Education is a necessary tool and plays a vital role in the life of every child. Every child needs education to survive in this competitive world; Hence, it remains the bedrock of every developed and developing society. According to Kofi Annan, “Knowledge is power, Information is liberation and education is the premise of progress in every society…” There is no doubt education is the passport to the future and we all need to embrace, preach and advocate it. CHAD gives high priority to this concern especially in the northeast where the out-of-school children is on the increase bedeviled by the insurgency.
CHAD has partner with Creative Associate, PLAN International (Funded by Irish Aid) and International Rescue Committee (IRC funded by DFID) to reach the vulnerable children providing formal and non-formal education as part of her support to North East Nigeria Transition to Development (NENTAD) to ensure conflict affected children are attending and learning relevant literacy, numeracy, basic science and social-emotional skills.
In The Education crisis Respond (ECR) project 2017, CHAD partner with creative associate to reach 1,250 Children in Konduga local government providing non-formal education across 25 learning centres. The beneficiaries were provided with School bags and scholastic materials, a safe space for learning and learning facilitators were trained and deployed to the centers for facilitation.
In 2017/2018 The CHAD/IRISH Project successfully enrolled 2,920 beneficiaries as against 2400 targeted (F-1264, M-926) in MMC, Jere, Kaga, Mafa and Konduga local government areas of Borno state. Children within the ages of 9-14 years were enrolled into formal Education and those within the ages of 15-24years were enrolled into non-formal Education. The total beneficiaries enrolled for formal education were placed in suitable classes together with pre-existing pupils as determined by the pre-test administered to them they were given school uniforms to completely fit into the system. They attended catch-up classes in the afternoon where they were taught four (4) core subjects; literacy, numeracy, social studies and basic science to enable them catch up with the regular pupils; and this was in line with the training given to the teachers. A trade survey was carried out in 8 communities to select sale-able skills for the non-formal beneficiaries to empower them economically and to build a society that works together to support each other for a sustainable development. In respect to that, the following skills were selected: Baking, Cap making, Knitting, Barbing, carpentry, Shoe making, liquid soap making, Local perfume and Local spaghetti. The Children were trained on the above mentioned skills and are currently producing them for sales in their various communities as income generating source for their livelihood.
This is section 1. In 2018 The CHAD/IRC Project successfully enrolled 1,500 learners, 900 out-of-school children age 9-14yrs were enrolled into non-formal learning centres to gain relevant literacy, numeracy and social and emotional skills in a safe and conducive environment, they were given the necessary study materials like books, bags, pencils, eraser, sharpener and biros. Learning facilitators were trained to give the necessary education, some centres run from Mondays to Thursdays while others run from Thursdays to Sundays. The children are also provided with snacks at all contact days to help keep them refreshed for learning. At the formal schools, 600 children were identified to be at risk of dropping-out of school and were given the needed academic support such as, catch-up classes, school bags, pencils, biros, exercise books, eraser and sharpener. Tutors were trained to assist in catch-up classes which run from 3pm to 5pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The children are also provided with snacks to help keep them refreshed for learning.
ACTIVITIES; CHAD carried out numerous activities in ensuring these children are reached in the proper and rightful manner beginning from advocacy visits, stakeholders engagement, learning facilitators selection and training, tutors selection and training, Skill acquisition trainers, Selection of Community Coalition member, Monitoring and evaluation, Centre management, Provision of learning aids, Child friendly Space materials etc.
CHAD also extended her hand of fellowship to the school for the physically challenged in Gombe, Gombe State where she distributed 100 school bags and other scholastic materials to children living with disability which was a thing of joy to the beneficiary feeling cared for.
The need for education intervention cannot be overemphasized as it has become pertinent in the country. Good number of children are out-of-school due to economic, security and environmental challenges, these basically result in lack of caregiver, inability of parents to pay schools fees, this is evident in the case of a little girl whose video went viral on March 12th 2019 as she protested being sent home from school because her parent are unable to pay her school fees. It was discovered that Success (the name of the child) attends a government school Okotie Eboh 1 Primary School in Sapele Delta state and was driven home for not paying school fees. Other children are out of school due to insecurity like what we are currently experiencing in the northeast Nigeria. While others may be out of school due to the environment they find themselves, probably no schools and if there are schools (Structures) no teachers and so on.
CHAD is working to ensure she reaches as much as possible all part of this country and beyond faced with this challenge of vulnerability to ensure children are attending school with the needed support to facilitate learning. CHAD is open to partners, local and international funders who are willing and open to support this cause knowing that education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world.