Former Selwyn College students donate $70,000 for classroom repairs
Selwyn College Old Scholars Association (SOSA) Anniversary Committee today delivered $70,000 to the school to kick start repair work to the school classrooms.
Caretaker Chairman of the Anniversary Committee Robert Iroga said in response to the school principal’s request to start repairs to the classrooms, they happily responded by delivering $70,000 on behalf of former students of the college to start the project.
“There’s nothing better than giving back to a school that help so many of us. We are proud to give back to our old school,” said Iroga.
School Principal Fr. Davidson Nwaeramo in thanking the former students said the support would help them to begin repair works by tomorrow (Saturday) and hope to finish two classrooms by end of next week.
The repair work will see the removal of very old half-wallings built with mostly timber, plywood and louvers to be replaced by concrete walling and the top part with louvers. Since the school was opened in 1993, no major repair works were done to the classrooms.
“I want to sample the first two form one classrooms and from there we move on to all the classes until we reach form seven,” said Fr. Nwaeramo, who takes over from the current Governor General Sir David Vunagi who was the principal of the college until his election in June last year.
He said seeing that this is the 50th Anniversary of the school; it is only appropriate that the classrooms are repaired, as they are the academic nerve of the school.
Nwaeramo said work will start straightaway by the weekend and continue into next week whilst the students are on their one week holiday.
He hopes that the two classrooms will be completed before school resumes on the 20th of July.
Meanwhile Iroga explains that the $70,000 was part of the remaining balance of more than $500,000 that they raised in the 2017 during the 46th Anniversary of Selwyn College. He adds most of the money had been spent on repairs to all the students’ shower and toilet facilities back in 2017. Besides that the money raised during the 46th Anniversary had also been used to support the school with the girls’ new dormitory, installation of the solar system, the acquiring of a generator to power water into the school tanks and acquiring of chairs for the computer lab.
He said a full audit of the anniversary account has been carried out by qualified SOSA accountants and they will present their report once a general meeting is called.
Iroga highly commends SOSA members for their continued support to their old school and he calls on them to continue supporting their old school.
Meanwhile Iroga has suggested to Principal Nwaeramo to quickly request the Selwyn College Council to swiftly convene to make on a decision the date to host the School’s 50th Anniversary.
He said the coronavirus has seriously impeded plans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary this month and that is now impossible. However Iroga said the Council could suggest a possible timing for the anniversary and secondly to endorse a new committee to manage the celebrations.
As the caretaker chair, Iroga strongly suggests that the council seriously considers hosting the anniversary this year, possibly in early December.
“I have received countless messages from SOSA members wanting to celebrate the 50th Anniversary this year not any other years given its historic nature,” he told the principal.