Group set to donate vocational centre worth N30 million to Alma Mater

The Eva Adelaja Girls Secondary School Old Girls Association (OGA) UK plans to commission the newly constructed Eva Adelaja Girls’ Secondary Grammar School Old Girls’ Association Vocational Centre, which would cost N30 million.

The vocational centre project, which aligns with the goal of the World Bank’s ‘Girls and Work Project,’ is scheduled to open on April 17th, 2024, at the institution’s location in Gbagada, Lagos.

The centre, worth N30 million, was developed to provide academic support and skill development opportunities for the students of Eva Adelaja Girls’ Secondary Grammar School and its recent graduates alike. It is one of the initiatives embarked upon by the UK  alumni association in the drive to meet the ever-growing demand for skills necessary for employment and entrepreneurial success as the skills foster lifelong learning and self-development.

Commenting on the scheduled donation, the president of the Eva Adelaja Old Girls Association (UK), Hon. Afolashade Ope highlighted that, “this initiative was established to support the objectives of the World Bank Project titled ‘Girls and Work Project,’ which aims to improve the living conditions of girls by providing job opportunities and training, particularly for those who haven’t completed their education.”

While appreciating the supporting of the Lagos State government, Afolashade said: “The role of the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Education under the leadership of Mr. Jamiu Alli-Balogun in bringing this project to reality cannot be overemphasised as they provided all the necessary support and approvals in ensuring the project materialised”

The president also commended the tenacity and sacrifice of the members of the Old Girls Association (UK) who, through different channels deployed by the association, were able to raise the required funds for the execution of the project.

The vocational centre, which is a pilot scheme of the association, has a sewing centre that is equipped with fabrics and sewing machines where students will be trained and equipped with all the skills needed to style and sew various clothing materials including pillowcases, bed sheets and hospital gowns useful especially in the healthcare industry.

As a further charitable act, the association has also pledged the donations of sewn fabrics to Gbagada General Hospital and the Eva Adelaja boarding school institution.

The vocational centre is the first major project undertaken by the United Kingdom based Alumni association of the school with the vision of equipping students with entrepreneurship and employable skills within Lagos State.