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Nov 29, 2016

Project No Excuses Quarterly Report July-Sept 2016

Project No Excuses Quarterly Report July-September 2016

Introduction

The overall goal of Project “No Excuses” is to mitigate the underlying factors that prevent outstanding public primary and secondary school children from having educational opportunities. The scholarship package covers:

  • health care, which is provided via a reputable health insurance company;
  • nutritional support in form of essential food items provided for the student and his/her family on a quarterly basis;
  • clothing which includes two sets of school uniform and four sets of street clothing on an annual basis;
  • educational resources in form of books and stationary items as required each term;
  • and provision of funds to defray transport fare to and fro school

 

Socio-demographic Description of beneficiaries

10 beneficiaries were recruited in June 2015. With age ranging from 10-12years, six were females while four were males. They were all primary school pupils in primary five.

 

Quarter Three Progress Report

During the quarter under review, the Ovie Brume Foundation rounded up the preparatory class for the secondary school entrance exams at the foundation. The ten PNE beneficiaries were part of the preparatory class. This class prepared them adequately for the entrance examination. The exam has been taken and all the ten beneficiaries performed exceedingly well. They have all been offered admission into the secondary school of their choice. Currently the foundation has three new beneficiaries in primary 3, 4 and 5. Also, 7 additionally children have been identified to take off on the scheme from January 2017.

 

The PNE beneficiaries joined other beneficiaries and young people at the Ovie Brume Foundation youth centre for the 2016 summer camp which took place in August. The summer camp which lasted for three days featured literacy enhancement sessions, spelling be competition, entrepreneurial and livelihood training skills. Young people were coached on practical skills such as cake baking, bead making and other simple science practical sessions during the summer camp. The beneficiaries were part of the summer camp training.

 

Through the foundation’s existing relationship with the Lagos state Ministry of Education and the State Universal Basic Education board, we initiated a monitoring system whereby the beneficiary’s academic activities are monitored and necessary support is provided within the school system to ensure they maintain an excellent academic performance.

 

Conclusively, through the foundation’s vibrant youth centre, the beneficiaries are enrolled in at least one livelihood activity and also attend the after school extra-mural classes organized for both primary and secondary school pupils.


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Aug 31, 2016

Project No Excuses Quarterly Report May-June 2016

The Project No Excuses is a scholarship initiative that was started as a result of the factors identified from the Ovie Brume's Foundation's field experience in the educational sector in Nigeria. It was observed that the factors that contribute to the very large number of children who are out of school (10.5 million) are need-based. They include but are not limited to poverty and illiterate parents.

These children are compelled to support their parents by hawking on the streets and learning menial jobs when their counterparts are in school and when they are allowed to go to school, they are not provided with the tools they need to participate in the learning process. They go to school with hungry stomachs and do not have access to quality health care when they fall ill.

The overall goal of Project “No Excuses” is to mitigate the underlying factors that debar outstanding public primary and secondary school children from educational opportunities. The scholarship package covers:

  • health care, which is provided via a reputable health insurance company;
  • nutritional support in form of essential food items provided for the student and his/her family on a quarterly basis;
  • clothing which includes two sets of school uniform and four sets of street clothing on an annual basis;
  • educational resources in form of books and stationary items as required each term;
  • and provision of funds to defray transport fare to and fro school

Esther , one of the beneficiaries of the project finished her primary school education in August 2016. Her ambition is to be a graduate of science. She was given this scholarship in 2015 and in her words, she said " The food items and access to good health care that I got helped me to focus and prepare for my national common entrance examination. My mother did not ask me to help her with hawking her wares. I was able to concentrate and I believe that I will get admission to secondary school. Thank you Ovie Brume Foundation".

Results from the literacy assessments carried out on the beneficiaries, Esther had improved in her reading and comprehension skills by 44% in twelve months.


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Jun 6, 2016

Project No Excuses Q1 Report 2016

The overall goal of Project “No Excuses” is to mitigate the underlying factors that debar outstanding public primary and secondary school children from educational opportunities. The scholarship package covers;

  • health care, which is provided via a reputable health insurance company;
  • nutritional support in form of essential food items provided for the student and his/her family on a quarterly basis;
  • clothing which includes two sets of school uniform and four sets
  • of street clothing on an annual basis;
  • educational resources in form of books and stationary items as required each term;
  • and provision of funds to defray transport fare to and fro School

Socio-demographic Description of beneficiaries

  • Sixty percent (6) of the beneficiaries are female while the rest (4) are males. Their ages range from 10 years to 12 years with a mean age of 10 years, 4 months. Only two (2) of the children are from a family of four (4) children or less while the remaining (8) eight of the beneficiaries have more than 4 siblings with eight (8) been the highest.

Detailed Description of Progress In the First Quarter:

In the reporting quarter which spanned from January to March 2016, a packet of intervention was provided to the beneficiaries as highlighted below: The support provided was informed by earlier engagement with the project beneficiaries and their parents where their present needs were prioritized based on fund availability.

  • Nutritional Support: The scholarship scheme makes provision for two meals a day per beneficiary. Each beneficiary is entitled to the sum of Forty Eight Thousand Naira every month to support their meals. In the reporting quarter, all 10 beneficiaries received nutritional support items.
  • Provision of Clothing: As part of the welfare module of the scholarship scheme, each beneficiary is entitled to two sets of school uniform and four sets of street clothing. Each beneficiary is entitled to a sum of Thirty Thousand Naira ($88. 23) per year to support their casual wears wardrobe. This is further broken down into two outings per year at Fifteen Thousand Naira (&45) per beneficiary per outing. In the reporting month, provision for clothing was not made.
  • Transport Support and Health Coverage: Plans are underway for the provision of health insurance for beneficiaries. However, beneficiaries receive a refund whenever they access health care. There was no form of health care support in the reporting quarter. Likewise, transport support was also not provided in the reporting month.
  • Literacy Enhancement Programme: The project beneficiaries also benefited from the Foundations’ literacy enhancement programme in the reporting quarter. This was in form of weekly reading of age and culture appropriate story books facilitated by trained volunteers. New words are checked up by the kids in dictionaries provided by the Foundation, thereby improving their vocabularies. Mastery of the spelling and meaning of new words learnt by the kids was further reinforced through spelling bees competitions and exposure to educational games such as monopoly and scrabbles.
  • Sports for Development: Scholarship recipients were involved in various sporting activities to mark their inter house event. These activities are aimed at teaching the recipients team work, build their physical strength, resilience and teach them discipline.
  • After School Extra-mural Support: Scholarship recipients were also provided after school support to review their school work and assignments. Special attention was paid to their numeracy and civic skills.

Academic Standing of Project Beneficiaries:

In the reporting quarter, the session winded up and project beneficiaries sat for their promotional exams in their various classes and schools. The exam results of beneficiaries were retrieved from the schools and compared with the previous year’s performance. It was observed that 30% of the beneficiaries retrogressed, 40% maintained their positions and 30% made progress in the last term results.  The comments from the class teacher indicated that 10% of the beneficiaries did not do well as a result of their absence from classes. The Foundation is currently carrying out an investigation to find out the reasons why the beneficiareis are absent from School.

Attached is a detailed report for quarter one, 2016


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