David Brandler, BNET Chair, and Secretary, Elizabeth Dudley, visited the Temporary Library at the University Jos on Tuesday, July 4th 2017 to meet the University Librarian, Dr Stephen Akintunde, and to discuss BNET’s involvement in helping to replace and ship to Lagos journals and periodicals lost in a fire that completely destroyed the Old Library during the night on 08 October 2016.
Gethsemane was opened in September 2006 by Tunji and Taiwo Oluwatomisin, beginning as a 6 bedroom bungalow. The school now has 98 pupils, with an impressive ration of 12 to a class. Gethsemane employs 20 teachers has nine blocks of classrooms, a computer centre with 10 sets of computer systems and an 18 seater VW school bus. However, local security issues in 2012 threatened the safety of the school and they embarked on building school fencing and gates, sponsored by BNET.
Over the past few years more and more emphasis has been placed on education in Nigeria, especially in the North, seen as key to addressing multiple problems in the area. Concentrating on community schools in rural areas, Hope For The Village Child is building, renovating and equipping schools with furniture and other materials.
One of the projects of the Britain Nigeria Educational Trust is supporting the National Teachers Institute by providing a scholarship tagged Teachers Award to students who excel in their studies from the 36 states of the Federation.
We have received a very generous donation of £1000 from Mrs Grace Jenkins on behalf of the Owen Family Trust to mark the 90th birthday of Professor Lalage Bown, OBE and her retirement as a BNET trustee after 10 years of valuable service. Many thanks indeed!