All children, no matter where they live or what their circumstances, have the right to quality education. One in every five of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria. Even though primary education is officially free and compulsory, about 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are not in school. Only 61 percent of 6-11 year-olds regularly attend primary school and only 35.6 percent of children aged 36-59 months receive early childhood education….(UNICEF). The Minister of State, Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said that Nigeria has the highest number of Out-of-School Children in sub-Saharan Africa.
In line with the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is providing quality education for all, leaving No One Behind. At LC4NF, we have reached out to over 20,000 students in 17 states in Nigeria, including the FCT through
Back To School Campaign: This was launched in 2019, which had 256 students from Private and Public, Primary and Secondary school Students in the FCT with inter-school competition, Interactive Discussion on The Importance of Education, Sex Education, Drug Abuse, The SD Goals, etc. Educating Games and School Kits. Through donation, the school fees of 10 students were paid and school kits were given for primary and secondary school students from Gwarimpa Village and Jahi Village.
The Menstrual Talks (TMT): This is carried out in schools, Market and rural communities with facilitators to talk on Menstrual Hygiene Management and best Water, Hygiene and Sanitation. Over 1,000 students have been given Menstrual Kits, 50 women in New Kuchigoro IDP Camp, Abuja, 50 Market women and girls in Kano. For menstrual hygiene sustainability, rural women and girls were taught how to make Eco-Friendly Reusable Sanitary Pads.
Community School Outreach: This was launched during the covid-19 lockdown in 10 states in Nigeria with volunteers reaching out to rural community children including Makoko Slum in Lagos State, who don’t have access to the internet for learning. The students were taught basic class studies, the SDGoals, sensitized on Covid-19 outbreak and preventions and given learning material.
The Education Convergence (TEC): This was launched September 2021 in Nasarawa State, Nigeria with over 300 students in attendance from Private and Public, Primary and Secondary school Students in Keffi Local Government with inter-school competition, Interactive Discussion on The Importance of Education, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Drug Abuse, The Sustainable Development Goals, Menstrual Hygiene Management, Social Accountability, TeenPrenuer, Leadership skills, etc. Educating Games and School Kits were given to the students.
With more donations and funding it will be replicated in all the states including the FCT.
This is to encourage and increase literacy in Nigeria.