Orphan: Greensprings students sent me to school

Orphan: Greensprings students sent me to school

Currently published on The Nation

Elizabeth Efua Emmanuel has the pioneer set of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students of Greensprings School, Lekki, to thank for being a graduate today.

This is because they raised funds for her to attend Bowen University Iwo, Osun State, where she studied Mass Communication.

Elizabeth, an orphan, met with the students when they visited the Arrows of God Orphanage Home in 2010 on a community assistance project.  By then, she had gained admission but could not go to the university because of lack of funds.

The students raised the funds that kept her in school, to Elizabeth’s surprise, for four years by embarking on various projects.

She said: “When the IB students of Greensprings School came to Arrows, Rev. D.C Ogo introduced me to them and told them the challenges I was facing.  To my amusement, they promised to cater for my university education. I wondered how these students would pay my fees for four years.

But to my surprise, they paid my fees a few days later. They took a loan and started some fund raising activities to raise money to repay the loan and continued to pay my fees.

I gathered that they sold pizza, organised movie nights, jumble sales and lots more to keep the funds coming. I thought that at some point the payment of my fees would stop but that never happened.”

Elizabeth, who graduated in 2014 and completed her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) last year, is grateful to the students for contributing to her life.

One of the IB students involved in the project, Moyo Maku, is now a second class upper Law student at De Montfort University UK.  She is happy to have participated in the programme.

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“I still feel incredibly proud and humbled that in my time, we were able to teach children in an orphanage regularly and actually raised tuition for one of them for her university education through different fundraising projects,” she said.

Sixth Form Principal, Greensprings School, Mrs Jennifer Sunkanmi-Qazzeem, said IB students not only get quality academic training but gain maturity that allows them to be better prepared for the university.

“Our children need to attain a comfortable level of maturity before we let them go abroad for their degree programmes so that they can appreciate the need to give back to their country in their own little way,” she said.

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