Oando Foundation (OF) and Educate A Child (EAC), a programme of the Education Above All Foundation, Qatar have partnered to provide quality primary education to 60,000 Out-of-School Children (OOSC) in Nigeria by 2018.
With 10.5 million Nigerian children out of school, the largest number globally according to UNESCO, the launch of the three-year project is a timely intervention regarding the issues of access to quality education, enrolment of OOSC, and an integrated school environment.
Educate A Child is a global program launched by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar which aims to significantly reduce the number of children worldwide who are denied their right to education.
OF and EAC are both committed to ensuring children deprived of their fundamental right to primary education are given a chance to learn, even in the most difficult circumstances. These children, the majority of whom live in the most marginalized areas of society, have no access to quality primary education due to the tremendous obstacles they face including extreme poverty, limited resources, poor infrastructure, natural disasters, living in areas affected by conflict, and many other factors that make education impossible.
EAC will co-fund projects in 46 schools across nine Northern Nigerian states, through OF’s Adopt-a-School Initiative (AASI). The AASI currently supports increased access to basic education in 63 public primary schools via infrastructure renovation, scholarships, ICT, and Capacity Building for Teachers and Community members. Under the EAC partnership, the AASI will be expanded to 28 additional schools in Northern Nigeria (Adamawa, Bauchi, FCT, Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Niger, Plateau and Taraba and Sokoto States), where there are a substantial number of out-of-school children.
According to Adekanla Adegoke, Head, Oando Foundation “Alongside EAC, this partnership presents the Foundation with a unique opportunity to achieve its clear-sighted goal of providing improved access to quality basic education for children of school age in Nigeria. We are presently supporting 63 schools through our Adopt-a-School Initiative (AASI), and we are prioritizing Northern Nigeria for this project. We believe that by addressing and acting on the multiple causes of exclusion in Northern Nigeria, the joint intervention will guarantee enrolment, retention, and improvement in the quality of learning thereby increasing opportunities for children in the region to attend school. “
Dr Mary Joy Pigozzi, Director of Educate A Child remarked that “Educate A Child is happy to be working with our first partner in Nigeria, Oando Foundation. Together, we aim to enroll 60,000 out of school children over a three year period through a project that will seek to improve the conditions of 100 public primary schools. We believe that EAC’s entry into this country is a significant milestone towards providing access to quality education for many more out of school children at the primary level.”
By 2018, the partnership would have achieved the following:
About Oando Foundation:
Oando Foundation is an independent charity established in 2011 by Oando PLC, one of Africa’s leading indigenous energy solutions providers. The Foundation aims to support the Nigerian Government in achieving universal basic education. Its mission is to radically improve the quality of teaching and learning in Nigerian schools and communities by ensuring access to world class basic education systems.
Oando PLC currently provides a percentage of its annual pretax profit to fund the Foundation. The Foundation has also established strategic partnerships with government, the private sector, international development partners, NGOs, and civil society to fulfill its goals and objectives.
Oando Foundation has adopted 63 schools across 24 states. The Foundation plans to adopt 100 schools across Nigeria; directly affect over 200,000 lives by ensuring over 100,000 pupils have access to quality primary education; broaden the capacity of over 4,000 teachers, award scholarships to over 1,500 pupils to reduce direct and indirect costs of education to students.
Learn more about the Foundation at www.oandofoundation.org
For further information, please contact:
Head, Oando Foundation
2 Ajose Adeogun Street
Tel: 01-4484500 ext 6226
About Education Above All Foundation (EAA)
Education Above All Foundation’s mission, under the leadership of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, is to measurably improve access to high quality education for vulnerable and marginalized people in developing countries, as an enabler of broader human development. Through its specialized programmes, Education Above All Foundation:
Educate A Child is a global program of the EAA that aims to significantly reduce the number of children worldwide who are denied their right to education.
Learn more about the Education A Child Program at http://educateachild.org/