Back To School- Ensuring Access to Basic Education Programme

 

How we do it

We have implemented activities in many communities of the southeast. In Imo State where our headoffice is located, we have established Community Action Groups (CAGS). In each autonomous community, there are 2-3 persons especially women who are members of this group.

Through the members of CAGs, we seek, find and return out of school children back to school and help vulnerable ones who risk dropping out of scholl to remain in school. The CAGS collaborate with community leaders, traditional, religious and schools as well as families to ensure that no child drops out of school in the communities they serve.

The main object of this project is to provide marginalized and poor children opportunity to a good start in life through access to education and awareness in healthy living. It is also to train marginalized and poor women in livelihood so that they can support their children’s education. Various strategies including community mobilization, scholarship, awareness raising, stipend for school lunch, capacity building, and advocacy are employed.

The main activities include identification of children, who are out of school, ensuring access to education for poor children, and distribution of school materials to children, formation of child protection clubs in schools and communities, capacity building for school leaders.

It is intended to ensure access to educational opportunities, and are geared to needs of children. Lack of opportunity created by the absence of education on the other hand cannot only cause despair but destruction of one’s life. Hence, quality education is a sound investment that provides economic, health, societal, and civic returns that will last for generations.

Access to quality education is one of the best ways to prevent child labor and trafficking in children (house helps) from rural to urban. The children of educated women have higher survival rates, better health and nutrition, and are more likely to attend and succeed in school. Good education is one of the most effective preventive weapons against HIV/AIDS,, fear, superstition and poverty.

Young girls with little or no education are more than twice as likely to contract HIV as those who have completed primary education, for example. Basic education can transform the lives of girls and women, providing them with a greater appreciation of their own potential and rights as well as expanded employment opportunities breaking the bark of poverty and its root causes.

Our short-term goal is to help these vulnerable children gain the benefit of a complete basic education. We believe education creates change, not only improving life of an individual child but also contributing to the development of the child’s community and nation at large.

With this programme we strengthen families and communities, addressing children’s rights and needs across education, health and preparation for adult life.

Change a childhood and you change a community. We offer ways for parents and community volunteers to get children back to school and retain them in schools.

Part of this project is establishing Child Protection and Education Committees (CPECs) in communities and schools. In this component we target children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS, exploitation, extreme poverty, family violence, neglect and discrimination.

Many teachers are not conscientized as to their responsibility when a child is at risk of dropping out of school or when they eventually drop out of school.

A survey conducted by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) indicates that the population of out of school children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million, the highest in the world. "Sixty percent of that population are girls only.

Over half of Nigerians still live below the poverty line. Children and young people make up 60% of the population of Nigeria. The education sector is characterized by a variety of challenges in the areas of equitable access and quality, resources, and management. More than 40% of children in Nigeria miss out on school and have to work to survive. Staggering 13.3 million children are out of school (62% of them girls).

Nigeria's budgetary spending on education is not enough to quell the widening gap - only seven percent of Nigeria's $24 billion 2018 budget is earmarked for education.

Nigeria has the largest number of children in the world who are not being educated. Increasing numbers of out of school children in Nigeria adversely affects economic growth.

Our Ensuring Access to Education programme supports initiatives aimed at improving access to education, i.e. enrolment, retention, transition and completion of basic education. In addition to broad reaching educational activities, we're focusing on children whose lives are blighted by a combination of HIV and AIDS, exploitation, discrimination and domestic violence.

SpringAid International Development (SAID) Nigeria has a total number of 412 out of school children it has assisted to return back to school since 2015 when we started our BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAMME.

How do I apply?

Parents, guardians or the chilldren apply for this assistence yearly. It is not automatic once the first application is approved. We screen the families to make sure that the scarce resources in our possession go to the most needy children and families. For other children whose families have the means but fail to support them children, we help them see and understand the value of education and motivate them to start catering for their childrens’ education.

Tuition for those in private schools are paid directly to the schools why school materiials are provided directly to the children.

How you can support the initiative

It is to the support of people like you that we are able to assist these children back to school. Would you like to send a child back to school? It costs N 8000 per term (22 USD) We are concentrating on children in rural areas. You can assist for a term or for a year or through the school year s of a particular child.

You are welcom to contact us on +234 8020929570 or via Project@springaidnig.org

Teddy Ihens

SAID Nigeria

 

 

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