On February 15, Lokoshire Primary School, Yola, celebrated its two-block classroom after it was renovated by AUN Academy (Elementary).
“This is the first time we have a befitting block of classrooms in the community,” said Therman Yadom, a staff member at Lokoshire. AUN Academy pupils raised the funds for the renovation at their art exhibition of last year.
The pupils took a road trip to Lokoshire, a community that borders Yola and Fufore. The children went bearing gift items ranging from stationery, clothes, cookies, noodles, teddy bear, art, chalkboards, plastic tables, and chairs.
Excited to have the children, the villagers welcomed them with a dance while the pupils of Lokoshire sang a special song from their heart: “Thank you, AUN.”
“The first chalkboard in this school was donated by AUN Elementary, and since 2010, we have been benefiting from AUN’s generosity,” said Mr. Yadom. He recalled that they received drugs and had clean water after AUN dug a borehole for their community.
Bakari Jalo, Chief of Lokoshire, thanked AUN for its continued efforts in ensuring that education flourished in their community.
Administrator of AUN Academy (Elementary), Mrs. Elizabeth Raymond, was impressed by the warm reception. She noted that AUN teaches the ‘giving back’ attitude in the children even at their tender ages. She was moved by the Lokoshire children’s yearning for education, and pledged more support to the community through the elementary school.
The Academy pupils also shared the playground with their newly found friends, chanting their nursery rhymes as they played along.
“I want to give them all my things, and I liked this field trip, it was fun,” said Grade 5 pupil, Harma Barkindo.
By Nelly Ating