October 14, 2019 marked the 56th year the International School Ibadan (ISI) was founded. To commemorate the day, ex-students of the school (graduating class of 1989) donated a block of four classrooms to the school.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by dignitaries including former Principal: Mrs Ester Adetola Smith, former Vice-Principal: Dr (Mrs) Patricia Oyelola, current Principal (Mrs. Phebean Olowe), the Vice Chancellor of UI (Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka), the Deputy Vice Chancellor- Academic, (Prof. Adebola Ekanola), several former teachers and at least 35 members of the ISI graduating set of 1989.
The Alumni Association, comprising folks from all walks of life and located all over the world came together to raise capital within a year for the project.
Conceived in 2018 following discussions with school authorities on their specific needs, a team of tireless alumni members devoted time and effort to pull off such a monumental feat.
Hours and days of volunteered time planning and execution resulted in the wonderfully designed and delivered edifice. Interviews held with members of the project planning committee consistently mentioned the need to “give back” was the driver and theme of the project; something which they have demonstrated to be achievable through collaboration and hard work.
They went on to appeal to others to borrow a leaf from what they have done to also find ways of giving back – either to their Alma Mater or communities.
The 1989 set numbering 105 (donors) out of 160 that finished from the school was coordinated by an Aerospace Engineer, Eng. Olaponle Fasehun-Sharp and presented the multi-purpose building worth N16.32m to the school as part of their contribution to the advancement of education in the school.
Alongside monetary donations, the project would not have been possible without the help and voluntary professional contributions of other Alumni: Arch. Oyeladun Ajayi (Weatherhouse Group Nigeria), who designed the building Arch. Bolaji Ajakaye (First Goldfinch Global) and Eng. Kayode Adelekun (Integrated Builders Limited) who supervised the construction of the building.
According to Eng. Muyiwa Akinyosoye, one of the unveiling team members, “the school has seen a tremendous number of very successful people pass through it and the least we could do was to show some degree of appreciation by giving back with the hope others would do the same”.
He went on to say “As Nigerians we need to imbibe such qualities and work side-by-side authorities through collaboration to help build a better nation” – taking a leaf from JF Kennedy famous and inspirational quote: “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”
In conclusion, Mrs Phebean Olowe acknowledged the donation the largest give-back the school has ever received and praised the class of ‘89 for embarking and delivering on such a project to which she said the school would eternally be grateful.
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