Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Spaces for Change Donates Learning Resources to Lagos Slum School

The 27th day of June 2014 wasn’t just an ordinary day for pupils and members of the Otto/Ilogbo extension slum community in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area in Lagos State. On that day, Spaces for Change staff and volunteers , led by its executive director, Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, donated learning resources and materials to the pupils of Young Leaders Academy (YLA), a ramshackle and hastily knocked-up shed that serves as the only nursery and primary school within the slum village.  The school - a one-roomed hall, barely the size of a standard bedroom, with gaping slits and cracks in its wooden walls - is the equivalent of the luxurious Grange School for the slum children. Founded in July 2012 by Musibau De great Agbodemu, a slum dweller himself, YLA was borne out of his quest to ensure that the poorest slum dwellers had access to basic education. 


An anonymous caller to the popular WOMAN radio programme hosted by Zoe Chinaka on Nigeria Info FM 99.3 complained about her boss who was sexually harassing her at her workplace. She wanted to know what to do and was afraid of losing her job if she did not give in to his demands. This prompted the discussion around the special radio discussion on the 19th of June, 2014, featuring Spaces for Change's OluwaFunmilayo Fakeye.
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