Sunday, 19 March 2017

Education, the road out of conflict and poverty.

The conflict in Nigeria’s north-east provoked by Boko Haram, resulted in widespread displacement, violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, protection risks and a growing humanitarian crisis. (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA)

Since the start of the conflict in 2009, more than 20,000 people have been killed, countless women and girls abducted and children drafted as suicide bombers into Boko Haram.  Up to 2.1 million people fled their homes at the height of the conflict, 1.8 million of whom are currently internally displaced and 0.2 million in neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

In the three most affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe   almost 7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, more than 50 per cent of whom are children. In newly accessible areas vulnerable host populations are in critical need of humanitarian interventions including food, water, sanitation, protection, education, shelter and health services.

Since this conflict began, nearly 1.3 million children have been forced from their homes. Hundreds of girls and boys have been killed, thousands have gone missing or become separated from their parents. The violence has kept more than 670,000 children out of their classrooms for more than a year. 

This is having a devastating effect on children’s lives and futures. These children are in desperate need of our help.

According to UNESCO, “Northern Nigeria has the highest Child illiteracy rate in the country”. One of the major barriers to school enrolment and retention is the lack of educational supplies. The Global Citizen puts the lack of learning materials which includes lack of materials for teachers to prepare their lesson notes as the fourth barrier to education around the world.

The primary schools in the villages which lack electricity, running water were abandoned in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgencies and have just recently been reopened to the children who have had their education interrupted. With classrooms destroyed, the children were taught under trees in the scorching sun.

The children that attend the primary schools adopted by Keeping It Real Foundation in Adamawa and Niger States come from disadvantaged homes and lack basic educational supplies such as textbooks, writing materials and storybooks with which to develop strong literacy skills.

Since adopting the 4 schools in February 2017, the Foundation has supported 50 pupils and 4 teachers with writing materials; donated 50 academic and children's books. With this project, Keeping It Real Foundation will provide educational supplies such as textbooks, writing materials and storybooks to each primary school pupil. Thereby encouraging school enrollment and retention, transform the future of the pupils and improve the literacy rates in Adamawa and Niger States.

This project will enable 270 primary school children to receive
educational supplies in form of text books, school bags, exercise books, writing materials and reading corners. It will also support the 4 schools with solar power and provide teaching materials for teachers to prepare their lessons.

Help keep a child in school.

Help keep a classroom open for teaching.

Help equip a teacher for teaching.

Support Keeping It Real Foundation (KIR) and invest in transforming the lives of 270 children through education in Northern Nigeria.

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