10 Essential Needs of Nigerian Public Schools

A good number of pupils in our public schools do not have enough clothing, food, education and healthcare. Being disadvantaged means deprived economically, politically and socially. They hardly get opportunities. They have inadequate nutrition, higher risk of diseases and lack access to healthcare and basic essentials for living resulting in low achievement.

One cannot make such people opulent but can at least help them achieve the essentials of life and lead a prosperous life.

Providing the basics for these children, helping them is a noble endeavor, also the more you strengthen their dependency. If given the good education and opportunity, there would be an effective and long-lasting improvement in their lives.

Let create a new system built on inter-dependency which motivates them to work and move forward and their dignity is maintained.

Here are some basic essentials needed in Nigeria public school, but do not exist:

1. Computer Labs A modern school needs to have connectivity everywhere and treat computers more like pencils than microscopes.

2. Learning in prescribed places When you ask people to remember a meaningful learning experience from high school, chances are the experience didn't take place in a space designed for learning. Working in groups, while on a trip, while doing a project or learning while talking with friends — those are the lasting, meaningful learning experiences. Yet we don't design schools to accommodate these activities and focus only on the formal spaces.

3. Teacher-centered classroom Classrooms were designed for lecture and crowd control, with the teacher as the central figure of knowledge and authority. The teacher had knowledge to impart through direct instruction. Small groups of kids working, project work, and student presentations are essential model to be initiated.

4. Isolated Classrooms "Isolation is the enemy of improvement"- Tony Wagner of the Harvard School of Education. Most schools are designed in a way that isolates teachers from each other. Teachers often learn to teach in isolated boxes and perpetuate that style throughout their career. Interior windows get "papered over" and blinds are shut. Yet out of school, people work in teams and are visually and often aurally connected.

5. Departmental Organization In order to break down the size of schools and to allow students to learn across curriculum, it's essential to organize schools so that teachers of various subjects are located together. This not only emulates how people work today – in collaborative groups – but encourages teachers to consider students holistically, not only as they perform in a specific subject.

6. School corridors Corridors take up a lot of valuable real estate in a school and are unoccupied most of the time. If rooms are arranged in groups around a common space, corridors are not necessary. And unused corridors can be made into informal learning spaces.

7. Traditional School Libraries In a modern school a library should be more of a learning commons able to support a variety of student activities as they learn to access and evaluate information. Apparently most of our government owned schools lack rooms let alone rooms with books.

8. Indoor Gyms/Sport Center Most gyms have no access to natural light because of fear of glare that might interfere with sporting events. Designing glare-free gyms is possible but typically requires more natural light not less. Skylights, well placed windows and ample light create a great experience and a functional space.

9. Institutional Food ServiceWith cleanup activities it takes the commons/cafeteria out of action most of the day which indicates absence of proper cleaning. Decentralizing food service allows students to eat in smaller groups and also allows multi-use of spaces. Even if the food isn't better, the space can be.

10. Large Restrooms Students try to avoid using school restrooms even in new schools because of concerns over privacy, bullying, and cleanliness contribute. To avoid restroom use, students stop drinking water and become dehydrated, and unable to focus. They use individual restrooms that are located in the shared learning areas between classrooms. There seems to be a feeling of ownership for these, so they don't get trashed. Also, they have more privacy, and there's less possibilities of getting infected with any type of toilet disease.

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