SAID Nigeria Back-to-School Program

 

Nigeria has the largest number of children in the world who are not being educated, It has last year 10.5 million Children out of school. Last year, the Nigerian government spent only 8% of its $12.2 trillion budget on education. The UN recommends developing countries should spend at least 26% of their fiscal year budget on education.

Many experts have observed that inadequate funding of Nigeria’s education system will result in increased adult illiteracy, lower GDP and poor achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SpringAid International Development (SAID Nigeria) knows that education is the key to destroying poverty. This is why SAID Back to School Program is so crucial to its mission. This program is designed to send all the school drop out from the age of 6 to 16 back to school in Imo State.

As it is known today, Nigeria has become the capital of poverty in the World. The government has continued to pay lips service to providing Nigerians opportunities to live a fruitful Life. Poverty is everywhere and a few people´and their cronies have hijacked the Resources of the nation. While the live in affluence, millions of Nigerians wallow in extreme poverty

The country is more less now a nation where the poor and marginalized continue in a cycle of poverty. Sadly, many rich people tend to think and behave as if the poor have no right to educattion. They do everything to ensure that their poor Community members remain in poverty. The best help these rich Community members do for the poor is to take the Children of their poor brothers and sisters as maids (modern day slavery) do their home chore while their own children attend the best schools.

Every child has the right to basic education and education has been identified as a sure path to break the bark of poverty.

It is for this reason SAID Nigeria visits schools in Imo State and in collaboration is the school authorities, identify Children that have droped out of school becauses of poverty offer the the opportunity of returning back to school.

Today, we visited Scared Heart secondary technical school in Umuosinta Obowo where 10 students who dropped out of school were helped to return this very day. Other school materials were also distributed to them.

Last year, the Nigerian government spent only 8% of its $12.2 trillion budget on education. The UN recommends developing countries should spend at least 26% of their fiscal year budget on education.

In collaboration with Volvo Development Fund, and the Global SAID family, we have been able to send over 300 students back to school since Janurary this year. We are open to partnership with other donors, organizations, companies and individuals interested in giving poor Children the opportunity for a shot in l ife through education.

Chiamaka Ekwueme

SAID Nigeria

 

 

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