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Jul 1, 2020

2020 Second Quarter GlobalGiving Report

Introduction

Project “No Excuses” scholarship scheme is an initiative of the Ovie Brume Foundation with the overall goal of extenuating the underlying factors that limit outstanding marginalized public primary and secondary school children from having access to educational opportunities. The scholarship package is designed to cover the following:

  • Healthcare, which is provided via a reputable health insurance company annually;
  • Nutritional support in the form of essential food items provided for beneficiaries and their families quarterly;
  • Clothing which includes two pairs of school uniforms and four pairs of casual wears bi-annually
  • Educational Resources in the form of books and stationery as required termly
  • Transportation to and from school to support beneficiaries’ continuous stay in school termly.

 

Expected Outcomes 

The expected outcomes from ‘’Project No Excuses’’ are outlined below:

  • Improved access to education;
  • Improved ability to learn;
  • Increased access to standard health services; 
  • Improved nutritional status;
  • Completion of primary and secondary school education.

 

Socio-demographic Description of beneficiaries

There are currently 20 beneficiaries enrolled in the PNE scholarship scheme and their demography is shown in the graph below.  There are 14 female beneficiaries; 7 in Senior Secondary School, 5 in Junior Secondary School and 2 pupils in Primary School while there 6 male beneficiaries; 1 in Primary School, 4 in Junior Secondary School and 1 in Senior Secondary School. The ages of beneficiaries in primary school range from 8 – 12 years while the ages of beneficiaries in secondary school range from 11 – 18years.

 

 

Quarter Two 2020 Progress Report

The outbreak of COVID-19 resulted in the closure of schools as part of efforts by the Government to contain the pandemic. This affected the second term examination as pupils and students were not able to write their exams.

 

Within the period under review, the closure of schools affected the educational and psychosocial progress of the beneficiaries. However, during the lockdown, the Foundation organized online classes and programs for the beneficiaries and provided data for ease of access. The online tutoring session was put in place to keep the beneficiaries engaged academically and continuous learning despite the lockdown. They participated in different online sessions such as Creative Writing, Mathematics, Meet the Professionals to mention a few, which helped in creating competent learning paths for the future.

 

Beneficiaries were provided with financial support which was utilized in procuring nutritional support for them and their families in April to avert hunger during the lockdown. In June, nutritional support was also provided to beneficiaries and their families to cushion the economic hardship realities in addition to the other palliative support provided by the Foundation.  

 

Hauwa, Blessing, Prisca, and Usman participated in the Foundation’s Children’s Day online Essay themed “What Children’s Day Mean to You”. Their entries were graded outstanding and published across all the Foundation’s social media platforms

 

Limitations

  1. PNE beneficiaries are increasingly having accommodation challenges due to recent urban development activities within the state resulting in the relocation of some beneficiaries.
  2. Unavailability of smartphones for the beneficiaries to have uninterrupted access to the eLearning tutorial sessions.

 

Recommendation

  1. Availability of more resources to support current beneficiaries.
  2. Additional funding to support more students to benefit from the scheme.

Attachments:
Mar 6, 2020

Quarter One 2020 Progress Report

Introduction

Project “No Excuses” scholarship scheme is an initiative of the Ovie Brume Foundation with the overall goal of mitigating the underlying factors that hinder outstanding students from having educational opportunities. The scholarship package is designed to cover the following:

o   Healthcare,whichis provided via a reputablehealthcare insurance companyannually;

o   Nutritionalsupportinformofessentialfooditemsprovidedforbeneficiariesandtheirfamilies quarterly;

o   Clothing which includes two sets of school uniforms and four sets of casual wears bi-annually;

o   Educationalresourcesin formofbooks andstationaryitems as requiredtermly; and

o   Transportationto and from schoolto supportbeneficiaries’ continuous stayin schooltermly.

 

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes from ‘’Project No Excuses’’ are outline below:

o   Improved access to education;   Improved ability to learn;

o   Increased access to standard health services;

o   Improved nutritional status;

o   Completion of primary and secondary school education.

 

Socio-demographic Description of beneficiaries

20 beneficiaries are currently enrolled on the PNE scholarship scheme and their demography is shown in the graph below. For the female beneficiaries, there are 7 in Senior Secondary School, 5 in Junior Secondary School and 2 in Primary School. For the male beneficiaries, we have 1 in Primary School, 4 in Junior Secondary School and 1 in Senior Secondary School. The ages of beneficiaries in primary school range from 11 – 12 years while the ages of beneficiaries in secondary school range from 10 – 18years.

QuarterOne 2020Progress Report

QuarterOne 2020captured the resumption of the 2020 academic session and all beneficiaries resumed back to school with the zeal to perform better in their academics. Beneficiaries went shopping and the "needs and want" aspect of the Financial Literacy training skills acquired were put to use for this exercise.

 

Within the period under review, beneficiaries attended different programs within and outside the Foundation such as Dance, Drama, Creative Writing, Meet the Professional, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Basic Leadership and Character Development etc. Their participation in these programs has ensured continuous growth in their psycho-social abilities, guidance and mentoring as well as their excellent performance in their first term examination. All beneficiaries participated in the 16 days Activism for Gender-Based Violence held at the Foundation on the topic, “Consent and Stigmatization, Challenges in Prevention and Reporting of Rape and Sexual Harassment”. They learnt where to seek redress and psychological counselling in the event of abuse or violations and strategies on how to prevent violation and abuse and the silence culture and Stigmatization culture around abuse was clarified.

 

Beneficiaries in the upper Primary School and Junior Secondary School have shown great improvement in their psychosocial abilities through their participation in the team bonding exercises at the Foundation’s Youth Centre and this has helped their ability to interact more with students from other schools and encouraged her to speak out more. Usman attended the Citizenship & Leadership Training organized by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Abuja and also participated in the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award where he received a certificate of attendance and participation respectively.

 

Limitations

The project still witnesses some limitations; they are:

  1. The challenge of accommodation due to recent urban development activities within the state and this has resulted in relocation by some beneficiaries.
  2. Transportation support is also increasingly becoming a necessity as most beneficiaries have challenges with punctuality and regular attendance at school owing to their relocation. The state government’s policy, which does not allow change of school within the state has equally made this more challenging.
  3. Thereisanincreasing numberofunderserved butdeservingchildrenwho arecurrentlynotbenefiting from thePNE.

 

Recommendation

  1. Adequate resources to support current and new beneficiaries.

Attachments:
Dec 9, 2019

Quarter Four 2019 Progress Report

Introduction

Project “No Excuses” scholarship scheme is an initiative of the Ovie Brume Foundation with the overall goal of mitigating the underlying factors that hinder outstanding public primary and secondary school children from having educational opportunities. The scholarship package is designed to cover the following:

o   Healthcare,whichis provided via a reputablehealthcare insurance companyannually;

o   Nutritionalsupportinformofessentialfooditemsprovidedforbeneficiariesandtheirfamilies quarterly;

o   Clothing which includes two sets of school uniforms and four sets of casual wears bi-annually;

o   Educationalresourcesin formofbooks andstationaryitems as requiredtermly; and

o   Transportationto and from schoolto supportbeneficiaries’ continuous stayin schooltermly.

 

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes from ‘’Project No Excuses’’ are outline below:

o   Improved access to education;   Improved ability to learn;

o   Increased access to standard health services;

o   Improved nutritional status;

o   Completion of primary and secondary school education.

 

Socio-demographic Description of beneficiaries

20 beneficiaries are currently enrolled on the PNE scholarship scheme and their demography is shown in the graph below. For the female beneficiaries, there are 7 in Senior Secondary School, 5 in Junior Secondary School and 2 in Primary School. For the male beneficiaries, we have 1 in Primary School, 4 in Junior Secondary School and 1 in Senior Secondary School. The ages of beneficiaries in primary school range from 11 – 12 years while the ages of beneficiaries in secondary school range from 10 – 18years. 

 

QuarterFour 2019Progress Report

The period under review captured the resumption of the 2019/2020 academic session and all beneficiaries were provided new textbooks, notebooks, school bags and school uniforms. Other workbooks and practical materials were also provided as indicated by their schools. Similarly, the PNE beneficiaries were provided nutritional and casual wears support; the food items included staple foods such as rice and beans as well as beverages and cereals.

 

Due to the change of school administrators in Lagos state, a Letter of Introduction was sent to all Principals and Headmasters/Headmistresses to intimate them on the Project “No Excuses” scholarship scheme. This was followed by a visit to introduce the Foundation and the PNE project inorder to create a good relationship and interaction with all schools for an effective monitoring and mentoring system for beneficiaries.

 

Beneficiaries attended different programmes within and outside the Foundation such as Dance, Drama, Creative Writing, Meet the Professional, etc. This is to ensure their continuous growth, development, guidance and mentoring.

 

Limitations

Some of thelimitations arestill pending.

  1. PNE beneficiaries are increasingly having accommodation challenges due to recent urban development activities within the state and this has resulted in relocation by some beneficiaries.
  2. Transport support is also increasingly becoming a necessity as most beneficiaries are having trouble with punctuality and regular attendance in school owing to their relocation. The state government’s policy, which does not allow change of school within the state has equally made this challenging.
  3. Thereisanincreasing numberofunderserved butdeservingchildrenwho arecurrentlynotbenefiting from thePNE.

 

Recommendation

  1. More resources to support current beneficiaries.
  2. More funding for  additional students to benefit from the scheme.

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