Okota Rotary Club empowers women, donate ICT, first AID kits to schools
Rotary Club of Okota, District 9110, says it has empowered five women, donated ICT equipment, fully kitted first aid boxes and supply note books to some schools in Okota Community area of Lagos State.
Its President, Ronke Jones-Adewale, said that the donations were part of the “Three in One” project embarked upon by the club.
It was tagged: “Basic Education and Literary Project”.
Jones-Adewale said items donated by the club to the beneficiaries included complete ICT system unit with all in one printer, universal power supply.
In the empowerment programme, each beneficiary woman got Ex large insulated cooling container, plastic cooler, five cartoons of soft drinks, five cartoons of bottled water and stipends for ice blocks.
The club president said that donations to the schools were continuous programme.
She said that the first aid boxes had been introduced in some schools in line with the Motto of Rotary: “Doing Good in the World, Service To Humanity”.
The club leader said that four out of the six schools had been enjoying the club’s programme before two other schools were added.
Jones-Adewale said that the complete ICT system unit with all in one printer and universal power supply were donated to two secondary schools in Okota, which made the total number of beneficiary schools to be eight.
“Regarding the empowerment, the impact is definitely going to be felt by the beneficiaries, their dependants and invariably the community.
“The items of empowernment will shore up the income base of the beneficiaries, the entire value chain involved in delivering the service, while also providing satisfaction to the consumers in whichever community they might be operating their businesses,” she said.
Oderinde said: “It has really held us back from doing our normal things, but still we went ahead under the leadership of a determined president.”
The secretary said that both international and at the centre, most of our meetings are now virtual, like this programme that we did today, we supposed to have done it long time ago, this Rotary year, the president is so committed.
“I salute her courage she went ahead and make sure that she accomplished all her set goals, because we are rounding up the Rotary year.
“But we thanked God, we are law abiding organisation; we don’t go contrary to the government directive.
“But, we put all the recommendations laid by government into place during the programme, we ensure we maintain social distances,” he said.
Oderinde said that the club president had completed her set goals.
Earlier, Mrs Tiitlope Okubadejo, a former President and Chairman Service Project, said that Rotary delighted to see people expressing their joy and satisfaction about what the club has been able to do for them.
Okubadejo said all these we have done today were just to ensure that we affect the lives of our community positively.
“Whenever we rise up between the Okota Community that we are from Rotary, we are happy the way people welcome us, because they know that we are positively impacting their lives,” she said.
A beneficiary, Mrs Bolanle Ariyo, said she was very happy that the club did not wait for the big things to happen before empowering them.
Ariyo said that she did not know anybody from the club, but was nominated to be among the beneficiaries, adding that what was given to her would go a long way, especially at this point in time.
She prayed that none of the club members will be victims of COVID-19.
Also, Mrs Mojisola Adeyoyin, the Headmistress, Low Cost Primary School II, responding on behalf of all beneficiary schools, said that the club had just addressed one of the major needs of pupils in her school.
Anambra govt. empowers teachers with farm inputs for school farming
Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba, the Commissioner for Agriculture in Anambra says the ministry has extended its farm inputs distribution to schools across the state for the 2020 farming season.
Onukwuba made this known on Thursday while presenting the farm inputs to some teachers in Awka.
He said that most public primary and secondary schools in the state have large expanse of land, which could be used for cropping activities and urged the teachers to maximise the policy.
“We want to chase away hunger and unemployment in our state; we must join hands with the governor to promote agriculture,” he said.
He said that the inputs support given to the schools would achieve maximum yield and tasked the teachers to make efforts to achieve the government’s goal of encouraging young farmers in the state.
Onukwuba charged the teachers to apply the inputs using best agricultural practices to achieve the objective which the school farming was initiated.
He said that the ministry had presented pumpkin, okro and maize seedlings, sweet potatoes, lime, cassava stems and organic fertiliser to various schools.
Mrs Ifenyinwa Uzoka, the Director of Extension Services in the ministry, who briefed the teachers on the best agricultural practices, said an agro company, “Harvest plus” provided some of the seedlings to the ministry to support government’s call for “Go back to Agriculture” initiative.
Mr Joevita Arazu, the Principal of Igwebuike Grammar School Awka, who spoke on behalf of other teachers reassured of their support to government policies.
Arazu said that they would do their best to key into the new policy of subsistence farming for school children.
He commended the government and ministry of agriculture for their support to schools in the state and promised to utilise the inputs properly.
Government-run schools in Pakistan’s Sindh to hold online classes amid COVID-19
The government-run schools in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province will hold online classes for students stuck at home owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a notification released by the Sindh education department on Friday.
The department has issued directives to all district directors to provide data of teachers and students of public schools by June 17, said the notification, adding that online classes will be held for sixth to 12th grade students.
Some 75 trainers will train teachers on holding online classes, and the provincial government has also hired information technology experts for smooth conducting of the classes, according to the notification.
The classes will be launched with the help of the United Nations Children’s Fund and Microsoft.
The provincial education department also allowed private schools across Sindh to start online classes.
Zimbabwe parliament cautions against re-opening schools amid COVID-19 pandemic
Zimbabwe’s parliament has cautioned against the imminent re-opening of schools, saying that conditions on the ground were not yet conducive for such a move amid more COVID-19 infections.
The government has been planning to re-open schools for public examinations with the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council, setting June 30 as the provisional start date for the Ordinary and Advanced Level June examinations.
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said interactions her committee had with various stakeholders had shown that the country was not ready for the re-opening of schools.
Teachers’ unions were also worried over the safety of pupils and teachers, she said.
“All these stakeholders said we cannot proceed to re-open because the basics like running water, personal protective equipment and basic screening equipment that are needed for that are not there,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga said.
Ministry says will decontaminate schools in 6 geopolitical zones
The Ministry of Environment says it is making effort to decontaminate schools across the country before the resumption of students.
Dr Mohammad Abubakar, the Minister of Environment made this known while briefing the newsmen on activities to kick start the 2020 World Environment Day (WED) on Thursday in Abuja.
World Environment Day is marked every year all over the World on June 5.
Abubakar said that the ministry’s health officers in all the six geopolitical zones would handle the exercise before schools resumed.
“We have started decontamination in all the six geopolitical zones and we are now waiting for additional response from the government to accelerate decontamination of schools,” he said.
“We have just concluded arrangement with the management of airport and owners of airlines to disinfect all the airports because aviation is key and must be handled for safety purpose,” he said.
He, however, said that COVID-19 had been a bless in disguise to all nations in the area of reduction emission from vehicles, airlines among others.
“While we continue to battle with the crisis as environmentalists, we must continue to contribute our quota in the collective efforts being made to contain the spread of the pandemic.
“For this reason, the UN deems it fit to address biodiversity with the theme: ‘‘Time for Nature’’, with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on earth and human development.”
He said that over one million plant and animal species risk extinction largely due to human activities, which calls for action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of nature.
“The theme is indeed very appropriate, considering the fact that researchers and scientist have established COVID-19 to be zoonotic.
“In order to fully address and prevent future pandemics therefore, we must restore, conserve and protect biodiversity as key antidotes to COVID-19 recovery.”
According to UNEP, 2020 is a year for urgency, ambition and action to address the crisis facing nature.
He said that it was also an opportunity to fully incorporate nature-based solutions into global climate action, especially as commemorating the day has become a powerful platform to engage communities and governments around the world to take action on challenges facing the planet.
“In this regard, the ministry is using an alternative online platform for delivering the advocacy for this year’s WED.
“The online event will be hosted on ‘zoom’ with a series of talks as regards our commitment to Biodiversity Conservation.
“Biodiversity is the foundation for life and there are myriads of benefits amongst which are, livelihoods and sustainable development, improvement and delivery of food security, growth, increase in job opportunity,
strengthening of global healthcare support systems.
“The ecosystem is the baseline that holds all of these together. Human interaction with the ecosystem must therefore remain balanced, otherwise we risk disrupting nature with their consequence as we are seeing with the COVID 19 pandemic.
“Our climate, physical environment and vegetation zones in Nigeria endow our country with a very diversed ecosystem, species of fauna and flora.
“The forests in Nigeria are currently estimated to extend to around 9.6 million hectares, this we are expanding with added efforts of the Great Green Wall, REDD+ and the Green Bonds supported afforestation projects amongst several others.
“From all this, we must ensure that post-COVID recovery is tied to our Climate Actions and Sustainable Development Goals.
“We as a global community have to stay on track with our climate targets for us to recover greener and better for people and planet.’’
The minister said that biodiversity remained the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges being faced in the country.
“The Federal Government is fully committed to the Global Biodiversity Framework under the convention on Biological Diversity and Nigeria is leading the ECOWAS member states on Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework.”
Roundup: Italy confirms downward trend in new infections, facemasks ready for high school exams
Italy’s accumulated coronavirus cases reached 234,013 on Thursday, up by 177 compared to the previous day, confirming the downward trend in new infections, the country’s Civil Protection Department said.
The number of new infections is lower than the 321 new cases recorded Wednesday.
According to the latest daily data, active infections stood at 38,429, a decrease of 868 from a day earlier.
The country’s death toll grew by 88 to 33,689 over the past 24 hours, the Civil Protection said in its bulletin.
As the pandemic slowed down visibly in recent weeks, Italy further eased the lockdown.
From Wednesday, people in Italy were allowed to move freely within the country. Travel restrictions were also eased the same day, so travelers from Schengen countries, Non-Schengen EU member states, the United Kingdom, Andorra and Monaco can visit the country without subjecting to quarantine.
Emergency officials said that the government is straining to ensure the best safety for pupils and teachers ahead of the high school final exams, due to take place starting from mid-June.
“We are about to send 5.2 million facemasks to the schools, since it is essential that our kids can take their final exams safely,” Commissioner for the Coronavirus Emergency Domenico Arcuri told a press conference.
As all schools and universities in the country have remained physically closed for the whole COVID-19 emergency — with teaching based on distance-learning methods only — the Education Ministry stated that upper secondary schools students would take their final exams in indoor classrooms.
This will involve some 480,000 students.
“The distribution (of the masks) to the 3,595 institutes across the country, where final exams will take place starting from June 17, has started today,” Arcuri specified.
The app is based on Bluetooth — with no geo-localization — to record the mobile phone users’ movements, and is being used voluntarily and anonymously.
The cabinet asked for a confidence vote on the decree in both lower house and senate in order to cut short the parliamentary debate. The lower house had approved it in late May.
Namibia resumes school after COVID-19 shutdown
The education ministry closed all schools in March this year after Namibian president declared a state of emergency and subsequent restrictions.
At Rocky Crest High School in Namibian capital Windhoek, teachers have set up a screening station. Each learner is screened and sanitized before entering the school premises.
Justine Klein, principal of Rocky Crest High School, said that this is done in compliance with the state health regulations.
Schools are also checking the temperature of each learner and observing other measures.
The school principal of Augustineum Secondary School in Windhoek, Rudolph Matengu, said that the school procured masks for all learners.
“All staff members at schools and learners wear masks to ensure compliance to health measures in place,” he said.
To promote sanitation and handwashing, some schools have set up tippy-taps, made out of three supporting metallic poles on which a reusable plastic bottle with water and soap hangs. Also, a foot lever for releasing water.
The schools have also minimized contact, observing social distancing by dividing learners into smaller groups, with the number of learners in a class drastically reduced.
Meanwhile, according to Matengu, learners are also happy to see each other after two months of school closure, although they cannot hug and be close to each other.
Absalom Absalom, spokesperson of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, said Thursday that more than 49,000 learners in grade 11 and 12 returned to school on June 3.
In the meantime, according to Absalom, schools that have not yet met hygiene and safety measures such as water provision, sanitation, screening provision and disinfection remain closed.
Namibia has recorded 25 cases of COVID-19, of which 16 cases have recovered.
Jigawa govt. to enroll 1,322 repatriated Almajiris into schools
The Jigawa Government said it would enroll into schools 1,322 Almajiris repatriated from various states.
“We have directed the enrollment of those discharged into primary schools to commence western as well as continue Qur’anic education,” Badaru said.
The governor said that the state was reaching a turning point in the fight against the COVID-19 as numbers of new infections were decreasing.
He said that new cases were mainly derived from contact tracing, rather than freshly imported infections.
He said that the development was clear indication that the government could overcome the pandemic by accelerating and refining its current response strategies.
“Nonetheless, this decreasing trend will be sustained only if all of us continue to support government’s efforts and observe laid down measures put in place to checkmate the spread of the disease.
“As we loosen up and relax lockdowns, we must observe social distancing, personal hygiene and use of face masks while in the midst of the public.
“Anything short of these will soar the pandemic and lead to another wave of infection that can be disastrous and devastating,” Badaru warned.
The governor further stated that work was ongoing to scale up isolation bed capacity to 450.
According to him, if the decreasing trend continues, the state may not hit the projected target of 800 cases as predicted in the best case scenario projection of modeling experts.
“I promised scaling up isolation bed capacity to 450. Work is currently ongoing to achieve this target.
“However, if the trend continues, we may not hit the projected target of 800 cases as predicted in the best case scenario projection of modeling experts.
“Nonetheless, we will fulfill our promise as earlier pledged,” Badaru assured.
Lagos State Govt. feeds 11,965 primary school pupils in 12 months
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said that it fed 11,965 pupils in primary schools across the state in the last 12 months.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, disclosed this during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing in commemoration of the first year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration in office.
The Special Adviser added that it was meant to complement the Home Grown School Feeding Programme of the Federal Government which covered only pupils in Primary Class 1 to Primary Class 3.
”It is instructive to state that the pilot scheme was held in Lagos Island Local Government Area, where 33 public primary schools participated in the school feeding exercise,” she said.
Adebowale said that the importance of the initiative could not be over-emphasied as the nutritious snacks and juice were to energize pupils for memory retention of lessons learnt.
The Special Adviser also said that the snacks and juice were to improve school attendance and academic performance and serve as an incentive for higher enrolment and retention of pupils in public schools.
Adebowale said that in line with the resolve of Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s administration to ensure safety of students of tertiary institutions, the Office of Civic Engagement organized a sensitization programme on the menace of social vices in tertiary institutions.
According to her, this was with a view to creating awareness on the social and economic costs of engaging in cultism, drug abuse, sexual harassment and examination malpractices.
Adebowale said that such vices were impediments on students’ academic performance, constituted loss of valuable time as a result of school closure, and untimely deaths and disruption of social and economic activities in host communities.
She said that her office would continue to work hard to ensure peaceful co-existence among people, through meaningful engagement and amicable resolution of issues that could lead to breakdown of law and order in the state.
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