There is a crisis in education in Nigeria. There are over 44 million children in Nigeria and it is estimated that over 20 million of these will never go to or finish primary school.
Promise was just 6 when she had been shunned from four primary schools. Her father desperately searched for a school that could take on Promise, but was rejected every time, until he found Bebor International Model School. Promise suffers from Polio; unable to walk, and facing some learning difficulties she faced rejection after rejection from state schools. One school accused her of being possessed by a crocodile spirit that had maimed her body, instead of recognising her disability.
Promise is now 9 years old and has hopes to go on to University and become an English teacher. She spends lots of time in the library and exploring the gardens within the school grounds. Thanks to your support, Promise has become independent and can quickly move around school in her wheelchair, as well as accessing a good quality, fully inclusive education.
Why don't children go to school?
Schools in Nigeria are under-funded, sparsely located, and exclusive. Teachers are often under-qualified and under-paid, earning less than £75 a month. In some areas, class sizes can reach up to 150 pupils. All of this means that a good quality education cannot be delivered to children and millions of pupils are being denied their basic right to education.
How we help
We believe that education is a fundamental human right, regardless of gender, family, disability, or wealth. That's why we support two schools to provide completely free education to children living in extreme poverty in Nigeria. We currently help to run two schools - the Stepping Stones Model School and the Bebor International Nursery and Primary School, helping to provide uniforms, books, pens, pencils, and sport equipment to disadvantaged children, including orphans.
It costs just £10 a month to send a child, just like Promise, to school for a whole year
Stepping Stones Model School
Our first ever project was the development of the Stepping Stones Model School in 2005. The school is now fully completed, with eight classrooms, science equipment, solar powered computer lab, library, cassava and pineapple farm, playground and football field.
The school provides an outstanding education to over 200 nursery and primary aged children. 40% of pupils are provided with scholarships complete with free school uniforms and schoolbooks.
Bebor International Nursery and Primary School
Today, this school provides an excellent education to over 1,200 pupils. Safe Child Africa has improved teaching practices and developed the school’s infrastructure. We have also helped to provide the school and the wider community with access to clean drinking water.
The school is in an area with widespread environmental and social devastation due to years of oil exploitation. In 2009, a massive oil spill from two Royal Dutch Shell pipelines affected 15,000 fishermen and 31,000 inhabitants. As a result, many pupils receive scholarships as their parents' livelihoods have been destroyed.
Better Schools, Brighter Futures
We want every child to be able to access a good quality, free education. That's why we're working with our two schools to create translatable, replicable policies and practices that can be adapted for cultures all over the continent. We've held meetings with children, parents, and teachers to understand how their school really works and have set about improving a variety of different elements of their schools, from teacher training to infrastructure. We've started by building a school hall at Stepping Stones Model School which can host a variety of community events, all whilst employing local businesses and creating new jobs.