We are excited to bring to you the first report of the pilot phase of our ATP Schools First Aid Care Project that started in the last quarter of 2023. The aim of this project was to empower 1 million Nigerian Students annually with basic knowledge of first aid care for common medical emergencies. We aimed to do this by providing access to online course on what to do for the most common medical emergencies as well as empower the students with customized ATP First Aid Care Tips cards to serve as quick reminder aide. We also provide the schools with larger calendar versions of the same information.
The knowledge of First Aid Care will ensure the students know what to do to prevent deaths in such emergencies at schools and homes. We also believe the families of students will be indirect beneficiaries as students share the First Aid Care messages with their families at home.
We successfully launched the project in October 2023 despite some challenges mostly the bureaucratic process of obtaining permission from the Ministry of Education of some states and the schools. We are however excited with the warm acceptance of the project by the school communities we have visited so far in Nigeria that has been quite encouraging. We are also excited to see the interest in the online version that has over hundred enrolments so far.
In the last three months, we have had the First Aid Care Project Outreach in twenty states in Nigeria reaching 25 secondary schools and thousands of students. We have distributed almost a hundred thousand first aid care booklets and a thousand calendars to the schools visited. The response from the schools visited have been warm with many more schools showing interest as well.
The breakdown of the States and schools visited with short summaries from the respective chapter team lead is detailed below:
Our team of volunteers visited three schools on the 8th November 2023: Mandate Senior Secondary School, Adeta, Ilorin, St. James CAC Senior Secondary School, New Yidi Rd, Ilorin and Bishop's Smith Senior Secondary School, Ilorin where we reached 700, 350 and 650 students respectively in the schools. Abiola David, the Kwara Team lead reported that the students assembled on the Assembly ground and the volunteers shared the first aid tips with the students with practical examples. The first aid care tip booklets were then distributed to the students and the school management were given the first aid care table calendar (5 each). The students had opportunity to test their knowledge of the First Aid Care tips via a short quiz.
ATP Ekiti visited Ado community secondary school and Mary Hill Secondary Schools on the 1st November 2023. The Team Lead, Bukola Raji reported that they reached 3501 students to whom they shared the FAC booklets and calendars after giving a short health talk on the First Aid Care. The team reported that they had a very successful outreach.
ATP Gombe visited Tumfure Government junior secondary school adjacent AYM Shafa filling station Akko L.G.A Gombe State on the 11th November 2023. The Team Lead, Burak Danjuma reported that they reached 534 students. The students were in their classrooms when our team arrived at the school. The reception was cordial. ATP volunteers were paired to each class. The team did a short first Aids talk before sharing the FAC Tips booklets. The students listened attentively and responded appropriately. The students and teachers were very excited and grateful. We distributed 600 FAC booklets and calendars.
Akwa Ibom State
ATP volunteers of Akwa Ibom State Chapter visited Government Secondary Etoi, Uyo LGA on November 9, 2023 for the maiden edition of ATP First Aid Care Schools Project. Team Lead, Mary Umoh reported that we visited with a fully stocked first aid kits including 4000 FAC booklets and 5 FAC calendars. The team did a health talk on basic First aid care emphasising the meaning of First aid and why it is Important. The team then distributed the FAC booklets to all the students in school. The first aid box and calendars were presented to the principal for the staff and students use. In all, one first aid Box, 5 FAC calendars and 3,047 FAC booklets were given to the school. The management appreciated our visit and noted that it was timely and very necessary. An important question that came up was that of many students going to school hungry without breakfast and some students faint in school from the hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia has been addressed in our First Aid Care Tips but perhaps the government may want to address the issue of free school meals.
ATP Ogun visited Methodist High School, Ogbe, Abeokuta, Ogun State on the 22nd November 2023. The team lead, Julianah Ajayi reported that the team met with the Principals of both Junior and Senior Schools first after which the students were assembled in the Assembly Hall. One of the volunteers gave a short introduction of ATP and the coordinator gave a short talk on First Aid Care and its importance. The students were taken through examples of the first aid steps the student can take for some emergencies at home, school, market place etc. At the end of the talk, the students were presented with the booklets and the Principals were given the FAC Calendars. Overall, 850 FAC booklets and 5 calendars were shared to the school.
ATP Kano visited Ahmadiyya College Kwanan Jaba bus stop in Kano on the 1st December 2023. The team gave a short health talk on First Aid Care and distributed 1750 FAC booklets to the students. The team lead, Rabi Abdullahi reported that the students and the teachers fed back that they learnt a lot and pleaded for ATP to come back again soon.
ATP Zamfara visited the Government Girls day Secondary school Samaru Gusau in Zamfara state on the 6th December 2023. The Team Lead, Maimuna Muawiya reported they had a successful outreach and reached more than 1100 students. The outreach was well received by and majority of the students were keenly following along during the outreach with the principal, vice principal and many teachers present. The team shared 1100 FAC booklets and 12 calendars to the students and management of the school.
ATP Oyo visited the Oladipo Alayande School of Science, Oke Bola, Ibadan on the 6th December 2023. The Team Lead, Hamidat Atere-Akeukereke reported that they reached 1500 students. The volunteers educated the students and teachers on the importance of first aid care. They explained the basic interventions for different categories of medical emergencies and allowed students to demonstrate some steps they will take for some emergencies. The team distributed the FAC booklets and calendars to the students and teachers respectively. In addition, a first aid kit was donated to the School.
The ATP Volunteers at Kebbi visited the Government Girls (Comprehensive) Secondary School, Argungu Kebbi State on the 5th December 2023. The Team Lead, Nr Hassan Lawal Argungu reported that the outreach lasted about 1hour and 50minutes in which the team of volunteers sensitized the students and their teachers about the First aid care to render in case of selected emergencies before seeking medical attention or taking the victim to the hospital. The presentation came with demonstration for easy understanding of the students. The outreach was successful without any problem encountered. The team distributed 2030 FAC booklets to the students and 3 FAC calendars to the teachers.
The Anambra volunteers visited Ado Girls' Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra State on the 8th December 2023. Team lead, Njaka Obiamaka Favour reported that they reached 2500 students to whom they shared the FAC booklets and five FAC calendars.
The FCT team visited the GSS NYANYA on the 10th November 2023. The Team Lead, Arit Obitor reported that they reached 500 students to whom they shared 500 FAC booklets and donated five FAC calendars to the school management.
The ATP Bauchi volunteers visited Dangikka Secondary School, Liman Mahmud Street,Bauchi Bauchi on the 21st November 2023. The Team Lead, Fatima Isa reported that they reached 2337 with the FAC booklets and gave 5 FAC calendars to the teachers.
ATP Volunteers in Ondo visited Ijo Mimo Oluwa High School, Ijoka Akure Ondo State on the 17th November 2023. The Team Lead, Olayinka Lucy Cosmas reported that the outreach went well. The team was well received though the turnout was not as expected because students were not fully in school as it was a day after the general strike was called off. The team reached 620 students to whom they shared FAC booklets and calendars.
The ATP Plateau visited Rotnoro Government Day secondary school and Mercy seat international academy in November 2023. The Team Lead, Dorcas Bakari reported that the two outreaches were successful. The last outreach was mind blowing because both teachers and students learn about first aid care. They were happy and even request for more. The team distributed 250 FAC booklets to the students.
ATP Osun State Chapter visited Methodist High School, Ilesa, Osun State on the 14th November 2023. The Team Lead, Christianah Adelodun reported that the volunteers educated the students and teachers about the use of the FAC booklets and calendars as aide memoire on steps to take for common medical emergencies. The team reached 806 students who were all given individual copies of the FAC booklets and calendars were shared with the teachers as well.
ATP Enugu State Chapter visited St Paul's Group of Schools Achara Layout Enugu on the 7th December 2023. The Team Lead Chioma MaryRose Arum reported that the team gave a health talk to the students at the Assembly ground. We educated them on the said First Aid Care treatment of common medical emergencies. The team reached 1500 students to whom they shared the FAC booklets and 5 FAC calendars were given to the school. The school management were happy with the ATP visit and welcomed the team enthusiastically. They expressed their gratitude to the entire ATP foundation globally and to the founder especially.
ATP Abia State visited Ibeku high school, Umuahia, Abia State on the 30th November 2023. The Team lead, Ogechi Ezeh reported that the outreach was a success. The school gave the team a warm welcome and gathered the students during their recession for the short health talk on First Aid care. The team of volunteers then shared 3000 FAC booklets to all the students as well as gave the FAC calendars to the teachers.
ATP Benue visited Gaddi Comprehensive College, Benue on the 21st November 2023. Grace Odeh, Team Lead reported that they reached 138 students with the FAC booklets and calendars.
ATP Adamawa team visited Government Day Secondary school Old GRA Jimeta on the 21st November 2023. The Team lead, Samira Dahiru Aliyu reported that they reached 1200 students with the FAC booklets and gave the FAC calendars to the staff.
Cross River State
ATP Cross River State visited two schools – Government Secondary School, Barracks Road Calabar and Estate Secondary School, Ikot Ansa, Calabar in November 2023. The team did a health talk, shared the FAC booklets to the students, and donated the FAC calendars to the staff as well.
Overall, despite the initial bottleneck of bureaucracy and logistics in getting the materials to the various locations, we are happy the project has started and the reception has been wonderful. Our vision is to get to all the secondary schools in Nigeria. We have spent over 7 million naira producing the materials and sharing them to the schools and we still have a long way to go. We will appreciate the support of everyone including the ministries of education in all the states as well as generous donations and partnerships to achieve this vision over the next five years. We will keep you all updated and faithfully account for all the donations received.
Donation of first aid box Akwa Ibom
Teachers with the FAC calendar at EKITI
Students proudly display FAC booklet
Team and Students
ATP Oyo set with their materials
FAC booklet close-up