PROJECT TITLE: Provides of Learning Materials, Text Books, Dictionaries & School
Bags to 500 Students in Uruan Community.
PROJECT LOCATION: Uruan Community in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
PROJECT DURATION: 1 Year START DATE: 15 Jan.2015 DATE OF COMPLETION:
14 December 2015.
PROJECT MANAGER: Mr. Effiong Okon Bassey
B.ED ( Adult Education/ Community Development)
Diploma ( Mass Communication: Advertising/
PROJECT BUDGET: US$12,500
Hero Kids Rehabilitation Foundation ( HKRF) was established in 2012 by Mr. Emmanuel Ibe, a successful businessman (CEO), who was inspired to build a better world for our children, focusing on area of basic education and child wellbeing. To achieve this goal the foundation is working in collaborations with schools, relevant local agencies and community leaders. The foundation is registered as Non-profits Organization under The Companies and Allied Matters Act No.1 1990, Part C. Certificate no: CAC/IT/NO 72207.
*Our Vision: Is to build a Better and Peaceful world for our children, using Basic
Education as our Conner stone.
*Our Mission: Is to reach out to many less-privileged and vulnerable children especially
in rural communities to Alleviate Illiteracy, Poverty and Support Skill Training for
In HKRF, we understand the future walks in our children’s shoes; our world will go the way they choose.
We believe that the most leveraged way to alleviate global poverty is through basic education and gender equality. We see that development is sustainable when local communities build capacity at the grassroots and create their own solutions.
The Challenges: Nigeria is a country with high levels of economic disparity.
Nigeria is the African's largest democracy with a population of over 180 million people. Of this, 32 percent live on less than US$2.5 a day, and 68 percent on less than US$1.5 a day. With 44% of children underweight. The future of rural Nigeria, where the highest concentration of poverty prevails, depends on overcoming enormous challenges in health, education, nutrition, population and environment."
Rural children are unable to access education:
Schools are not always accessible in remote areas and children have to travel several miles to reach one, and do so mostly by foot and this becomes a major deterrent to education.
Across Nigeria, school attendance levels show a decline: from 73.4% in 2009 to 70.9% in 2013 in rural primary schools. The decline is steeper in upper primary schools, decreasing from 75.6% in 2009 to 71.9% in 2013.
Some states in Nigeria show an alarming decline in school attendance in the five years between 2009 to 2013. Drop-out rates in Nigeria are as high as 60% in the higher secondary level. 50% of children who join Class I drop out by Class IV, those who has access to school don't learn optimally.
Enrollment has increased in recent times, but many children are still unable to read and speak good English or solve basic Mathematics. Absence of reliable learning materials, books, desks or tables to work on, and distraction at home due to their involvement in domestic chores act as serious barriers to learning.
Basic Education can be described as the very first level of learning a child is exposed to in his attempt to acquire knowledge. As its caption “basic” connotes, basic education is the foundation for any form of learning a child should get. In effect, it is a ‘sine-qua non’ or the most necessary level of education for any person. It is vital for the Child’s future as whatever he/she becomes in life depends, to a great extent, on his/her educational background or the type of basic education he/she had.
In Uruan Central Ward III in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria, our area of focus, it would appear that this level of education, its importance notwithstanding has completely been neglected. On ground, each of the eight (8) villages that constitute the ward has a primary school with one secondary school to cater for the children. But these primary schools are ghosts of their former selves. For instance, the most vital tool for provision of learning-the teacher-is grossly underprovided. At Methodist School, Ikot Otoinyie, which is the most populated village in the area, there have remained only three classroom teachers for many years now. Broken down desks litter the compound here and there. One of the school’s blocks has remained abandoned. No water and toilet facilities and the three teachers and head teacher do not live in the village, as such, they arrive school late every day, that is, as from 10:30a.m and leave for their home or other businesses from 12:30p.m each day. Attempt by the village elders to change the situation has not yielded any positive responses as the Local Government Education Authority complained, each time, of lack of teachers to post to the school. This situation is duplicated in all the villages in the area.
School Dropout and Effects on the Community:
The result of this ugly development is a high rate of school dropouts in the area. When the Project Team visited the villages, it was discovered, to our greatest shock and shame that despite the state government’s claim of the implementation of free and compulsory education in the state, this segment of the state’s population has nothing to show for it. Almost in every compound we entered there were little children crying for insufficient food available, with sunken eyes and protruded stomachs. You may ask about their parents – these are products of teenage or child pregnancies. Their teenage parents have abandoned them for the aged grandparents to search for food either as house helps or beggars in the state capital. Some of the girls have taken to prostitution and other degrades just to survive with their kids while the boys hawk along the every busy highways or turn to pickpockets and other vices. The community is groaning under the weight of government insensitivity to the welfare needs of its citizens. Some of these dropouts have been hijacked by politicians for their unwholesome activities.
Remedy to Address the Situation:
The solution to this is the provision of sound, functional basic education for these unfortunate ones. It is a common sight to see young, beautiful girls dressed in second-hand ‘leggings’ with tops to match who cannot respond correctly to an ordinary greeting in English Language. There is this girl, Ekenmini, who apparently left school in elementary two years ago. She can hardly spell her name or read a text messages in her phone. Any time she receives such messages, she will go around looking for someone to read for her. She is very pretty and appears willing to learn. In fact, according to her, she had gone to Calabar to live with a sister to enable her to go back to school only for the sister to lure her into going to bed with her male friends. She had to escape back to the village. She is already a mother-without a husband.
This ugly situation calls for the provision of functional and basic education with acquisition of skills training in various trades to empower these less-privileged children and youths in our society at no or minimal charges.
To alleviate illiteracy and empowered learning skill in the community, (HKRF) has set up a program: Teach Yourself Good English, this program will benefits over 500 students to improve their skills on learning. And be able to communicate in English language and solve basic Mathematics. This program will provide the 500 students with Learning Materials, Text Books, Dictionaries & School bags.
Our target is to provide over 3500 students with learning materials by end of 2015, this will go a long way to alleviate illiteracy and poverty in our rural communities.
Currently 50 students has benefits on this program and the results is absolutely remarkable. However, our major constraints is: Funding to provide more students with Learning Materials.
We shall be most grateful if we could partner with you as your local representatives for collaboration to enable us source funding to support this remarkable program. In-fact it is for the development of learning skills, knowledge of the very deprived, the underprivileged and the needy rural communities.
Your Gift of:
$25 will provide 1 student with Learning materials, Text Books, Dictionary and School bag.
$50 will provide 2 students with Learning materials, Text Books, Dictionaries and School bags.
$100 will provide 4 students with Learning materials, Text Books, Dictionaries and School bags.
$150 will provide 6 students with Learning materials, Text Books, Dictionaries and School bags.
$200 will provide 8 students with Learning materials, Text Books, Dictionaries and School bags.
$250 will provide 10 students with Learning materials, Text Books, Dictionaries and School bags.
$500 will provide 20 students with Learning materials, Text Books, Dictionaries and School bags.
$1250 will provide 50 students with Learning materials, Text Books, Dictionaries and School bags.
$12,500 will provide 500 students with learning materials Text Books, Dictionaries and School bags.
Or what ever you can give will go a long way to help our students and support this program to achieve its aims.
The program will aim at preparing the learners for two certificate examinations namely; the First School Leaving Certificate Examination and the Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination using the existing National Basic Educational Syllabus, but with some modifications to emphasize practicability and functionality of the knowledge gained by the learners, especially at the upper basic level to equip them effectively for sustainable livelihood at completion of their learning experience.
There will be need assessment after intense mobilization through awareness campaigns in our website, churches, market places, house-to-houses, use of town criers and mounting of banners and posters. Each contact will be preceded with a workshop to refresh the facilitators with proper and suitable delivery methods by expert resource persons in the identified areas. The trades to be built in the scheme will include – woodwork, metal work, hairdressing, computer training, sewing and electrical installation.
By helping our children to have access to basic education in our community and to be able to have a sustainable living, you are not just helping them, but you’re also investing in the long-term future health of our community and the entire world. A healthy, well-trained workforce is the most valuable asset to every community, and by helping these children to have access to this program and sustainable living which they so desperately desire, you will be planting seeds for future generation loyal to make our world a better place.
Not only that, by contributing you will also be receiving free advertising and positive public relations in our community. That’s because we will post your name in our programs and events, as well as on any materials produced promoting basic education and poverty alleviation.
Remain bless for your kind contributions to alleviate illiteracy and poverty around the world.