Emergency Education for Disenfranchised Children
OUR GOAL: We envision a world where education is as basic a need, and as available a commodity as food or water. Our goal is to foster the zeal of children to go to school, while providing the resources needed to support them, especially those who are from underprivileged backgrounds.
In the wake of the conflict and violence that occasionally rocks the Northeast region, is a trail of hunger, displacement, destruction of social amenities such as schools, and impeded child health. Asides the absence of schools and other social amenities, victims of insurgency, and other forms of organized violence often experience fear and trauma induced psychological obstacles which tends to separate them from the requisite elements of society.
A region which ordinarily has the highest number of out of school children, and thus the highest level of illiteracy in Nigeria, the surge of violence and terror in the Northeast has further driven the negative educational statistics of the region, especially in respect to basic child education (Primary and Secondary).
Girl child education in the north east has gone from bad to worse as a result of the directed attacks on schools and the kidnapping of female students
These indications of child-specific terrorism have forced parents to keep their girls away from school. The fear cultivated as a result of insecurity, and particularly the abduction of the Chibok girls, has caused female children to be apprehensive of being kidnapped, thereby causing them to stay away from school.
More male children have been forced into being breadwinners for their displaced families, either becoming hawkers, or beggars on the streets. With children fighting for survival, the zeal and means to study often dwindles.
It has become increasingly important for these children to be taken care of, reoriented and reintegrated into the formal school system. This is the base upon which our Emergency Education initiative stands.
Keeping in mind the stigma attached to living in potentially hazardous and violence prone areas, we developed a soft approach to educating children who are/were victims of these tragedies.
We profile internally displaced kids and enroll them in a transitional schooling process in mobile classrooms, fitted with the necessary stationeries, carefully simulated with a customized curriculum that suits the goals of the initiative which are:
- Sustaining the education of the children
- Fostering their interest in education
- Teaching them the values of peace
- Getting them prepared for regular schools; and
- Reintegrating them into the society
The Emergency Education initiative has been a success and has grown over the years to include so many more children from different backgrounds, with different stories, and from different parts of Nigeria. Across the country, we have scholarship beneficiaries on different levels of scholarship even up to Tertiary institutions.
A program that started with just disenfranchised victims of violence has spread to different individuals and applicants who are victims of other kinds and forms of deprivation, lack and social ills including domestic violence and even rape.
We have over time; spread our channels to reach out to more people. The foundation, added to physical outreaches, now makes use of social media, print media, radio and television as access points through which these people in need of urgent educational intervention can apply and get the assistance they require.
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We go through a rigorous process of finding, interviewing and profiling families in affected areas in the country.
This helps us build a proper database of people living in poverty and lack, and also maintain a connection with communities in need of the amenities we provide.
The children of such families, within such communities, are then contacted and strategically approached, with the consent of their parents.
An outreach is organized by the foundation, where all identified families are entertained in an open event, and made to understand the crux of the program.
We explain the benefits attached to being a participant in the Emergency Education Programs, and also try to gain the trust and support of the parents going forward.
The children are introduced to their prospective teachers and familiarity is fostered.
Within this process, a proper location for our transition school is decided upon, and legitimized by the head of the community (if any). This is to insure the safety of all students under the program.
The aim of the simulation process is to recreate the school experience in a way that is gradual and strategically suited for children who have been away from formal schooling for relatively long periods of time.
We provide classrooms, staff rooms, and offices fashioned out of mobile Tents. Our mobile Tents are well fitted with: Magnetic boards, Desks and chairs, Lockers, and are properly designed for proper cross ventilation.
The program features our unique curriculum which divides our students into: Introductory Level, Level A and Level B.
The Introductory level is meant to carter for children who are at nursery stage, or have had no encounter with school at all.
Level A is meant to carter for basic Primary education (1-3), while Level B carters for the higher Primary education (4-6).
It is believed, and has been common practice within our program, to focus on children who due to post traumatic stress find it difficult to attend regular schools. The simulation process is not to replace formal education, but to create a more friendly and acceptable environment for fostering academic interest and growth among our identified children.
The whole aim of the Emergency Education initiative is to get our children into regular schools where they can experience academic growth, and move from one level of literacy to the other.
Consequently, at the close of our program, we hold a graduation ceremony, and at this ceremony, we award and reward those who performed excellently, and usher them into available schools according to their grades and levels in our program.
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Some direct results of insurgency and violence in Nigeria include hunger, displacement, destruction of schools, impeded child health, fear and trauma induced psychological obstacles to growth and progress.
Rate of illiteracy and number of out of school children in Northern Nigeria is growing, with the girl child being the worst hit due to female targeted terrorism. Parents are skeptical about sending their female children to school.
It has become a norm for male children to be forced into labour for wages, to support their displaced families. With the increase in child labour, comes the decrease in willingness to study
The base upon which our Emergency Education initiative stands is the need to take care of these children, reorient and reintegrate them into regular institutions of formal education
The foundation, added to physical outreaches, now makes use of social media, print media, radio and television as access points through which these people in need of urgent educational intervention can apply and get the assistance they require.