|A private school in Nigeria|
“I no blame dem”, I muttered under my breath in annoyance. “Wetin concern me with dem before?" I asked no one in particular as I gunned the engine of the car and zoomed off to my next destination. I was at my wits end. “Who be the ‘dem" you ask? Well, ‘dem’ happened to be some private elementary schools visited in the course of my search for a suitable school for my ward, a search I had grossly underestimated. Going by their signboards, there is an ‘international’ private school in every neighbourhood; in fact my residence is situated adjacent to one.
Some school owners take the term, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) too literally, “What’s the big deal in setting up a school?” they ask. “It should be as simple as ABC since it is for children!” Their countless hours spent browsing design websites such as Pinterest and Houzz must account for something! Next line of action is to lease a property (bungalow or duplex depending on the availability of funds) splurge money on some fancy play sets, splash bright colours on the wall, commission an artisan to fabricate the partitions for the spaces, sprinkle a hearty dose of children themed wall decals, and viola, the building is ready. "Who needs a design professional? Afterall na two brains dem get?!"