A UK-based charity with a passionate commitment to transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people in Nigeria. As well as sponsoring secondary education for poor but bright children, we campaign to improve the education system and share best practise teaching with schools.
Our work is made possible by the support of individual donors and community fundraising initiatives – you can help. We invite you to browse our site to find out how you can help to make a real difference.
The Odds – what we're up against
Nigeria has the largest population in Africa, estimated at 154 million in 2009. While opportunities for education have increased since independence in 1960, the challenges of covering costs of schooling mean that a vast majority of children are not in education – especially at secondary school level.
UNICEF figures for enrolment in secondary schools in Nigeria are as follows, using data collected between 2003 and 2008: Male 36% Female 29%. The most significant factor holding young people back is poverty. The cost of secondary education places a huge burden on parents and families, who not only carry the expense, but also lose the income the child might bring in if sent to work.
Without access to education, Nigeria’s future generations are unable to realise their potential. Young people are increasingly becoming victims of child labour, trafficking, prostitution and crime. Our work is about improving access to quality education, providing a safe environment for children to grow and helping young people to stay in school, realise their potential and win back their lost youth.
Ikota is a slum settlement in the Ajah area, after the affluent Lekki in Lagos. This is an area we have worked in for over 6 years. The schools in this area are poorly resourced, equally concerning, we have seen with our own eyes the condition these children live in, and it is not conducive for studying or learning. Often, the whole family, a family of five or more live in a single bedroom – a space to study is a luxury.
In 2015, we embarked on a simple project; to establish a centre where children can access books, where they can access the internet, and where they can enjoy a quiet place to study. In November 2016 we opened the library and now many children use it on a daily basis. See video here.
In time we will offer lessons in literacy and numeracy, all for free. This year, we are fundraising to open a computer centre within the library. We want to connect the children to the wider world. We need your help.
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