Education in Response to Conflict (ERC)
More than 2 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of the violence in Northern Nigeria. About 50% of this number are children and as with most migration crises, children feel the brunt. They are ripped from their communities, removed from school and lose months or years of study. More than 1,200 schools have been damaged or destroyed in the North East, and even more have been closed because they are housing the displaced people. Research has shown that without education, it would be difficult for children to reach their full potential and contribute to the future stability of their families, communities and economies. As such, these children are losing their chance of a better life and future. We hope to address this problem by using simple technology to improve their access to quality education.
The current quality of education provided in IDP camps is quite poor. Schools (provided by government and/or NGOs) in the camps are typically makeshift, under-resourced and over-crowded. Trained teachers who can deliver conflict-sensitive, quality basic education instruction that improves student psychosocial well-being and learning outcomes are scarce, as many have been uprooted and schools usually must make do with whatever/whoever is on ground. This has resulted in very poor learning outcomes for the displaced children. Because the Mavis Education Model™ relies on the use of standardized content, prepared by expert educators and based on the national curriculum (by NERDC), parents or young people that reside in the camps or host communities can be trained to facilitate the learning. The model also encourages learning in small groups that are collaborative and participatory, which has been proven to benefit children who have been exposed to trauma. This will support their rehabilitation. We will ensure that the potential beneficiaries know about our project by conducting pre-deployment engagement exercises on the need and benefits of the ERC program with parents/caregivers of the children in IDP camps through our existing NGO partners who are already working in these camps. We will also work with other stakeholders such as the Local and State Government education officials to ensure their buy-in to the program and eventual scale up.
Interested in reaching children in conflict settings (like IDP Camps) in Nigeria, please contact us today.
Low Cost Private Schools Support (LCPSS)
Most education interventions for low cost private schools in Nigeria are largely implemented in Lagos due to the presence of associations catering to this range of schools.
Through our LCPSS program, we conduct field data gathering and mapping to identify and select low cost private schools in northern Nigeria that need the most help in communities of interest to development partners, private sector CSR units and others. The states we currently work in (Phase I) are Abuja, Kaduna and Nasarawa states. This structured data and ready-to-deploy programs make it easy for these donors to easily work with us to support these schools with appropriate education interventions to improve learning outcomes of children attending such schools. Most donors prefer this approach, as it is a lot easier, faster and less cumbersome than engaging and work with government owned public schools.
Interested in supporting low cost private schools in Nigeria, please contact us today.