With the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) report of over 10.5 million children out of school in Nigeria, Oando Foundation and ‘Educate a Child’ have formed a partnership to provide quality education to the marginalized.
The programme is aimed at providing quality primary education to 60,000 Out-of-School Children in Nigeria by 2018.
Speaking on the partnership, Head, Oando Foundation, Adekanla Adegoke said that the partnership presents the Foundation with a unique opportunity to achieve its clear-sighted goal of providing improved access to quality basic education for children of school age in Nigeria.
“We are presently supporting 63 schools through our Adopt-a-School Initiative (AASI), and we are prioritizing Northern Nigeria for this project”
“We believe that by addressing and acting on the multiple causes of exclusion in Northern Nigeria, the joint intervention will guarantee enrolment, retention, and improvement in the quality of learning thereby increasing opportunities for children in the region to attend school”, she said.
In her remark, the Director of Educate a Child, Dr Mary Joy Pigozzi, noted that “Educate A Child is happy to work with Oando Foundation as first partner in Nigeria.
She said further that the partnership aims to enrol 60,000 out of school children over a three year period through a project that will seek to improve the conditions of 100 public primary schools.
“We believe that EAC’s entry into this country is a significant milestone towards providing access to quality education for many more out of school children at the primary level.”
“By 2018, the partnership would have place 60,000 Out-of-School Children in circa 100 (46 of which will be in Northern Nigeria) schools across Nigeria, improve learning, enhance educational infrastructure and improved learning environments in the circa schools across Nigeria.”
“We will also establish ICT centres in 46 schools across Nigeria, train 1,600 teachers and 100 head teachers. There will also be scholarships awarded to students from the adopted schools, to serve as a further incentive to complete primary education. She mentioned ‘Educate a Child’ is a global program launched by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar which aims to significantly reduce the number of children who are denied right to education worldwide.
Oando Foundation and Educate a Child are both committed to ensuring children deprived of their fundamental right to primary education are given a chance to learn, even in the most difficult circumstances. These children, the majority of whom live in the most marginalized areas of society, have no access to quality primary education due to the tremendous obstacles they face including extreme poverty, limited resources, poor infrastructure, natural disasters, living in areas affected by conflict, and many other factors that make education impossible.