Edugist’s Back to School Campaign embarked on a journey through the bustling streets of Ebute Metta, Ilupeju, Mushin and Oshodi Metropolis, aiming to engage with key stakeholders in education, teachers, school owners, and students on the activities that marked the first week of resumption, the expectation of schools and the next steps.
It became a unique opportunity to delve into the experiences and aspirations of these individuals who are education stakeholders amidst the prevailing economic challenges.
Starting at the Intellect learning field, Ebute Metta, the campaign encountered a passionate school owner who expressed a deep desire to give back to society. Her vision was to make quality education affordable for all, underlining the importance of parents planning ahead for their children’s education. This commitment to accessible education resonated as a ray of hope for many families.
Further along the campaign trail, at Highway College in Ilupeju, the proprietor voiced concerns about the responsibilities placed on parents. While acknowledging the need for schools to adapt, he emphasised the importance of caution in making adjustments. Balancing quality and affordability remained a pressing issue. He said what makes any school standout is the investment made on education and the extracurricular activities.
In the public schools of Oshodi, teachers displayed unwavering optimism as the new academic year starts despite economic hardships. A teacher from Saint Jude Public School, Ebute Metta,highlighted the urgency of reinstating moral education within the curriculum. She passionately argued that amidst the prevailing social vices, moral education was crucial to guide students towards better choices.
Teacher Cole, representing Abraham’s Seed International School, called for government intervention to make basic education universally accessible and free. He also pointed out the practical issue of students often skipping classes during the first week of resumption due to cleaning activities.
The students themselves were not left out of the conversation. They enthusiastically shared that activities had already commenced, and the level of preparedness was on the rise.
However, a shadow loomed over this optimism: many parents were grappling with the financial burden of school fees.
Speaking of how teachers are coping during this period Awoyale from Highway College, Ilupeju said teachers like everyone are affected by the economic situation but while school fees are going up, teachers salary remain the same.
Edugist’s campaign brought to light the complex tapestry of challenges and hopes within the education sector. The dedication of educators, the aspirations of school owners, and the eagerness of students contrasted with the financial struggles faced by parents.
As a new academic calendar dawned, the education community faced a collective challenge of finding a balanced path forward, one that would ensure quality education remains accessible to all, even in the face of economic adversities.