There are over 44 million children in Nigeria. Yet it is estimated that over 20 million of these will never go to, or finish primary school.
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.
Our Scholarship programmes currently help to run two schools - the Stepping Stones Model School and the Bebor International Nursery and Primary School, we support them to provide uniforms, books, pens, pencils, and sport equipment to disadvantaged children who would otherwise be excluded. We also provide funding for transportation to get children to and from school safely.
Promise was just 6 years old and had been shunned from four primary schools: diagnosed with Polio and facing a range of learning difficulties, one school even accused Promise of being possessed by a crocodile spirit that had maimed her body, in stead of recognising her disability. Promise’s Father desperately searched for a school that could take on Promise, but was rejected every time, until he found Bebor International Model School. Promise is now 9 years old and has hopes to go become an English teacher. She spends most her time in the library and exploring the gardens within the school grounds. Thanks to your support, Promise is accessing a good quality education at a fully inclusive school.
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 provides 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.
Updated December 2018