Immaculate Conception Girls Boarding School based in Umutu, Delta State is a joint project in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Warri. Built on land donated by the local communities the aim is to have the Immaculate Conception school operating as a self-sustaining entity operating to the highest standards of education. Speed of implementation has been a result of enthusiastic and proactive stakeholder engagement.
BNET Project Overview
Ground clearance and building work began in 2006 and by 2009 Phase One comprising a 3-classroom block and a hostel complex capable of accommodating 60 students was completed. The first school year started September 2010 with a total population of 23 students, 6 full time staff and 3 part-time teachers with 12 non-academic staff responsible for student welfare. The cost of funding Phase One was £70,000.
The Catholic Diocese of Warri funded the sisters' residence block, a school bus for its students and a Rectory as well as providing management supervision of the building work.
- In 2011 BNET undertook to fund a purpose-built science block to house separate Chemistry, Physics, Biology laboratories and a computer room at a cost of £40,000. These facilities were essential to ensure the school gained academic accreditation to allow its students to sit for WAEC and NECO secondary school leaving certificates.
- In 2012 additional funds were released to raise the height of the security wall for added safety and to install a standby generator.
- The academic year 2011/12 saw the enrolment of day students to supplement income and increase the student population. A scholarship scheme was funded with an annual grant of £4,000 for the benefit of four qualifying students selected from the two host communities who gave their land free for the school.
- In 2014 the construction, equipping and furnishing of the new science block was completed and commissioned. Following satisfactory inspection visits by WAEC and the Ministry of Education officials the school received approval for their students to take Senior Secondary School examinations.
- On Monday 26 January 2015 BNET Chairman David Brandler attended the official opening of the school's new science complex named The Donald Partridge Science Block. He was accompanied by Eng. Greg Ojieh, BNET's Resident Representastive, Nigeria and Mr Dele Fatayi-Williams the Trust's Project Co-ordinator.
- In 2015 the student population is expected to reach 150. The Trust's total investment in the school has amounted to £136,842, including funding the scholarship scheme.