Sep 15, 2021

BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE FOR GIRLS IN JULVU

The COVID-19 crisis disrupted the learning of children, young people and adults at an unprecedented proportion. Also, it magnified the pre-existing inequalities in access to meaningful literacy learning opportunities and disproportionally affected young people especially in rural communities that did not have access to the internet or computers to ensure the continuity of learning, including distance learning, often in combination with in-person learning. Furthermore, the swift shift to distance learning has highlighted the persistent digital divide in terms of connectivity, infrastructure, and the ability to engage with technology, as well as disparities in other services such as access to electricity, which has limited learning options.

In Nigeria, schools were closed for 7 months, although responses to the COVID-19 school closures included remote learning solutions ranging from distribution of paper take-home materials to providing lessons through broadcast media (such as TV and radio) and digital platforms. However, access to literacy learning opportunities was not evenly distributed with most children from low–income families and communities totally cut off from learning. According to a recent study by the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) and the Teacher Task Force12; 826 million students (50 per cent) kept out of classrooms by the pandemic did not have access to a computer at home. Therefore, such contexts challenge the total shift towards digital and online learning for many children and youth.

Peace, Felicia, Rita and their classmates in CDM Secondary School Lila, one of the schools adopted by KIR Foundation which is located in Lila Village in Julvu, Mubi North Local Government of Adamawa State, North-East Nigeria were among the millions of secondary school children in underserved communities whose learning was affected by Covid -19 because they did not have access to radio, television or internet connectivity to continue learning. Therefore, when KIR Foundation received the Covid-19 Emergency Grant, we decided to bridge the digital divide for girls like Peace, Felicia, Rita, their classmates and their village. We donated four laptops installed with educational software and content which include academic material, fictional and non-fictional books and a projector to teach the students digital skills and to give them access to learning materials that will create opportunities for them in the technology ecosystem.

Lila is a village without electricity, or any government provided amenities. The parents of these children are poor peasant farmers that cannot afford to give their children access to quality education. However, dear donor your generous donation is changing the narrative for these young women and their families by giving them the skills they need to navigate a digital world. 15-year-old Felicia is in Junior Secondary School One and she is excited to be in school and on scholarship because it means she will not be married off like her friend Zion who got married after finishing primary school at the age of 15, because her widowed mother, could not afford to put her in secondary school. Felicia is the 4th of 8 siblings and wants to be a teacher, so that she can help more girls go to school and get educated. She is really excited about acquiring digital skills because it will help her to be a 21st Century teacher.

However, we still need $31,178 to ensure that young ladies like Felicia and her friends can continue their education and follow their dreams. CDM Secondary School Lila still needs desks, educational materials, scholarships for more girls, bookshelves, while CDM Primary School Lainde still needs flooring, windows, desks and educational materials. Kindly consider becoming a recurring donor and donate to our project; https://www.GlobalGiving.org/projects/educate-270-children-in-northern-nigeria/. Please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to give so that we can invest in more young ladies like Felicia who wants to be a teacher, and acquire the digital skills they need to navigate the future of work and learn effectively during this Covid-19 pandemic.

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May 20, 2021

CONNECTING CHILDREN TO THE WORLD THROUGH BOOKS

12 YEAR OLD SEFIYA & HER FIRST PERSONAL STORYBOOK
12 YEAR OLD SEFIYA & HER FIRST PERSONAL STORYBOOK

CONNECTING RURAL CHILDREN TO THE WORLD THROUGH STORYBOOKS

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– Dr. Seuss

Dear Donor, 

In 2017, when Keeping It Real Foundation adopted four schools in the underserved rural communities in Northern Nigeria to educate 270 children, we discovered that none of the children had seen storybooks before and we decided to change that. Since then, we have donated over 500 storybooks to the children. Reading storybooks improves literacy skills, gives children the knowledge to follow their dreams and encourages a love for reading amongst other things.

Thus to commemorate the International Book Giving Day 2021 and our 10th Anniversary, we donated 215 books (77 textbooks and 138 storybooks) to the pupils of CDM Primary School Lainde. Lainde is located on Mubi hills in Mubi North Local Government Area in the interior parts of Adamawa State, cut away from civilization and all forms of social amenities/infrastructure.

 The donation of the books will help the teachers and students because they lack the information and resources they need to support the development of their reading skills and stay engaged and interested in reading books. Furthermore, it will support community-wide reading activities because the school intends to set up a mini-library in the school that will be accessible to everyone in the community.

According to David, the Mobilization and Media Director of our implementing partner; CDM Foundation, “The pupils in the school have very little contact with or exposure to the outside world. The storybooks, in particular, will give them the opportunity to connect with the world beyond their immediate community and improve  their communication skills because some of the children are not fluent in the English Language”

 I2-year-old Sefiya who is in primary six was excited to get her first storybook, ‘The Shortcut’ by Susan Blackaby. Sefiya wants to be a teacher and her first storybook will help Sefiya on her journey to becoming one. Dear donors your investment will put books in the hands of underserved girls like Sefiya and her friends that will give them the knowledge to achieve their dreams.

However, we still need $31,355 to ensure that young girls like Sefiya and her friends continue their education and follow their dreams.  CDM Primary School Lainde still needs flooring, windows, desks and educational materials. Kindly consider becoming a recurring donor and donate to our project; https://www.GlobalGiving.org/projects/educate-270-children-in-northern-nigeria/. Please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues so that we can invest in more children like Sefiya especially in this Covid-19 season to give them a foundation for their future and dreams!

STUDENTS OF LAINDE WITH THE CDM TEAM & TEACHERS
STUDENTS OF LAINDE WITH THE CDM TEAM & TEACHERS
DAVID THE DIRECTOR MOBILIZATION AND MEDIA CDM FDN
DAVID THE DIRECTOR MOBILIZATION AND MEDIA CDM FDN

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Jan 27, 2021

SUCH A JOY TO RECEIVE GOOD NEWS!

SUCH A JOY TO SHARE GOOD NEWS!

Hilary – “I have to study hard; I want to be a medical doctor”.

(Graduated first in his class) Hilary, an orphan, 6th of 10 children in his family, the first to finish primary school.

We extend our congratulations to Hilary, his friend Timothy and their classmates for finishing primary school!

For most of us, primary school education is something we take for granted, but for millions of Nigerian children, like Hilary and Timothy, it is a privilege! Although, primary education is officially free and compulsory in Nigeria, about 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are not in school. Only 61 per cent of 6-11 year-olds regularly attend primary school.

In the north of the country, particularly the north-eastern states like Adamawa State, where Hilary and his friend Timothy live in  Mubi Hills, the picture is even bleaker, with a net attendance rate of 53 per cent. The lack of access to education in northern Nigeria is driven by various factors like economic barriers, socio-cultural norms which has been exacerbated by the Boko Haram insurgency, making it more difficult for children like Hilary and his friends to finish primary school.

Therefore, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and schools had to be shut for more than six months; It seemed like Hilary’s journey to becoming a medical doctor had come to an abrupt end! However, with the support from GlobalGiving and our generous donors; Hilary and his classmates were able to go back to school, write the National Common Entrance Examinations and they are now in secondary school.

Hilary is an orphan, he is 13 years old, the 6th in a family of 10 children and the first to finish primary school. He graduated first in his class and dreams of becoming a medical doctor.  While, 14-year-old Timothy his friend, wants to be a teacher. He is the 3rd in a family of 6 children and the first male child to finish primary school. Education is so important in providing these young boys with a foundation for the future they dream of.

Dear donors your investment have directly helped Hilary and Timothy finish primary school and continue with their dreams. We are so proud. Congratulations!

However, we still need $33,787 to ensure that young boys like Hilary, Timothy and their friends finish primary school and pursue their dreams of becoming!  CDM Primary School Lainde still needs flooring, windows and desks and all the children still need educational materials. Kindly consider becoming a recurring donor and donate to our project; https://www.GlobalGiving.org/projects/educate-270-children-in-northern-nigeria/ and please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues so that we can invest in more children like Hilary and Timothy, especially in this Covid-19 season to give them a foundation for their future and dreams!

 

 

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