BACK TO SCHOOL AFRICA PROJECTS
Nigeria, one of the largest economies in Africa has a population of over 200 million as of today. Most people in Nigeria are living below poverty line and are facing many problems, such as, lack of food, shelter, education, health care and unemployment and thus the people live in utter poverty. Poverty has always been recognized as the major cause of death and disability. Poverty brings on lack of safe Drinking water, food, poor health and poor education.
The poverty situation in the Nigerian context reflects in most communities in Lagos State. among these communities are Akiode, Araromi, Tarkwa Bay, Makoko, Itedo etc. The families that are living in these slum communities are mostly daily wage laborers. They are living in utter poverty, unable to afford a comfortable two square meals for their families. Most of these families are unable to enroll their children in schools while those who manage to enroll their children tend to withdraw them after a short period of time as they are unable to keep up with the financial Implications of the Nigerian education system. It is against this background that Back to School Africa Initiative has taken up the responsibility of getting at least 200 children from these aforementioned Impoverished communities and more back to school as a new session resumes in September this year
The issue of lack of basic education among children and adolescents in Africa is a big problem that posses a great threat to the future of the African continent. A study by UBEC revealed that there are over 60 million out of school children in Africa as at 2014 with more than half of them living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nigeria On the other hand has the highest number of out of school children in the world with about 13.5 million of them. These figures are unimpressive and spell jeopardy for the future of Nigeria and Africa at large.
The major cause of this problem as stressed in the preceding paragraphs, is attributed to the alarming rate of poverty in Africa which the WHO has termed as the ‘’the ruthless killer’’. According to Nelson Mandela, Education is a powerful weapon which can be used to change the world. But how can we change the future of Africa for the better when the so called leaders of tomorrow are denied access to education. Education in itself is an important component of leadership because an uneducated leader cannot lead properly. This fact is evidently expressed in the situation of countries, societies and organizations that are led by uneducated individuals or group of individuals
One of the most important Global Goals is that by 2025, all girls and boys should have access to quality early childhood development, care and preliminary education so that they are ready for primary and secondary education. The burden lies in the hands of citizens who can be able to afford to support children that are in desperate need and those that are committed to pursuing their academic dreams.
The target group of the project is children between the ages of 6 to 16 years who are willing to go to school but are constrained by finances. The organization focuses on disadvantaged children emphasizing children abandoned by one or both parents, children from poor families, street children and children who have been abused as a result of poor socio economic conditions.
- To provide access to quality education to at least 200 children who are passionate about pursuing their academic dreams.
- To provide care for as many of them that is without any one to care for them, especially those living in the streets.
- To provide school supplies such as school uniforms, school bags, text books, note books, writing materials, school foot wears etc for them.
- To impact moral values in the children to enable them become better members of the society and equip them with the necessary leadership skills to take up leadership responsibilities in the future.