Stepping Stones Model School and Bebor School
Stepping Stones Model School and Bebor School, are two state funded primary schools which Safe Child Africa is proud to support
The charity funded the building of Stepping Stones Model School around 13 years ago and since then has continued to provide funding for scholarships at both schools. Our scholarship programme helps to reduce the barriers to education, that exist for so many children in the Niger Delta.
Although state education in Nigeria, is free at the point of delivery, the harsh reality is that education is simply not accessible to many children.
Many families in the Niger Delta who face poverty simply can not afford to transport costs, school uniform costs and the levy 'payments' that are often required in Nigeria state education. And yet it is the children of these families, that so desperately need the chise are, for Teachers - all costs that would otherwise mean these children would be excluded from school and would be denied their right to an education. In some cases these children have disabilities or may have been outcast by society, for a number of reasons, so our scholarships support their place in education, which is fundamental to our long term aim of a future free from fear for children in this area of Nigeria, where we currently focus our resources. where we currently focus our resources.
Safe Child Africa is also in the final year of a 3 year funding programme for these schools, which means that in the longer term they will be able to earn an income to support the type of pupils that we are currently funding. We want them to become able to stand on their own two feet, and run the schools in such a way that they don't have these funding hurdles to overcomes, so with our support we have granted funding to the schools to develop fish and snail farms which will provide a rich source of protein in an otherwise nutritionally deprived area (as a result of multiple oil spills which have devastated traditional forms of agriculture and farming) and generate an income for the schools. In addition one of the schools is developing a School Hall/Community Centre which again provides a space that will enhance the school but also acts as an extra source of income as this can be sub-let to the local community. We have been updating our supporters on the development of both of these schools through our regular quarterly Newsletter.