February Newsletter


Two Adopted Schools get a Facelift


Oando Foundation completed renovation of a block of 6 classrooms/offices at Zumuratul Islamiyat Primary School (ZI) Ogun State. 200 units of furniture were also delivered.


Olokun Primary School, Mushin which has a population of approximately 500 pupils had two blocks of 6 classrooms renovated. 200 units of furniture were also supplied. Now, 45,460 students in Oando Foundation schools have access to improved learning environment and sanitary conditions.

Teacher Training Held for 507 Teachers

507 Teachers from 23 adopted schools across 12 states were successfully trained in the Oando Teacher training programme. The training was facilitated by Pearson Nigeria Limited in conjunction with the National Teachers Institute.

Pearson Nigeria conducted a teacher training needs assessment for teachers in our adopted schools, designed a curriculum and built the capacity of the National Teachers Institute to administer this training. 11 Trainers from the National Teachers Institute received intensive training necessary to facilitate teacher training. The master trainers were trained in areas such as responsibilities of the master teacher, teamwork, modern instructional methods, participatory learning methodologies, lesson plan development.

At Oando Foundation, we place a priority on teacher training as we believe that is the best way to enhance teachers'capacity to impart knowledge effectively.





                                                                                  

341 scholars benefit from Oando Foundation Scholarship

341 new scholars were selected for the 2014/22015 academic session. The foundation now has a total of 870 scholarship beneficiaries

To assist outstanding pupils in furthering their education, every year the foundation awards scholarships to the 10 best performing students in each adopted school. The scholarship supports pupils' transition to secondary school and the award covers tuition (where applicable) and sundry expenses.





                                                                                  

Oando Foundation Upgrades Early Childhood Care and Development Centres (ECCD)

The foundation upgraded ECCD centres at Archbishop Taylor Primary School, Lagos and St. Patrick's Primary School, Odukpani, Cross River. In addition, training was also held for ECCD teachers.The joy on the faces of the children, staff and parents of St. Patrick's Primary School, Odukpani, Calabar, Cross River state was indescribable as the centre was launched.

Although the Universal Basic Education Act 2004, makes the establishment of National Early Child Care Centres based on an Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum mandatory, most public primary schools in Nigeria have little or no provision for the 0 to 5 year age-group. The ECCD intervention at St Patrick's was generally lauded as a useful and timely one. The centre will provide an environment that is child-friendly and age appropriate, ensure the development of children's personality, talents, mental and physical abilities





                                                                                  

Adopted Schools Equipped with New ICT Centers

The Foundation launched its model ICT center at Archbishop Taylor Primary School, Lagos. The ICT center boasts state of the art desktops, projector, TV and DVD all powered by solar energy. Two ICT centres were also completed in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.





                                                                                  


Launch of the Oando Foundation Ebola Education Fund


Oando Foundation launched the Ebola Education Support Fund. The Fund supports the education of Nigerian children who have lost their parents to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease and require financial assistance to stay in school until they graduate. The Education fund covers school fees and other education costs. 6 beneficiaries have been identified and will be educated to university level.


Oando also Foundation donated 5000 personal protective equipment for use in medical institutions through the Ebola Containment Trust Fund. In addition, Oando Foundation provided support to the Ebola Crisis Centre in Lagos by donating fuel for use in ambulances and trucks for an initial three month period to assist in the center's operations.

Celebrating the African Child

To celebrate the International Day of the African Child, Oando Foundation invited 100 children from 7 of its adopted schools in Lagos to watch "The Story of Joseph", a play by BoatSeed Productions. The play was a family-oriented drama with a hilarious/African twist to the biblical story of Joseph. Most of the kids in our schools had never seen a live play before and this was a welcome opportunity to put a smile on their faces.





                                                                                  

Helping the Girl Child Speak Out

The foundation celebrated the 'International Day of the Girl Child', a day which promotes girls' human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world. Four scholars on the Oando scholarship scheme were selected by The Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General, Lagos to participate and air their views at a conference titled "Celebrating the Girl Child".





                                                                                  

"Reach a Girl Teach a Girl" Initiative targets 230,000 Nigerian Girls

Oando Foundation and the British Council announced the launch of Reach a Girl, Teach a Girl: Girls' School Enrollment in Nigeria, a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action aimed at enrolling approximately 230,000 Nigerian girls in primary school over the next three years. The six million dollar program also outlines a plan to help more than 21,000 girls transition from primary to secondary school. Reach a Girl, Teach a Girl is one of over 30 commitments made by public, private, and grassroots organizations as part of CARGE (the Collaborative Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls' Education) a global collective to advance girls education.





                                                                                  

Promoting Literacy for All

To commemorate the 2014 International Literacy Day, Oando Foundation organized a book drive aimed at promoting literacy and entrenching a reading culture among Nigerian children. In response to the Foundation's book Drive, First Veritas Education Delivery Limited donated over 500 books for primary 1 to 6 classes. Members of the Oando Employee Volunteer Program distributed all received items across 3 adopted schools: Metropolitan Primary School, Iganmu, LEA Primary School, Rido, Kaduna and Anglican Primary School, Apapa.





                                                                                  

Best Company in Sustainability Design

On Saturday November 8, 2014, Oando Foundation beat three other companies to emerge winner in the category "Best Company Design for Sustainability" at the 2014 Nigeria CSR Awards.

The Nigeria CSR Awards recognizes and promotes the role of corporate organizations in Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility in Nigeria. The award for Best Company Design for Sustainability was presented to the organization that has consistently demonstrated commitment to community development by designing a clear-cut model that is innovative, scalable, sustainable and has a proven ability to affect lives.

US Department of State Partners Oando Foundation to Launch "AfricoderDojo"

Oando Foundation partnered with the US Department of State Global Partnership Initiative, CoderDojo Ireland and the LIONS@FRICA to launch a new initiative called AfriCoderDojo to teach 21st century computer coding skills to students between 7-17 years old. The partnership is based on the global CoderDojo scheme, and relies on a volunteer network of implementers and mentors to teach youth the basics of coding. The pilot classes ran from March to July 2014 with 40 pupils remarkably improving their ICT literacy skills.