A School for All
As of this writing, in March, 2017, approximately 70 students, ranging in age from 4 to 11 years, are enrolled in school in the Abeokuta Leprosy Settlement, and approximately 500 of which 23 are dependants of the Abeokuta PALs (People Affected by Leprosy).
75 are enrolled in the Oji River Settlement of which 32 are dependants of the PALs.
The Oji River School was originally founded in the 1930s by British missionaries, and draws its student population from both within and outside the settlement.
This is an encouraging trend. Sharing a school fosters integration and understanding, which in turn helps fight the stigma that can prevent sufferers from seeking diagnosis and treatment.
Many graduates of the schools have pursued higher education or entered trades. In 2015, a student and skilled worker including bricklaying who helped build the chicken farm, finished his A-Level studies in Abeokuta, and is now pursuing a three-year degree in Accountancy, funded by Leprosy Outreach.
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