Empower rural Nigerian children with ICT

 
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Students working on an electric lamp project
Students working on an electric lamp project

Thank you for your continuous support to our vision of “Empowering rural Nigerian Children with ICT”. We currently live in an age where everything gets thrown away. From cartons to bottled water cans. This "out with the old, in with the new" lifestyle has a tremendous cost. There is an environmental price we pay which contributes to pollution, impacting the quality of the water we drink and the air we breathe especially in developing countries like ours (Nigeria). Combating the impacts created from this trend of waste is a major challenge, but there are ways to fight back and students participating in MindAfrica’s after school program are learning to reuse everyday waste. Using the knowledge gained from the program, students researched on chosen projects using the internet and educational software located on their computers and went ahead to implement the “zero waste” concept producing useable household items in the process.

In a Community Secondary School situated in Aluu community of Rivers State Nigeria, students participating in the MindAfrica after-school program sought to implement their newfound knowledge on recycling, reusing and basic electricity. These students were taught the basic concept of how electricity works and how to merge that with everyday waste to produce usable house hold items, As a result the students designed and built several project which include a bed side/reading lamp, a battery powered train, an electric fan and a moving toy car.

Imagine a fan with blades made out of cartons and standing on a floater with some wires connected to a controller and batteries. That was one of the projects carried out by a group of students on the MindAfrica after-school program. This was done with simple wastes items like used cartons, rotary motors from damaged DVD players, floaters, wires, and batteries. Another group of students on this program went ahead to create an electric lamp using cartons, an electric bulb, bulb holders and wires. The MindAfrica team was filled joy, excitement and a lot of appreciation to our supporters, when the students presented their fully functional projects made from the basic principle of electricity and everyday waste items around them.

Yes when students are part of the learning process and not just spectators, there is no telling what they can achieve. This self-discovery stays with students throughout their lifetimes and motivates them to explore.

Students using scraps to make a torch light
Students using scraps to make a torch light
Students display a fan and lamp made from scraps
Students display a fan and lamp made from scraps
Students using scraps to build a Food Warmer
Students using scraps to build a Food Warmer

Grappling with the ongoing insurgency in Northern Nigeria and the recent outbreak of Ebola virus, it is evident that Nigeria is undergoing trying times; yet in spite of the harrowing experiences, we remain hopeful. We look forward to a time when we would surmount the challenges of insurgency, poverty and disease that threaten the very fabric of our existence and development.

 We look forward to a time when education would not just be the right of every Nigerian child but would be one harnessed by every Nigerian child irrespective of gender, ethnicity or social status. We look forward to Nigerian children growing up to realize their full potential and taking their place in global issues. That is why we refuse to give up!

 In the face of challenges, we continue to educate, nurture and inspire Nigerian children to be the best they can be. We emphasize the importance of education and encourage lifelong learning in our after-school programs. This year’s holiday program is focused on bringing out the inventors in our kids. With little help from MIND facilitators, young kids are taught simple concepts that are designed to trigger curiosity and creativity – the result? Exciting, whimsical structures and devices.

Help us to keep hope alive by donating to our cause.

 Your donation would ensure that underserved Nigerian children in remote communities have access to free learning programs organized by MIND Foundation where they can be nurtured and groomed for success. Your support will enable us continue to provide access to tools that would inspire great ideas and turn those ideas into action.

Donate to MIND project.

 As usual, we promise to keep you updated on the impact MIND programs are making in our communities.

 Sincerely,

Olere Iluebbey

A cross section of the Computer Technology class
A cross section of the Computer Technology class
Students learning to recycle, reuse and reduce
Students learning to recycle, reuse and reduce
Training young leaders in the leadership session
Training young leaders in the leadership session
Kickoff of the MIND holiday program
Kickoff of the MIND holiday program
MIND kid assembling a central processing unit
MIND kid assembling a central processing unit

In order to enhance the achievement level of young Nigerians, MIND has introduced new learning concepts and tools to prepare disadvantaged students of rural community schools with 21st century learning skills. The objective is to bring them up to speed on modern technologies, creative learning tools and life skills they require to succeed in an increasingly innovative and competitive world.

Learning by doing is the new focus. MIND is developing young students to be innovators who can create things and explain how they work and why. The afterschool training is coaching students through DIY (do-it-yourself) projects that teach the principles of science, engineering, technology, art and math. We learn by using things that already exist to create new and better forms that meet our objectives. From ready-made project kits to recycled scrap materials, MIND kids are learning!

 This is a huge step for us as it negates the traditional teaching methods that are prevalent in the Nigerian school system. It also requires extensive coaching and resources to change the mindset of young Nigerians from ‘users’ to ‘makers’.

Nigeria has been a large consumer of imported products and services to the detriment of its own economy and needs to embrace the DIY culture. Often times, young Nigerian graduates are passed over during job searches in favor of their foreign counterparts who have more experience and expertise. To tackle these challenges, MIND is grooming a new generation of innovators by providing the tools they need to be creative and to turn their brilliant ideas into action.

 For funding and other kinds of support, we welcome volunteers with technical expertise and creative skills to mentor young students as well as financial donations to carry out projects in the different community schools where we work. Thank you in advance for supporting our cause.

MIND kids from Abuloma on their circuit project
MIND kids from Abuloma on their circuit project
MIND kids working on their shoe project
MIND kids working on their shoe project
MIND kids working on thier liquid soap project
MIND kids working on thier liquid soap project
MIND kids in front of the community market
MIND kids in front of the community market

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Sir Winston Churchill.

 We all have the capacity to inspire and create change. Regardless of age, background, economic or social status, giving is a universal opportunity. This has been proven time and time again by MIND Kids who irrespective of age and economic challenges have found creative means to solving problems around them.

 MIND Foundation upholds the virtues of giving back and instils in young minds, leadership and life skills that enable them make informed choices in life and contribute to making the world a better place. The Community Service Learning module particularly creates opportunities for school-age participants to employ creativity and passion in providing solutions to identified needs in their communities. One of such opportunities was the Community Service Challenge that held from October 15th to November 15th, 2013 involving 7 community secondary schools in Rivers State, Nigeria.

 The Challenge was to identify and provide creative solutions to an obvious problem affecting the lives of people in their communities. Projects implemented ranged from Peer-to-peer training on personal hygiene and general sanitation, Clean-Up Project in the community market, Creation of sign posts for school, to Clean-Up projects in School and the community.

 All projects were executed by the MIND Kids from the respective schools and with minimal supervision by an adult mentor. They were able to raise donations where financial commitments were involved and in some cases executed their projects without money. Please see pictorial account of events at http://ow.ly/tCBju

 “If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up doing nothing for nobody.” ~ Malcom Bane

 We commend these young leaders for their courage and passion for making a change in their communities in spite of their limitations. This just buttresses the fact that anyone can make a difference, even you! As you donate generously to this project, you do not only provide material support for their learning but you join MIND Foundation in building a good foundation for tomorrow’s leaders.

What better season than this to show your love by giving to a meaningful cause!

With love,

From all of us at MIND Foundation

MIND kids from Amadi-Ama working on their signpost
MIND kids from Amadi-Ama working on their signpost
MIND kids from Allu held a training on sanitation
MIND kids from Allu held a training on sanitation
MIND kids from Aluu donated wastebins to schools
MIND kids from Aluu donated wastebins to schools
MIND kids from Nkpolu  with their banner project
MIND kids from Nkpolu with their banner project
MIND kids from Igwuruta on their service project
MIND kids from Igwuruta on their service project
MIND kid from oroworukwo carry out a clean-up
MIND kid from oroworukwo carry out a clean-up
MINDkids in Rumukwurushi working on their signpost
MINDkids in Rumukwurushi working on their signpost
MINDkids from Abuloma carrying out their project
MINDkids from Abuloma carrying out their project
MIND Program: Campbell working on his laptop
MIND Program: Campbell working on his laptop

In 2007, when MIND Foundation commenced its pilot activities in Community Secondary Schools in Rivers State, we clearly underestimated the level of impact that our after-school training programs would have on the children, their families and the community. Testimonials from MIND Kids over time have revealed that apart from ICT competencies, MIND kids have imbibed leadership principles taught in the program and are excelling in other areas of academic endeavors.

A recent testimonial is that of 11-year old Campbell Oribelema Omuboye, a Basic 8 student of State Secondary School, Amadi-Ama who emerged the best student in the ‘Read Aloud Contest’ and the ‘2013 Governor’s Debate Cup Competition’ organized by the Rivers State Ministry of Education for secondary school students across the State.

  These events which concluded on the 27th of September, were held at St. Andrews Model Primary School in Port Harcourt and involved students from 23 local government areas in Rivers State. It is an initiative of the Commissioner for Education in Rivers State, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi, to develop communication skills in young students so that they can express themselves clearly and confidently. The theme of the 2013 Governor’s Debate Cup Competition was “Education – the Key to Sustainable Nation Building”.

 Emerging the best speaker in the Junior Category of the Read Aloud Competition, Campbell was presented with a Laptop and a color printer. He went further to win the 1st prize of an iPad and a scholarship grant of N150,000 in the Governor’s Debate Cup Competition. During their visit to MIND Foundation’s office, Campbell’s father, Mr. Omuboye, expressed his gratitude to MIND for the positive influence on his son.. He went further to say “MIND Foundation has contributed so much to my son’s success today. The eloquence and intelligence which my son displayed today is as a result of the training he has been receiving from MIND. The orientation he has gotten from MIND has helped him now.” Campbell Oribelema is one of the MIND Kids in State Secondary School, Amadi-Ama, he has been in the MIND program for only 1 year.

In over 6 years of providing free learning programs to disadvantaged children in Nigeria, MIND has impacted over 2000 direct beneficiaries and we can truly say that the skills and experiences acquired in the MIND programs have positioned these children for great possibilities in future.

Campbell working on his shoe making project
Campbell working on his shoe making project
Campbell participating in the MIND Leadership camp
Campbell participating in the MIND Leadership camp

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Olere Iluebbey

Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria

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