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About The Makoko Education Fund

Thank you for your interest in helping the Makoko community in the wake of the recent collapse of the 'Makoko Floating School' project led by the international architect, Kunle Adeyemi.

Whilst we appreciate the efforts of Mr. Adeyemi to help build a school for the community, the residents of Makoko now realizes that their needs are better served by projects that focus on education, healthcare, and sanitation, rather than projects that which focus solely on architecture.

As such, due to various requests, we are using this medium to outline some of the Makoko's more immediate needs. In particular, as they relate to the sector of education.



Summary of Current Operations at Whanyinna Primary School:

The Whanyinna Primary School currently accomodates 260 students taught by 9 teachers. They struggle to meet this payroll of N125,000.00 and ideally, we would like to add one teacher to reduce our average class size closer to our target of 25 students. Equally, there has long been demand for an additional 180 students that would like to enrol, so there is a plan for an extension to the existing school building to accomodate this number.



Desired Capital Works at Whanyinna Primary School:

Refurbishment:
The current building needs some small repairs as external funding has dwindled. This was as a result of the focus being diverted to the now defunct floating school. Proposed works include routine maintenance on the playground area, structural work on one of the posts, and repainting the building's exterior and some of the class rooms that have all gradually fallen into further disrepair since the building was constructed nearly 9 years ago in 2007.

Extension:
Since 2010, we have had plans and space allocated for an extension to the Whanyinna school which will accommodate the additional 180 students from our community who would like to attend but do not currently have space for. This extension will be a solidly constructed stilt design, similar to many of the structures that already exist in Makoko and have withstood the test of time.



Summary of Operation Costs at Whanyinna Primary School:

Current:
The community has always targeted a ratio of 1 teacher to 25 students. As we currently only have 9 teachers for the 260 students, we would like to immediately hire an additional teacher to bring the ratio back down to 26, instead of the current ratio of 1:29.

Planned:
If we build an extension, we will have a total of approximately 435 students enrolled in the school, this will require between a total of 15 and 18 teachers – between 6 and 7 more than we currently employ.



Summary of Cost Implications:

Capital Expenditure:
We estimate the refurbishment costs of the school will cost N1.5m to complete to have it back to the condition it was in in 2008 when it was commissioned. We further estimate the cost of building an extension to the school to be N3.5m including furnishing it with desks, chairs and basic teaching equipment.

The total capital costs required are therefore estimated to be N5.0m


Operational expenditure:
We currently have a payroll for 9 teachers at the school of approximately N125,000 per month which is covered by donations from private individuals, NGOs, and fees paid by parents when there is a shortfall. We (Makoko.org & Friends of Makoko) have personally taken the task of securing funding for the school for more than 6 years.

Once we build an extension, we will have an operating budget of N300,000 per month to employ >15 teachers and cover administration costs. This new school will provide education to 435 pupils who are currently not enrolled.



Summary of Request

Since the collapse of the 'Makoko Floating School', many of our supporters have stepped up to help, to date, they have proposed a new-plan to better manage through an advisory board for the school, and raised more than N2,700,000.00 to go towards the planned expansion and improving operations.

The target is to raise about $40,000 USD total.

We therefore humbly request for donations (either monetary or in kind) and we will establish the effective operations of the Whanyinna School as a landmark example of a public-private partnership which enables the education of more than 400 children that might otherwise remain unschooled.

More generally, on behalf of the community, in addition to helping us meet the basic needs of the school, we will also look into implementing a ‘slum-upgrade’ plan which moves to improve basic sanitation in the community through the introduction of cost-effective measures which enhance waste-water management that will better help the century-old community of Makoko function in a healthier manner.

We will post regular updates of our progress via this medium and all our Social Media accounts.

Please click here to contribute to our GoFundMe Campaign.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

Signed:

Isimeme Etomi, Jonathan Millard, Damilola Odiye and Noah Shemede (Headmaster, Whanyinna School - Makoko)

 

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