According to UNICEF Nigeria has 11.5 million out-of-school children due to the rot in public education sector. We are on a mission to remove barriers to high-quality education for 5,000 impoverished out-of-school children in poor isolated communities, by partnering with existing low-cost private schools to give at-risk children free access to high-quality education with incentives to curb the high drop-out rate such as; free school materials/kits, cash rewards for at least 80% school attendance.
According to UNICEF Nigeria has 11.5 million out-of-school children and as such achieving SDG 4 is near impossible because of extreme poverty. Educational policies are made by people who are politically motivated and have no idea of the realities on ground. Teacher absenteeism in public schools, child-labour, child-marriage and cost of education are the main barriers. Our aim is free enrollment of poor out-of-school children who cannot afford the high cost of private schools.
We are using private sector investment to deliver free education, by partnering with existing low-cost private schools to create a network of schools that promote free enrollment of at-risk out-of-school children. As incentive to retain these children in school we provide them with school materials (textbooks, bags, sanitary pads) and cash rewards for 80% attendance, children drop out because their labour is needed, but with this reward they see education as a means of earning household income.
Free access to education is the only tool that can break the vicious circle of poverty, particularly for female-headed households because the level of education attained increases the earning level of the household. On the other hand education curbs child-marriage among young girls which has perpetuated the circle of poverty. Poor children will become self confident citizens, think and act as entrepreneurs and be able to make careers choice for themselves.