LASWA Trains 100 Pupils On Waterways Safety

LASWA Trains 100 Pupils On Waterways Safety
Some of the participants of the LASWA training for school pupils on Friday.

Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) concluded a one-week training on waterway safety for 100 pupils in riverine communities.

The training, which was the second edition, tagged, “Lagos Water Savvy Kids Programme”, saw LASWA partner with Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and Dolphin Swim School.

According to the General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, who spoke at that end of the programme, the students which participated were from four public schools in riverine communities in the Ojo axis of Lagos State.

The schools are Salvation Army Primary School, Ikare; Unity Grammar School, Ikare; Local Authority Primary School, Ibasa; and Local Council Primary School, Ibeshe.

Emmanuel said that the training was aimed at instilling water confidence in public school pupils by giving them theoretical and practical knowledge on waterway safety, swimming skills and basic survival techniques in an emergency.

“As you know, there is generally water phobia, even though we are surrounded by water, among the people of Lagos and Nigerians as a whole; this government is proactive. We want to ensure that we are utilising our resources, one of which is waterway; we have to ensure that people are confident on waterways.”

“One of the ways people can be confident is by learning to swim, and there is no other way to start than with youths within our society. You can’t train all of them at once; so, for us, it is a step-by-step process. This is how we have chosen to continue the process we started,” he said.

The General Manager also stressed that the training would be extended to adults later.

A Permanent Board Member, Lagos State Universal Basic Educational Board (LASUBEB), Mr Dayo Israel, said the training was phenomenal, adding that the pupils’ capacities were built for swimming and their water safety skills developed.

The LASUBEB official said that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration was determined to take the education sector to a greater height.

“We are changing the content with digitalising our classrooms, but that will not be enough to improve the cognitive without also working on the psychomotor. Therefore, what we are doing here today in Ibeshe is to empower children and develop their capacities to become Olympic gold medalists someday.

“We have a whole department called the Curriculum Department that continues to improve the skills of our young people and organise activities and programmes. For example, we are doing taekwondo, we are doing judo, we are doing a lot of other things; so, we are working closely with the state’s Sport commission,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Founder and Lead Instructor, Dolphin Swim School and Dolphin Aquatic Center Ltd., Mrs Aderoju Ope-Ajayi, said the pupils learnt how to use life jacket properly and how to swim with it.

Ope-Ajayi added that the pupils were taught the importance of water safety and they were able to grasp the concept; they are more confident and safer now on the waters. “Currently, we run a learn-to swim programme for children and adults,” she added.

One of the beneficiaries from Local Authority School, Ibese, Miss Dorothy Davo, said she was able to learn diving, swimming and basic survival strategies.

Speaking on behalf of all the beneficiaries, Davo thanked the state government and LASUBEB management for the training.

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