Read, Learn And Grow Literacy Organisation of Nigeria (RELEGLON)

Grassroots Education and Child Welfare Support Programme (GECWSP)

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GECWSP action plan objectively provides primary education, welfare support, entrepreneurship skill acquisition programme for marginalized children between ages 5-12 in rural, sub-urban communities across Nigeria.

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Read, Learn And Grow Literacy Organisation of Nigeria (RELEGLON)

Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

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Project Summary

The burden on education and other sectors is overwhelming as a result of an increase in population. 40% of Nigeria children aged 5-12 do not attend primary school, with the Northern region recording the lowest school attendance rate, in boys and girls (able or disable). Despite a significant increase in net enrollment rates in recent years, it is estimated that about 4.7 million children of primary school age are still not in school where majority of the children here are marginalized. The action employs the use of these instruments to mitigate the problem;• Learning and Child Welfare Support Centers• Mobile Library (ML) and Child Welfare Support Initiative• Sensitization and Campaign exercise• Dialogue, Forums, Workshop and Symposiums• Book Exchange Programme• Welfare BusThe action provides formal and informal education to the target beneficiaries (marginalized children), enabling them secure a better future.

Problem Statement

The burden on education and other sectors has become overwhelming. 40% of Nigerian children aged 5-12 do not attend primary school with the Northern region recording the lowest school attendance rate in the country, in both boys and girls. Nigeria is estimated to have a population of over 190 million as at February 2018, with children less than 12 years of age accounting for about 40% of the country’s population. Despite a significant increase in net enrollment rates in recent years, it is estimated that about 4.7 million children of primary school age are still not in school where majority of the children here are marginalized. The problem resulting from poor socio-economic statuses, has been compounded by the resent cases of insurgency in northern parts of Nigeria. This prevalent problem in such areas, has called for the GECWSP intervention so as to increase the level of literacy and child welfare support on the marginalized children. The action is an alternative approach that provides formal and informal education concurrently. The action plan ensures that these children still remain under the care of their parents in these communities as a required psychological and social benefit for a growing child. The objectives of the action is centered on improving literacy levels and child welfare on 4000 marginalized children who are enrolled in the 40 learning centers within the selected communities. So that in 5 years they can read and write, also possessing at least one entrepreneurial skill.

Solution Overview

GECWSP objectively provides primary education and child entrepreneurial skill acquisition programme for marginalized children in rural and sub-urban communities. Within a span of five years, the participants on the programme would be equipped with primary education and must have acquired at least one vocational skill. Monitoring and evaluation exercise would indicate progress at every phase of the project. Also termly examinations on child performance in formal and vocational skills would be recorded and evaluated to reflect impact. In five years the first 4000 participants who were marginalized children out of school would be able to read, write, and take part in the National Common Entrance Examination were they would be certified. Also, the would acquire at least one vocational skill on either of painting, tie and dye, sewing, soap production, bead making, and pomade production. Both skills would enable the child to access mainstream activities in the future. Considering the amount of children out of school nationwide, this programme aims at saving 4000 of such children in the northern parts of Nigeria, on an increased scale. Possibly replicating the action and enrolling more marginalized children in diverse communities after 5 years. Our target beneficiaries are members of rural communities who are parents, single parents, guardian and their marginalized children and the community at large. These categories of people would not ordinarily be able to afford a basic primary education form their ward, but with the intervention they have an ample opportunity to acquire primary education for their children.

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