School children in Ebute-Metta slum speak on daily struggle

School children in Ebute-Metta slum speak on daily struggle

Some school children in a slum located at Bariga have opened up on the challenges they have going to school and getting educated. In a recent episode of Slum Chronicles on Legit TV, some of them opened up on their ambition in life and how far they really want to go.

According to them, going to school every day is a struggle as they have to take a boat in order to get there. Despite this hassle, the children look forward to crossing on the water in order to learn something new.

Legit.ng had the opportunity of speaking to Noah Shemede, a school owner in the slum. He was able to shed more light on what it takes educating the children in the slum.

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He confirmed that the children take boat daily in order to get to the school. He also added that they learn swimming on their own as a means of survival since they live around there.

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School children in Ebute-Metta slum speak on daily struggle

Children on the boat heading to school.
Source: UGC

Shemede also said that some of the children can paddle the boat even though some parents drop their wards daily. His school has been in existence since 2009.

School children in Ebute-Metta slum speak on daily struggle

The classroom where learning activity takes place.
Source: UGC

He said he feels proud knowing nine of the students who graduated from his school are in the university. About one hundred and seventy eight students have made it to secondary schools while nineteen recently gained admission to secondary schools.

School children in Ebute-Metta slum speak on daily struggle

School children seen playing with Legit.ng reporter, Damilare Okunola.
Source: UGC

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There has not been any case of boat mishap involving the school children. The school owner said that the students pay a token for their education even though they are trying to make it free for all. There are also orphans in the school who do not pay a dime.

School children in Ebute-Metta slum speak on daily struggle

A student paddling a boat to school.
Source: UGC

Shemede said he feels fulfilled seeing the children get an education despite the inhibition posed by the environment. As at the time the interview was done, the school was under construction as some major work was being carried out in order to provide a more conducive environment for learning.

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