The Tudunwada community of Lugbe, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja has become a beneficiary of toilet and water project of Wisdom International School of Excellence (WISE), Abuja.
The project, which is part of the school’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) enabled Tudunwada community, where the school is sited, to construct toilet, water borehole, hand washing and plastic reuse facilities.
The commissioning of the project was performed at the weekend by the National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS) and the FCT Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA).
Aside helping the water supply and sanitation needs of the community, the project would also “contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3,4,6, 9, 11, 13 and 17.
“It will also help the students to learn about strategic thinking, creativity and problem solving”, said a statement issued by the school authorities.
The Head of the School, Mrs. Adesuwa Ogwu, appreciated the efforts of the Tudunwada traditional council, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and a private firm – Fatoa & Associates Nigeria Limited – in partnering with WISE towards ensuing that the community is Open Defecation Free (ODF).
She encouraged parents to send their children and wards to Wisdom International School of Excellence (WISE) as a 21st century complaint school that prepares students for future challenges, financial and digital literacy.
The school also offers the community free medical outreach, entrepreneurship development, peace education, Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) during beneficiaries and students are trained in 21st century employability skills and competencies.
Mrs Ajumbi Achegbulu, the Programme Manager of Initiative for Education and Development (IDEE), another partner in the project, highlighted the significance of such partnerships and collaborations that enables schools, NGOs and private organizations work together to solve communal challenges.
The project is to be handed over to the community’s Water and Sanitation Committee (WASHCOM), which has engaged a private operator to ensure maintenance and sustainability of the facility.
Students of WISE spiced the commissioning ceremony with their performance of drama skits and songs on the importance of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in reducing diseases, poverty and COVID-19.