March 2010 School Visit

On a very dusty Harmattan morning, members of the Ishahayi Beach School Foundation embarked on a trip to visit two schools: the Light Nursery and Primary School at Ishahayi; and the Salvation Army Primary School at Ikaare. The Harmattan is a dry and dusty West African trade wind. It blows south from the Sahara into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March.

Visibility is obscured by harmattan dust.

The main purpose of this trip to the Light Nursery and Primary School was health. A first aid kit donated by the expat community was brought out to the school, where Meredith Salinas provided the teachers with advice on how to use the kit to clean wounds. Donated bars of soap were also provided to the school for first-aid and clean hand hygiene.

On this morning, board members were accompanied by two engineers from Netcom – Robert Durai and Bode Aremu. They were there to investigate the possibility of providing internet for the school. Many thanks to Netcom’s Karen Wright and Carlmichael Bordogna for looking to provide this rare opportunity for the children at the school. The IBSF is delighted to continue working with Netcom on this and other projects that will benefit schools in the greater Lagos area.

The next part of the trip involved a visit to the Salvation Army Primary school across the creek at Ikaare. Despite its name, the school is government run and recently the local government had totally refurbished the school. The results are quite impressive. The IBSF looks forward to working with the principal Mr. J. A. Saryenthn, to find ways to assist the school.

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