Project“NoExcuses”ScholarshipSchemeisaninitiativeoftheOvieBrumeFoundation withtheoverallgoal ofmitigatingtheunderlyingfactorsthathinderoutstandingpublicprimaryandsecondaryschoolchildrenfrom having educationalopportunities. The scholarship packageisdesigned tocoverthe following:
Healthcare,whichis provided via a reputablehealthcare insurance companyannually;
Clothing which includes two sets of schooluniforms and four sets of casual wearsbi-annually; Educationalresourcesin formofbooks andstationaryitems as requiredtermly; and
Transportationto and from schoolto supportbeneficiaries’ continuous stayin schooltermly.
ExpectedOutcomes of Project “No Excuses” Scholarship Scheme The expected outcomes from ‘’Project NoExcuses’’areoutline below:
Improved access to education; Improved ability tolearn;
Increased access to standard health services; Improved nutritional status;
Completion ofprimary and secondary school education.
20beneficiariesarecurrentlyenrolledonthePNEscholarship schemeandtheirdemographyisrepresented inthegraphbelow.Forthefemalebeneficiaries,thereare7inSeniorSecondarySchool,3inJunior Secondary Schooland4inPrimary School. Forthemalebeneficiaries,thereare5 inJuniorSecondarySchool and 1 in Senior Secondary school.Theagesofbeneficiariesinprimaryschoolrangefrom7–12yearswhilethe agesofbeneficiaries in secondaryschool range from8 – 18years.
QuarterThree 2019Progress Report
Thirdquarterof2019markedthe end of the academicsessionand the commencement of summer programs. It also marks the graduation of three of the Project “No Excuses” beneficiaries from Senior Secondary School and theinclusionofnew beneficiariestotheproject.
Beneficiariesclosed for the summer holiday in the third week of July.
Within the period under review, all beneficiaries participated in activities organized at the Foundation. Beneficiaries in Senior Secondary School participated in the annual “Passport to Success” (P2S) program. P2S is a “job shadowing” program which provides a glimpse of professional life and instil a sense of responsibility in students. Beneficiaries are exposed to the work environment during the summer break in various organisations to experience first-hand what their choice of career would look like.
This program is a follow up and practical component of our quarterly “Meet the Professionals” program. Meet the Professionals is an initiative of the Ovie Brume Foundation that brings together students and professionals in various fields who provide career guidance and mentoring to youth. The goal of the program is to equip students with skills that will help them stay in school and acquire skills they need to excel as well as meet professionals that will give career motivations and guidance and serve as role models. While others participated in the Summer programs at the Foundation for three weeks inSTEM training which involves Experimento, Animation and Robotics, Life Skills and Vocation trainings likeBarbing (Step-down training), Culinary Arts, Art and Crafts, Music, Make-up & Head tie (Fascinators, Auto-Gele, etc.), Games and Capacity building on Financial Literacy, Emotional Intelligence talks, Sensitization on drug use and abuse. The Summer program ended with an Excursion to Freedom Foundation D.I.C (Drop-in Centre) in Yaba, Lagos, which featured motivational and educational talk on “Who can lead a Nation, the Power of Positive Thinking”, etc.
One of beneficiaries in Senior Secondary School, Blessing participated at the “She Creates” and “EarlyInnovators” ICT program organized by the Women`s Technology Empowerment Centre. The program’s objective was to inspire the girls to get excited about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and groom them to be technology solution creators and innovators. She was trained on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of things, Python-programming etc. In other to implement what she has learned, Blessing worked on a project using Python programming to create a chat box on the system. To broaden the experience and make the training impactful, the students went on an Excursion to Microsoft Office and Andela where Blessing had the opportunity to meet with software developers and engineers, who further taught them the nitty-gritty of software design, technology solution creators and innovators. A certificate of participation was awarded to her and other participants.
Beneficiaries in the senior secondary class who wrote their Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination performed excellently. Rosemary, one the beneficiaries who has just graduated from Senior Secondary School gained admission into Oxbridge Tutorial College for her A levels. All beneficiariesarecontinuously improvingintheir academics and social skills.
Some of thelimitations arestill pending.
- SomePNEbeneficiarieshaveaccommodationchallengesduetorecenturbandevelopment activitieswithin thestate and thishas resulted intorelocation by someofthebeneficiaries.
- Thereisanincreasing numberofunderservedbutdeservingchildrenwho arecurrentlynotbenefiting from thePNE.
Provision of more resources to support current and prospective beneficiaries.Attachments: