What is the Oando Foundation?

Oando Foundation is an independent charity registered in 2011 to support the Nigerian Government to achieve its Universal Basic Education (UBE) goal. Our mission is to improve the learning environment in primary schools by holistically creating world-class basic education systems in the community.

Who governs the Foundation?

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees.

How is the foundation funded?

Oando Foundation is currently funded from 1% of Oando Group’s Profit before tax. This funding is supplemented by income generated from grant seeking activities with International Donors, Development Partners and select Private Sector and individual donors.

Where does the Foundation work?

The Foundation currently works in the FCT Abuja and twenty-two states across Nigeria: Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Ekiti, Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Taraba States.

What are the Foundation's focus areas?

Primary Education is the foundation’s key focus area. The Foundation also supports projects that do not fall under Education but seek to address key societal issues. The foundation also supports emergency relief efforts and ad hoc charitable issues

Why Education?

Education is the bedrock of development, if we are able to get education right in Nigeria the current issues of insecurity, insurgent attacks, unemployment, poverty and so on would be significantly addressed.

  • Nigeria has more primary school children out of school than any other country worldwide – 10.5 million children out of school represents 14% of the 70 million children out of school globally – UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 2013/4
  • Nigeria was ranked 138th out of 144 countries in primary education enrolment- World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report Index (2014-2015)
  • There is a deficit in the number of trained primary school teachers in Nigeria. Average Pupil/trained teacher ratio is 1:40.- UNESCO EFA Report 2013/2014
  • In some schools in northern Nigeria, there are more than 200 students per trained teacher -. UNESCO EFA Report 2013/2014
  • Six million of 36 million girls out of school world-wide are Nigerians.
How are adopted schools selected?

Oando Foundation adopts public primary schools in Nigeria. In conjunction with the State Universal Basic Education Boards, the foundation inspects and adopts schools on the basis of Level of dilapidation of physical structure, high Teacher-student ratio, lack of sanitation Facilities and schools that have not received intervention for a long time.

Are schools adopted for life?

No. Sustainability is at the very core of Oando Foundation’s interventions and this is why it employs a holistic school adoption model that involves state education authorities, teachers and communities. The foundation is actively involved in building the capacity of the School Based Management Committees in all our adopted schools and engages them in all school improvement initiatives to ensure local ownership of all our projects.

What is the Sponsor-a-Child Initiative?

Sponsor a Child is an Oando Foundation initiative that calls for individuals and organizations to support outstanding pupils from our adopted schools, by funding their secondary education. Oando Foundation’s model identifies 10 outstanding children each year from our adopted primary schools who in many cases may not afford secondary education. The programme affords them the opportunity to further their education and transform their future.

Does Oando Foundation accept donations?

Yes. Oando Foundation welcomes donations from well-meaning corporates and individuals who like the work we do and want to support us.

How can my organization partner with Oando Foundation?

The Foundation makes regular calls for proposals from non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations for partnership in administering our various projects. Unsolicited proposals are also welcome. The Foundation welcomes volunteering requests from individuals with specialties in all our areas of operation.