One of AUN’s core values is service. The university encourages students to initiate and participate in various selfless acts in its drive to build character.
On January 19, the spring 2019 class performed their first community service. Equipped with brushes, paint and buckets, they painted a classroom block at Mbamba Primary School, Yola South.
Assistant Director, Ahmed Aliyu, explained service to the community as a critical component of the AUN mission as a development university.
A Computer Science major Avi Amanguno said he had never been involved in such an activity and the experience made him feel good. He believes that the freshly painted school will attract more pupils.
Although Raliat Abdulkadir had done some form of community service before, it was the first time she was painting. To her, it does not seem like hard work.
“It’s just like friends hanging out, making fun of each other and painting. But I like it.”
An Information Systems major, Zainab Bobbo, spoke in the same vein, describing community service as an activity she enjoys because it is fun. “And it gives the pupils a brighter future too. A lot of them will actually be attracted to the new color.”
A Politics & International Relations major, Simi Ogunlela, said she had been involved in helping her church feed the less privileged before, but painting a school is a totally new experience. She looks forward to more community service opportunities.
A Communications & Multimedia Design major, Jennifer Onwuka, said doing it free had saved costs for the school and the children will have an environment conducive for study.
Dahiru Bello, who spoke on behalf of the principal, said students of AUN had previously assisted the school by providing sporting facilities and textbooks as well as volunteering to teach pupils. Community service initiatives such as this are a regular fare of AUN’s extra-curricular activities line up. Student volunteers and staff are encouraged to participate as a bequest to the university’s legacy in the host community.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa