Project “No Excuses” Scholarship Scheme (PNE), is an initiative of the Ovie Brume Foundation. The overall goal of the project is to mitigate the underlying factors that hinders outstanding public primary and secondary school children from having educational opportunities. The scholarship package covers:
- Healthcare, which is provided via a reputable healthcare insurance company annually;
- Nutritional support in form of essential food items provided for beneficiaries and their families quarterly;
- Clothing which includes two sets of school uniforms and four sets of casual wears bi-annually;
- Educational resources in form of books and stationary items as required termly; and
- Transportation to support beneficiaries continuous stay in school termly.
Expected Outcomes of Project “No Excuses” Scholarship Scheme
The expected outcomes from ‘’Project No Excuses’’ are outline 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
18 beneficiaries are currently enrolled on the PNE scholarship scheme within the period under review; the demographics of these beneficiaries is represented in the graph below. Beneficiaries consist of 13 females and 5 males; 6 females in senior secondary school, 5 in junior secondary school and 2 in primary school. For the males, 2 males are in primary school and 3 in junior secondary school. Ages of secondary school beneficiaries range from 12years to 18years while primary school ages range from 7 years to 12 years.
Quarter Three 2018 Progress Report
Quarter three 2018 marked the commencement of a new session and addition of 3 new beneficiaries to the Project “No Excuses” scholarship scheme. For the first academic term, all beneficiaries received nutritional and educational support in their respective schools. Some challenged beneficiaries also received transportation to defray their transport cost to and fro school, which has helped them get to school on time and meet up with their school works.
Within the period under review, secondary school beneficiaries participated in all activities organized at the Ovie Brume Foundation which includes Drama, Coding workshop, Dance, ICT and Art. During the summer, the primary school pupils attended a “Book” reading session to commemorate the International Literacy Day which aimed at improving their literacy skills. They also participated in a Financial literacy class that was organized to teach them how to save and spend wisely.
Beneficiaries who were recently promoted into senior secondary 3 class had their Mock examination to determine their readiness for the upcoming West Africa Examination Council. 2 of the beneficiaries however passed their Junior Secondary School examination and got promoted to the senior secondary class.
Hauwa, won a scholarship to participate in a training and mentoring programme aimed at improving technology skills of girls at the W-Tech (Women in Technology) summer camp. She was outstanding throughput the camp and during the practical sessions. She emerged overall best student in the Camp.
The primary school beneficiaries who are also members of the “Book Club” continued with the “After School” classes alongside other pupils who are currently not benefitting from the PNE scholarship scheme. The “Book Club” has promoted a reading culture in the children who now spend time in the library reading books or lending books to take home to read. These beneficiaries all participated in the summer programs in August focusing on ICT and Livelihoods.
A major challenge, transportation, has been resolved but the Foundation still faces other pending challenges.
- PNE beneficiaries are still having accommodation challenges due to recent urban development activities in Lagos state, which has resulted in relocation by some of the beneficiaries.
- Delay in issuing end of term result by school affects the individual reporting and assessment of the beneficiaries.
- Beneficiaries’ needs are still overwhelming at the beginning of new academic sessions. This has earlier been stated as the numbers of deserving students for the scholarship scheme keeps increasing by the day due to the country’s economic situation, hence the need for more resources to enroll more beneficiaries. The Ovie Brume Foundation current has over 200 active members at the Youth Centre.
- Additional funding to supports needs of current beneficiaries.
- Inclusion of more students on the waiting list in the scheme.