About 15 of the shipping company staff, selected from various departments, took over three periods of the school’s morning session; teaching pupils from Nursery 1 to Primary 6 on various subjects.
They had surprised teachers of the classes they were each assigned to with their preparedness and had won their admiration.
Head teacher of the school, Mrs. Palmer Grace, commended the Maersk staff turned teachers for their efforts, noting that “they were teaching like professionals.”
She appreciated the company for its efforts towards the progress of education in Lagos State especially for its particular interest in the school as shown by the numerous contributions it has made towards its development.
“They renovated four blocks of classroom in the school; they gave us 250 desks and benches; they renovated our toilets and our library. They even gave us borehole. From time to time Maersk has been there for us,” she said.
Speaking with SHIPS& PORTS DAILY, General Manager Human Resource of Maersk Nigeria, Ada Onyeri, who led the Maersk delegation to the school, said that the brief teaching exercise was initiated by the team of staff who engaged in it as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility in celebration of its twenty five years of doing business in Nigeria.
She said: “We are celebrating twenty five years this year and our trip to State Nursery and Primary school is not the first; our footprints are here. We have done a couple of CSR activities here but this time around we decided to do something different to give our services. It is not all about goods but also about services, and to impact lives.
“We were once children, the nursery and primary is where we all started. So if you look at it in celebrating our history, we are going back to foundation and there is no better place to start than with the nursery and primary school,” Onyeri said.
Penultimate Friday, the Maersk Nigeria team had visited Modupe Cole Memorial Child Care Home and Treatment School, Yaba where they donated various gift items including a giant refrigerator, clothes, shoes, and toiletries among others to the physically challenged children of the home.
The gifts were received by the head teacher of the school, Mrs. Florence Kayode who appreciated the company. Kayode charged other corporate organizations to emulate Maersk Nigeria Limited’s gesture.