On August 19, new AUN enrollees excitedly participated in the painting of a block of classrooms at the Government Day Secondary School, Yola Town.
“Initially, the class walls were bare,” said Chukwuemeka Okpo from Enugu, “as if they never had paints before; but now they look better.” The Software Engineering major from Abuja who engaged in community service for the first time opined that a painted school is supposed to be a necessity.
It is why Lagos-based Tolu Omonale, another student from Kogi, said she could not imagine going to that classroom every day. “It was horrible. It looks better now that it is painted… the students will be more excited to be in class now.” The Telecoms & Wireless Technology major said the integration of activities of this nature was an attractive feature of the university, and one reason leading her to decision to come to AUN. “It was fun.”
An International & Comparative Politics major, Naomi Nbona from Adamawa State but based in Kaduna, said the newly refurbished classroom inspires learning. “If the classroom is colorful and bright, it also encourages the person to learn more, because the color adds to creativity.”
Gabriel Eremia from Rivers State felt fulfilled to have contributed to the University’s host community. For this Abuja-based Software Engineering major, community service is not new. He did a similar community project while a student at Regent Secondary School, Abuja. “The walls were chipped; the school definitely looks brighter after painting. It looks more vibrant and this would probably encourage more children here who have not had a chance to come and learn.”
The Director Residence of Life, Abdullahi Bello, said the newly arrived students are usually very excited about this activity. “This is the way we introduce new students to community service program that we have at AUN…They see how we take whatever knowledge that exist in their education institution and use that to better the community and improve the lives of almost everyone around us.”
The Director Community Service, Mohamadou Dabo, said the activity is a learning opportunity for students. “Bringing them outside for this activity is just to teach them the value of our community. They can learn it and when they go back to their own communities, they can help those who are in need.”
Principal of the Secondary School, Umar Sadiq, said the community is happy because they have started feeling the contribution of these new students, just as they have of others. “We’ve long been having this impact in this community… It is part of what makes our environment conducive for learning. It beautifies the environment and the students will be happy if they are here in a very nice and good looking environment.”
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa