What We Do
Adopt A School Initiative
Oando Foundation is addressing issues of universality, equity, quality education and supporting infrastructural development through its Adopt-A-School Initiative (AASI). AASI core components focus on increasing access and improving the overall quality of public primary schools in Nigeria, with a focus on the girl child in northern states.
Severe shortages of classroom space results in class sizes that sometimes triple the prescribed teacher-pupil ratio for Nigeria of 1:40 (National Bureau of Statistics, 2009; World Bank, 2008)…
The UNESCO 2014 Education for All Report shows that there is a deficit in the number of trained primary school teachers in Nigeria. Average Pupil/trained teacher ratio is 1:40. In some schools in northern Nigeria…
Early Childhood Care and Development
Statistics from the Federal Ministry of Education reveal that the expected enrolment in ECCD in Nigeria is 22 million, but the actual is 2 million, leaving 20 million children under 5 years old…
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
In 2007, the Nigerian Government added Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to the basic education curriculum…
Girl Child Education
According to UNESCO’s Making Education a Priority in the Post – 2015 Development Agenda report, there are still about 57 million children of primary school age, including 31 million girls, who are not in school…
Research show that millions of children in Nigeria are out of school because of cost related factors even though education is nominally free. While public secondary education in Nigeria is free, While public secondary education in Nigeria is…
Community Engagement- School Based Management Committees
Every school needs community support. Research has proven that schools with community support thrive…
Grassroots’ support is crucial to meeting to overcoming the security and other challenges associated with school enrolment and retention in Nigeria. Involving local communities in initiatives to safeguard education…
Out of School Children (OOSC) Mobilization
Of the 61 million primary school age children currently out of school around the world, 8.7 million are from Nigeria. Reasons why children go uneducated are diverse – parents’ inability to afford school fees, long distances to school, early marriage that keep girls from the classroom, inadequate infrastructure and materials to support learners’ needs, and a lack of qualified teachers, amongst many others.
Oando Foundation is therefore working with key stakeholders across the process chain i.e. State Agency for Mass Education (SAME), State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Head Teachers, School Based Management Committees (SBMCs) to actively mobilize and support out-of- school children, especially the internally displaced who are young victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria – enrolling over 16,000 children in 2016.
Recognizing OOSC needs are diverse, Oando Foundation supports enrolled OOSC in many ways to ensure retention and improved learning by mobilizing community support, provision of supplementary school materials – school uniforms, text books, stationaries, etc. We also train teachers to document OOSC profiles and track daily school attendance, retention, and transition rates.
To support the immediate learning needs of newly enrolled (OOSC), the Foundation has set up Walk-in Centers (WICs) in some of its adopted schools to serve as non-formal learning spaces, supporting OOSC to experience education before transiting into formal school systems. The learning spaces provide short, intensified, participatory activities aimed at stimulating, and gradually introducing basic literacy and numeracy, using play and drama as a medium to facilitate learning. Beneficiaries spend an average of 2 – 10 weeks in the WICs to bridge their learning gaps before they are mainstreamed into formal classes.
Youth and Sport Development Grant
Oando Foundation has supported youth from underprivileged background with excellent sporting prowess. A case in point is Mr. Mohammed Muazu, a brilliant golfer who has represented Nigeria in a lot of junior tournaments and done remarkably well.
Mohammed started playing golf at the age of 11 at the Ikoyi Golf Club which was close to his parent's house in Dodan Barracks. Prior to that, he used to watch professionals play the game and at first, he thought that it was such a dull game that requires hitting a small round ball with a "stick". Yet he found it fascinating. His mother didn't like him playing other popular sports like football with other children in the neighborhood when he should be helping in her business of selling drinks. Golf became his secret alternative as well as an avenue to sell soft drinks to the players at the Club. In 2006, he participated in the Amateur golf championship in South Africa, while in 2008 - 2010 he travelled to Ghana to participate in another golf tournament.
In 2014, Mohammed graduated with a Professional Golf Teaching Certificate from the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA), South Africa where Oando Foundation covered his tuition and living fees for the period of his studies. Mohammed is now an Assistant Golf Instructor at Lakowe Lakes Golf and Country Estate.
Maiyegun Scholars Grant
Since the start of the 2013/2014 session, Oando Foundation makes an annual sponsorship donation of Five Million Naira (N5,000,000), over a period of Six (6) years, for Five (5) scholars in Nobel House College formerly Maiyegun College, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Each grant covers the annual tuition fees and other extraneous costs, including uniforms, textbooks, exam fees, activities and excursions, and extracurricular activities.
Clean Our World (COW)
Oando Foundation (OF) initiated the 'Clean Our World' (COW) project to promote environmental education and sustainable action for pupils in target schools and host communities in Lagos State with support from Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese Chemical Company.
COW aims to promote environmental education and responsibility by creating awareness and empowering children and teachers in 7 public primary schools and their host communities with the knowledge of plastic recycling and waste management, whilst encouraging the adoption of eco-conscious lifestyles. Benefitting schools and communities include: Dele Ajomale Schools Complex (I–IV) Ilasamaja, Metropolitan Primary School, Orile-Iganmu, Olisa Primary School and Methodist Primary School, Mushin.
It is estimated that Nigeria generates over 32 million tons of solid waste annually of which > 30% is plastic. There is increased flooding across cities during the rainy season due to clogged drainage systems, directly attributable to poor waste disposal techniques. Education is an essential element of the global response to environmental sustainability. It helps young people understand and address environmental issues, encourages changes in their attitudes and behaviour, and helps them adapt to climate change-related trends. When environmental education is integrated into the curriculum, pupils are more enthusiastic and engaged in learning, which improves learner achievement in core academic areas. Creating awareness on recycling, environmental responsibility and sustainability will help explain, inform, motivate, persuade, and encourage beneficiaries in target schools and communities to embrace behavioral changes necessary for long-term impact.