Why I established a school, by Fadugba, ex-NUJ chair



‎NIGERIA: A VETERAN journalist, Deaconess Olufunke Fadugba, has explained the rationale behind her decision to establish a school.

Fadugba, a one-time Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, said that the school was part of her own contributions towards the attainment of better and qualitative education in the country.

According to her, the college, Fad Maestro International School, established in Orile-Igbein, in Obafemi-Owode Local Government of Ogun State, began operations last July 27 with 36 pupils and it is waxing stronger.

The Founder, who spoke at the maiden Christmas Carol of the institution, which comprises of primary and secondary schools, assured parents that their children are in safe hands.

*Fadugba with Ayodele and pupils of the school cutting the Christmas cake.
*Fadugba with Ayodele and pupils of the school cutting the Christmas cake.

“We came into this community with no pupils or students beside my able technical assistant, Demilade Lawal, but to the glory of God our first term is wrapping up with 36 children,” Fadugba said joyfully.

She added: “I assure you (parents) they are in safe hands.  Fad Maestro International School, in concrete terms, resumed on 27th July, 2016 with four teachers: Seyi Balogun, Azeez Oladipupo, Esther Segun and Tosin Oladipupo, three assistant teachers – Mrs. Bolanle Ogunlusi, Akinlolu Fadugba and Bose Fadugba – and myself.

“I should thank my driver, Moses Samson, for his untiring support.  Gladly now, we have Mrs. Ada, Patience Francis, Mrs. Ojeniyi and Usman Yusuf, also Margaret and Queen, our house assistants, for their contributions.”

The proprietress disclosed that the school started with a free summer programme with a record of 138 children giving hope that the vision was real.

“At Fad Maestro International School, our vision is to be an outstanding institution which is an embodiment of excellence, moral uprightness and integrity,” the Deaconess of The Apostolic Church, emphasised, adding: “And a mission to build generations of academically excellent and self-reliant youth, nurtured to uphold moral values and integrity.”

She further explained that the driving force behind the establishment of the college was not to extort, but to build and not to exploit but to be socially relevant. According to her, in terms of academic content, the school is strictly applying the curriculum with relevant instructional materials.

“Our library is e-library while out laboratory is being put together.  Our teachers are upwardly mobile, technologically compliant and most importantly student friendly,” she added.

The founder maintained that teaching approach is a combination of traditional, classical, thematic and technological methods, adding that the school environment is serene, as parents can attest to the change in educational capacity of their children since “we took over caring for them academically.”

The college’s Board Chairman, Dr. Johnson Ayodele, in his remark, commended the proprietress on her initiative and genuine idea of contributing positively towards the country’s academic excellence.

Ayodele, who said that he had known Fadugba in the last four decades, described her as a woman of embodiment of virtues.

He stressed that he can vouch for her competence, while calling on parents and guardians to be rest assured that their children are in safe hands.

The chairman, who is a PhD holder in Criminology, expressed optimism that the college has tendencies to grow positively by producing the best brain for the country in the academic world.

Similarly, a parent, Mrs. Toyin Adebayo, disclosed that she was comfortable with her two children as pioneer pupils of the school.

She recalled that it was during the summer classes that her two children fell in love with the school and resolved to register them there.

“We are happy and have conviction that the school is going to be great,” Adebayo said, adding: “So far we have been seeing differences in the academic performances of the students.”

Also speaking at the ceremony, where appreciation and vote of thanks was delivered by a student, Ayomide Martins, a parent, Mrs. Titilayo Akinwande, said that she had no regret registering her child in the school.

According to her, the school all started like a child play when she registered her child for summer lessons.

The parent further noted at the carol service where the students entertained guests with various performances, which include song presentation, cultural display and choreography, that it had been a joy for the family that the child has improved academically since she became student of the school, in comparison to her previous school.

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