Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls

by Inwelle Study and Resource Centre
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Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
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Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Maid Strong: Stop Trafficking of Adolescent Girls
Inwelle Academy Child Having Fun at an Outing
Inwelle Academy Child Having Fun at an Outing
  1. We continued to give after school tutoring. (See Photos)
  2. The Inwelle International Academy of Excellence Progress So far

 Started in September 2021, Inwelle International Academy of Excellence (IIAE) made Six-Year Plan that is a clear, concise blueprint encompassing short- and long-term goals aligned with a development for exemplary academic standards and assessment, professional education, teacher induction and development, special education, educational technology, and student services. The Plan will guide our continuous improvement efforts to identify future goals and improve educational opportunities and achievement for our underserved students in a neglected community.

 In order to realize this aim of the Academy, we constantly ask for support from public spirited individuals to enable us pay teacher salaries. The students are from indigent families and cannot afford a decent education while we, at the academy, are bent on giving quality education to level the education field for these children. The pictures accompanying this report shows some of the activities we have carried out since our last report

 2022 Academic and Skills Acquisition Boot Camp: July 20 to August 20

 After a break in its annual Boot Camp activities due to COVID-19 pandemic, Inwelle Study and Resource Centre held its annual Boot Camp in July. Exciting projects were lined up. This year, the Boot Camp gave a greater part of its activities to teaching participants such higher computer skills as software installation, web design, and other high-level Information Technology skills that will leverage the participants to secure employment or become self-employed. Also, Inwelle Centre gave intensive education for Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to enable them join in Changing the World by applying technology to global challenges. Participants needed to be sponsored. Our friends and family and the Centre Executive rose up to it. 23 girls and 2 boys were sponsored to participate. The cost of sponsoring a participant was N60,000.00 or $100.00. A few scholarships were made available to those who demonstrated need, all of whom are the Inwelle International Academy of Excellent students. To be eligible for scholarship, such participants had to show that they made serious efforts to secure sponsorship but failed. The executive director sponsored three of these participants. While a new board of trustees member sponsored four of them.

  Specifications for the Boot Camp were

.  Participants must be

·       taking SS3/School Cert/JAMB Exams for the 2009-2010 year.

·       aged 17 –23

·        excelling in at least 1 academic subject

·       willing to commit to the entire month

·       willing to trade talent in academic subjects.

·       must attend the December symposium to complete the programme

 

Below is summary of the various Boot Camp teachers’ reports made by the Boot Camp Programme Manager

The 2022 boot camp exercise was every bit as engaging as it was intended. From the living arrangement, to the academics and skill acquisition. All these areas had positive impact on the lives of the participants. From the very first day when we started receiving participants from different states, the camping experience began and each person both participants and facilitators began to adjust to the order of the day. By the closing ceremony on the 26th of August, different participants had learnt something new about living with people of different backgrounds.

The academic structure of the boot camp being STEM subjects meant that participants got a chance to advance in these subjects and because we have participants from different discipline, some testified to having a different outlook to certain subjects and other were grateful to add new subjects to their collection on knowledge.

Furthermore, the addition of skills to the educational mix also increased what participants were equipped with. For an individual to have practical skills that they can directly exchange for income was so exciting that participation was high with everyone looking to gain as much as was on the table. Also exercises on environmental sanitation and other chores were conducted giving the participants even more than they expected and we had teachers and facilitators participate as well, so it was very engaging.

In conclusion, the 2022 Inwelle Study and Resource Centre Academic and Skill Acquisition Boot camp was a complete success with set goals achieved and boot campers’ lives improved after their participation. It is my recommendation that subsequent boot camps would build on the path created by this year’s activity to solidify our participants and give them more courage to practice and build on the knowledge that they have gained.

 

Below are summaries of some subjects taught

A. Information and communication Technology

 ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

 Introduction to Photoshop

  • Create black and white pictures
  • Make use of history panel
  • Create a collage
  • Making use of discover panel and find hotkeys.
  • Photoshop interface
  • Create new project in many different ways
  • How to save projects on Photoshop in different format
  • Explain what layer is and how to use them
  • Select and move layers and arrange images
  • Fast alignment
  • Customize the layer panels, identify layers, find solution to layer dexterity
  • Use blending modes, lock layers
  • Use of camera raw
  • Saving in could vs. save locally.

 LEARNING OUTCOME:

 The students created new project and imported pictures for the purpose of learning. They individually worked on projects

  • Applied the basic design principles, picking shapes and lines to make a design.
  • They were able to select colors and fonts types to fix designs.
  • They made use of layers and imported more images to make a collage
  • The student were able to save project in different formats and where able to go back to their pervious to edit them.
  • They turned pictures to black and white, applying some design skills to the picture, changing the picture contrast, resizing the picture, zooming in and out to make good positing for proper design and alignment

 MICROSOFT WORD

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: 

  • How to locate the Microsoft word on a window 7 computer, windows 8.1 and windows 10 machine
  • Learning how to start a new project on Microsoft word.
  • Explore the ribbons on the home panel, such as change fonts style, change font size, font color, font
  • Create documents from scratch, or a template
  • Add text, images, art.
  • Create and format your documents.
  • Adding text between texts.
  • Replacing text.
  • Insert tables.
  • Save and print documents.

 LEARNING OUTCOME: 

  • At the end of the learning phase the student did some projects and assessment, the project helped to test their general knowledge on Microsoft word.
  • They created a new document on Microsoft and write text
  • The students were able to add color to text, increase text fonts, font style etc.
  • The student placed cursor in-between text to add new text.
  • Select the text they want to replace and double click on it, and start typing, to replace text.
  • While formatting text, they could select the text they want to format, select an option to change the font, font size color or make the text bold, italics, or underline.
  • Practicing of copy formatting by selecting the text with the formatting you want to copy, click format paint and then select the text you want to copy the formatting to.
  • When saving printing of documents, they go to file > save as (or save a copy) select the file location and input the document name.

 MICROSOFT EXCEL

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: 

  • Create a new workbook on Microsoft excel. A workbook is a file that contains one or more worksheets to help you organize date.
  • Insert or delete a column.
  • Insert or delete a row.
  • Available number of formats in Excel.
  • Excel formula.
  • Summing up columns and rows.
  • Calculating the lowest and highest values of specific columns or row.
  • Adding colors to the background of a cell.
  • Setting borders to a selected cells.
  • Assignment.
  • Text.

LEARNING OUTCOME: 

  • We learnt how to open a new, blank workbook, by clicking the file tab and click new and next under the available templates double click blank workbook. Student did same by using keyboard shortcut to quickly create a new, blank workbook, by also press CTRL + n
  • Alternatively, right-click the top of the column, and then select Insert or Delete. 
  • Select any cell within the row, then go to Home > Insert > Insert Sheet Rows or Delete Sheet Rows.
  • Alternatively , right-click the top of the column, and then select insert or delete
  • They could select a cell or a cell range, on the home tab, select Number form the drop-down or they could choose one of the three options (1) press CTRL +1 and select the Number , (2)Right-click the cell or cell range, select format cell and select Number (3) Select the small arrow, dialog box launcher, and then select Number
  • They did some class work and hands on project, the project were reviewed.

 TYPING SKILLS

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

The objective of this class is as follows

  • The students will learn a good sitting position while using the computer system for long.
  • Students learn the home keys and how to place their hands rightly on the keyboard
  • The students learns the home key A S D F J K L ;
  • Placing their fingers on the keyboard and not looking at the keyboard

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • The students did series of typing practices using the rapid typing application
  • At the end of the typing practices the students were able to identify the home keys
  • The boot campers could type letters form A S D F J K L ; Y U T R C V B N comfortably without looking at the keyboard.
  • We had good understanding of the right sitting position when using the laptop or desktop
  • Test and assignment

 SETTING UP A DESKTOP COMPUTER

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: 

  • At the end of the classes the students should be able to set up the desktop computer
  • Know the meaning and functions of the cables

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • At the end of the class the students come set up a desktop computer from the scratch with the necessary tools and cables
  • They could state the difference between the SVG cable and the POWER cable
  • identify the right spot for connecting the mouse and keyboard
  • placing the cable and computer peripheries
  • test and assignment

 Section 2 of Information Technology Class

This section was for students who have fair background on computer appreciation and showed interest in web development and web design.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: web design with figma

  • students should know the use of figma
  • how to set up an account on figma
  • creating web pages wireframe
  • lo-fi models
  • hi-fi designs
  • practical examples

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • Students took notes on the fundamentals of figma
  • The students designed low fidelity mockups
  • Students turned the design to high fidelity models.

Conclusion from the Teacher

The boot camp was an awesome experience. The students had a sound learning exercise; the classes were more of practical. In the information and communication technology classes, we were able to cover a lot of courses but some courses were not well dealt with due to the short period of time provided. We hope that the Boot Camp will last more than one month next time to allow us to cover greater grounds.

B. MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS CLASSES

SUBJECT: MATHEMATICS

TOPIC: ALGEBRAIC SIMPLIFICATION OBJECTIVE:

  • Write expressions and equations to represent real-world situation
  • Evaluate expressions for a given values of variable
  • Use properties of operations to write equivalent expressions
  • Solve one step equations
  • Check the solutions of an equation

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • The boot camper uses algebraic expressions and equations to represent rule of thumb involving measurements.
  • They use properties of operations and the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentage to write equivalent expressions.
  • They solve equations that involve finding 10 percent of a number.
  • They see that finding 10 percent of the number is the same as finding 0.1 of the number or finding 1/10 of the number.

SUBJECT: PHYSICS

TOPIC:INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS OBJECTIVE:

  • To provide them with a broad understanding of the universe
  • To help them develop critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills
  • To empower them to think creatively and critically about scientific problems.

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • They mastered a broad set of knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic area in physics (quantum, mechanics and thermodynamics)
  • They understand the physical principles required to analyze a physical question or topic including those previously not seen and both physical quantitative and quantitative insights.

SUBJECT: PHYSICS

TOPIC: UNITS AND MEASUREMENTS OBJECTIVE:

  • To tell how many significant digits a measurement contains.
  • Make calculations with the correct number of significant digits.
  • To name the s.i unit of length, time and mass.
  • Able to state, in general, how the s.i units for length, time and mass are defined. To know s.i prefixes

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • They can tell the number of significant digits a measurement contains.
  • They are able to calculate with the correct number of significant digits.
  • They can name the s.i unit of length, time and mass.
  • They can define units length, time and mass.
  • They now know the prefixes of s.i units.

SUBJECT: MATHEMATICS

TOPIC: INDICES NUMBER OF OBJECTIVE:

  • To estimate the answer to a question involving indices To multiply terms in the same base.
  • To divide terms with the same base.

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • They can now estimate the answer to a question involving indices.
  • They can multiply terms with the same base.
  • They can divide terms with the same base.

SUBJECT: MATHEMATICS

TOPIC: SOLUTION TO SIMULTANEOUS EQUATION OBJECTIVE:

  • To solve simultaneous equations using the elimination method.

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • They can identify simultaneous equations.
  • They can solve simultaneous equations using elimination methods.

SUBJECT: PHYSICS

TOPIC: DIMENSION NUMBER OF OBJECTIVE:

  • To find the dimension of fundamental and derived units

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • They understand fundamental and derived units
  • They can conveniently find the dimensions for fundamentals and derived units.
  • They can take readings from vernier calipers.

SUBJECT: MATHEMATICS

TOPIC: SOLUTION TO SIMULTANEOUS EQUATION (continuation) LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

  • To solve simultaneous equations using the substitution method.

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • They can solve simultaneous equations using substitution methods.
  • They can solve simultaneous equations graphically.

SUBJECT: MATHEMATICS

TOPIC: MATRICES AND DETERMINANTS LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

  • To find determinants of a matrix.
  • To find the adjoint of a matrix.
  • To find the inverse of a matrix
  • To use matrices to solve simultaneous equations.

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • They can find the determinants of matrices.
  • They can find the adjoint of matrices
  • They can find the inverse of matrices
  • They can use matrices to find solutions to simultaneous equations.

SUBJECT: PHYSICS

TOPIC: ELASTICITY NUMBER OF LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

  • To understand Hooke’s Law.
  • To state Young’s Modulus

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • They take readings from a micrometer screw gauge.
  • They can state Hooke’s Law and use it to solve elasticity problems.
  • They can solve problems involving stress, strain and young’s modulus

SUBJECT: PHYSICS and MATHEMATICS LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

To solve and explain topics that is giving them issues in both physics and mathematics

Conclusion from the teacher

We were able to touch on all topics that are giving them issues. Conclusively, the boot camp was an awe-inspiring know-how for the participant as expected. The opening ceremony was the very significant activity. Aside from the welcoming of the participant, all the aforementioned topics in both Physics and Mathematics were precisely taught, and all the boot camper participated and learnt new things in both subjects. The closing ceremony was held on the 26th of August, 2022 and the participants all testified on this occasion that the boot camp is a life changing experience. They all wrote letters to their respective sponsors to thank those (Sponsors) for giving them the opportunity to attend the wonderful Boot Camp activities.

 

C. CHEMISTRY CLASSES

SUBJECT: CHEMISTRY

TOPIC: MEANING/DEFINITION OF CHEMISTRY

LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

  • Meaning/definition of chemistry
  • Branches of chemistry
  • Other various branches of chemistry

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • The boot camper were able to define the meaning of chemistry
  • They knew the branches of chemistry
  • And also other various branches of chemistry
  • They found out that without chemistry the field of chemistry will be in jeopardy.

                       

SUBJECT: CHEMISTRTY

TOPIC: CHEMICAL EQUATION

LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

  • To empower them to think and reason very well in solving various equations.
  • To help them to know how to balance equations.

 LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • They were able to know the types of chemical equations
  • And was good in pronouncing the various chemical equations and their formulas.
  • They also learnt how to name some compounds.

 SUBJECT: CHEMISTRY

TOPIC: ACIDS,BASE,AND SALT

LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

  • They were able to know the classes of acids, base and salt
  • They understand the various chemical and physical properties of acids, base and salt.

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • They were able to identify the indicator
  • They identify the colors
  • They identify the precipitates
  • They were able to identify the soluble and insoluble salts.

 SUBJECT: CHEMISTRY

TOPIC: FIRST TWENTY(20) ELEMENTS

LARNING OBJECTIVE:

  • They were able to study all the first twenty(20) elements
  • They learn their symbols and s.i units

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • They have mastered all the twenty(20) elements
  • They can calculate the number of the protons
  • They can calculate the number of electrons.

 SUBJECT: CHEMISTRY

LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

To solve and explain topics that is giving them issues in chemistry.

LEARNING OUTCOME:

  • We were able to touch all the topics that were giving them issues.

Conclusion from the Teacher

The 2022 academic and skill acquisition boot camp was a very interesting and lucrative programme that every youth should benefit from immensely, and I am very grateful to have participated as one of the teachers. During the programme, I found out that the participants were eager to learn; therefore, I put in my best to make sure that they achieved a lot in areas like chemical reactions, the periodic table and naming of compounds which is important and will help them greatly in future.

 Also, I learnt many things from the participants during the classroom interaction, most especially when pronouncing the names of the chemicals like tetraoxosulphate (IV), Ammonium hydroxide and more. They put all their efforts to learn, notwithstanding that most of the participants were from non-science disciplines. I was able to impart as much as possible.

 I am so grateful to the chief organizer and all the people that helped to make the Boot Camp happen for giving me the opportunity to be among the teachers in this year's boot camp.

Inwelle Academy Students at an Outing
Inwelle Academy Students at an Outing
Inwelle Academy and Boot Camp Activities
Inwelle Academy and Boot Camp Activities

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Inwelle Centre Girls at Solid FM Radio Station
Inwelle Centre Girls at Solid FM Radio Station

As we wrote in our last report, we have continued to raise the performances of our underserved participants who were cosigned to third rate education to a level in which they can now compete favourable with their rich peers who have the privilege of attending push private schools. We have continued to focus immensely on STEM education. We have continued our after school tutoring. The students are also waxing strong in the area of computer skills. Some of our students have been able to service as well as repair some of our computers.

 In order to enhance the knowledge of the students beyond the four walls of the classroom while they are having fun as well, the Centre provide them an enriching experience taking them on excursions to Solid FM radio broadcasting station at Enugu and the Enugu Museum. On 23rd March, 2022, the teachers and students of Inwelle International Academy of Excellence visited the solid 100.9 FM Radio Station. The students were taught

  • how to spell words with sign language
  • the role of a radio station, its various departments and equipment that the radio station uses in broadcasting
  • how to present live on the radio

 The next major item in our agenda is our 2022 Academic and Skills Acquisition Maid Strong Boot Camp: July 20 to August 20. After a break in Boot Camp activities due to COVID-19 pandemic, Inwelle Centre will have its Boot Camp in July. Exciting projects are lined up. This year, the Boot Camp will give a greater part of its activities to teaching participants such higher computer skills as software installation, web design, and other high-level Information Technology skills that will leverage the participants to secure employment or become self-employed. Also, Inwelle Centre will be involved in intensive education for Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to enable them join in Changing the World by applying technology to global challenges. This will cost $100.00 per participant.

 We called for sponsors for the participants. Fifteen sponsors answered our call and donated to our Boot Camp. Some of them donated through the local currency into our Nigerian Naira bank account. Some donated through GlobalGiving. We hope that GlobalGiving will help us in disbursing that money before the Boot camp start in July and in helping bridge the gap for us. We still need five sponsors.

 Specifications for the Boot Camp are

  • Participants must be
  • taking SS3/School Cert/JAMB Exams for the 2009-2010 year.
  • aged 17 –23
  • excelling in at least 1 academic subject
  • willing to commit to the entire month
  • willing to trade talent in academic subjects.
  • must attend the December symposium to complete the programme

 

We hold a symposium in December (last Thursday before Christmas usually) to close the project year. Partnering communities are expected to bring all the youths trained in the year to attend this symposium as the youths receive certificates during this symposium. Also, we require resource people to come from each community to deliver a paper at the symposium. For 2022, our symposium topic is still on girls fostering peace through STEM, information technology, and making Maids Strong.

Boot Camp Announcement Flyer
Boot Camp Announcement Flyer
A Student Live on Radio
A Student Live on Radio
After School Tutoring
After School Tutoring
After School Tutoring 2
After School Tutoring 2
Visit to the Museum
Visit to the Museum
A Quiz Session on Children's Day
A Quiz Session on Children's Day

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Students in the Physics class
Students in the Physics class

Our Centre is located in an underserved area in the sense that the children receive third rate education and most graduate from high school almost illiterate. The result is that the girls in the area spend years trying to pass the high school certificate exam and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board exam designed for entry into the university. They also have no skills. Therefore, they just roam the area jobless and vulnerable to trafficking or being recruited into the baby factory nefarious industry in which girls are paid to become pregnant, have a baby and sell to the industry. This is the syndrome we have been trying to check in our Maid Strong project.

First, we have been training the girls in various marketable skills. However, the serious handicap for those who became pregnant without finishing school or getting married is finding a place to leave their children while they are working to earn a living. Hence, in September 2021, we started a school that carters for creche, kindergarten, primary, and secondary schools. We charge minimal tuition while we engage top notch teachers at salary above that paid by other schools which give inadequate education because they focus on profit.

However, making sure we give quality education to our participants comes with a high cost: we are in constant struggle to make payroll. We need serious financial help. We have incredible teachers who adopt the tenet of friendly school where students are made to feel that their classrooms are a place to feel free, happy, and cared for. Our mantra is that since we do not know the conditions of the students’ homes, we must provide an ideal home away from home for all the students.

 

Since September 27, 2021 that the school started, we have been able to raise the performances of the senior secondary student from below 60% to 70% in chemistry, mathematics and physics, English Biology and many other subjects and we believe that before the end of academic year their performances would have been increased to above 90 percent in each of the subjects.

Our school motto is “Eye to the Future.” Our school Slogan is “Only the best is Good Enough.” As computer knowledge is the vehicle of success in this century and probably in the future centuries, in the secondary section, we pay serious attention to computer skills-- teaching students between age 14-17 basics of programming with the help of code combat. Code combat is a coding game for kids that teach Python and JavaScript coding using text-based programming. Kids get to play through different levels of an RPG (role-playing game) and, along the way, they will learn to code in Python and JavaScript. Courses.

We also teach Artificial intelligence and embedded system: teaching the basics of artificial intelligence and embedded systems using an Arduino IDE and Arduino microcontroller and teaching how to draw and troubleshoot electrical circuits using proteus.

 

In the primary section, we make sure the students and the teachers acquire modern and useable knowledge of computer. So far, we are sure that every child in the primary section can

  • Identify the parts of a computer and its functions
  • Use a computer (know computer safety and computer maintenance)
  • Set up a desktop computer (from connection of power cables to connection of optical cables, mouse and keyboard)
  • Identify a keyboard (hardware and screen keyboard ) and state the functions of the keys on the keyboard
  • Type effectively, this keys (a, s, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, ;, t, u, v, n,) without looking at the keyboard
  • Properly shut down of a laptop, knowing when to sleep a laptop and when to hibernate it.
  • Check up for information on the internet, download pictures etc.
  • Copy and paste files on the desktop screen.
  • Eject files properly from the computer
  • Read the instruction on the computer screen, understand the pop up instruction before clicking ( cancel or OK )
  • Different the various types of files extensions ( exe, pdf, jpg, png etc)
  • Create folders on the laptop

We do not stop here; we make sure that the students have something new to teach their parents and guardians every day they are back from school!

 As our practice has been since 2008, we not only impart academic knowledge, we broaden the horizon of our students and their caregivers through symposium. In January 2022, we held a symposium on the theme of “Changing mindset: Changing Lives.” We had three terrific presenters. A  seasoned educator presented on “The Human Mind: The Fountain of All Possibilities. A strong motivator and public speaker who has a huge following on the social media, presented on “Mindset: The Key to Unlocking Potentials. An alumnus of Inwelle Centre Skills and academic training 2017, who is now a student Human Rights activist, presented on a very live and burning topic in the Nigerian milieu, “Is School Really a Scam?” See photos.

In January also, we had a skill training for young girls to learn how to make smoothie and start their own smoothie business.

Students in Chemistry Class
Students in Chemistry Class
Students in the primary class
Students in the primary class
Students in the nursery class
Students in the nursery class
Children in Creche
Children in Creche
Girls in the Smoothie business training
Girls in the Smoothie business training
Symposium group picture
Symposium group picture
Symposium Picture
Symposium Picture
Students in the computer classroom
Students in the computer classroom
A Girl learning Coding
A Girl learning Coding
Students Entertaining at the Symposium
Students Entertaining at the Symposium

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Tutoring Children at Ogidi Centre
Tutoring Children at Ogidi Centre

The Work We Did

At all our centres, after school tutoring is on-going Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Satellite Centres are keeping it real with tutoring school children.

 

We keep on keeping it real at Inwelle Centre as we promote economic empowerment.August 7, 2021: It was the turn of our Inwelle Centre Enugu participants to be trained on skills to enable them increase their source of income. The training of Women at Inwelle Centre Amorji Nike Enugu went well. They made bar soap, disinfectant, and the bleach during the two-day project.

 

Economic Empowerment of Women and Young Girls Through Skills Acquisition

 

Our ongoing skill acquisition programme is to teach women (especially mother's) on how to produce household cleaning products with the aim of reducing high poverty rate among women in our community How? When they acquire the knowledge of producing disinfectant, liquid soap, bar soap and bleach, they can be self-employed and also save money used in buying those products at the market. For example a liter of hypo bleach in the market is N800 whereas N900 can be used to produce 10 litres of bleach. Also the aim is to control the spread of germs, bacteria, found at homes, schools, markets etc and reduction of diseases and infections that are common in women and children.

 

Just like at the training at Ogidi Satellite Centre, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State, the participants at Amorji Nike Centre, Enugu East Local Government Area, Enugu State, were educated on the need for safety wears and measure, when dealing with caustic soda and other harmful chemicals. We made sure that they understood the seriousness of adequate protection while handling chemicals. They were shown the picture of result of careless handling of the chemicals for production and were also shown some safety wears, such as nose guards, hand gloves, lab coat etc.

They were taught how to produce disinfectant, which is important for use because it prevents skin diseases and kills germs when used for bathing and cleaning surfaces and floors.

Our next training will be for Women and young girls at Inwelle Satellite Centre, Ozalla Ezimo, Udenu Local Government Area, Enugu State.

 

September:

 Inwelle International Academy of Excellence opened on Monday, September 27, 2021. It is not a full house yet, but we are making progress. We are teaching classes from Kindergarten to Junior Secondary level. We are teaching all the academic subjects as well as skills acquisition. The idea is to give the young people in our school the skills earn money as they go to school. This way, they take care of their personal need.

 Inwelle International Academy of Excellence is keeping it real with not only classroom teaching but also making sure that both the teachers and the students are computer literate.

Children Engaged in After School Learning
Children Engaged in After School Learning
Inwelle Academy Students Using the Library
Inwelle Academy Students Using the Library
Teachers and Students Acquiring Computer Skills
Teachers and Students Acquiring Computer Skills
Familiarizing Children  with the Computer
Familiarizing Children with the Computer
Economic Empowerment Class at Enugu
Economic Empowerment Class at Enugu
The Academy Flyer
The Academy Flyer

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Restored Solar operated Water source
Restored Solar operated Water source

May to July 2021:

 

Summary

Inwelle Centre Maid Strong Project continues to wax stronger and stronger in spite of lack of funds.

Since May 2021, we have

  • tutored  indigent girls in Mathematics, Sciences, and Computer literacy;
  • assisted our Miad Strong teenage single mothers in acquiring marketable skills and returning to school, taking  school exams that have the potential to raise  their monthly earning from $30.00 to $100.00;
  • worked diligently to change mindsets of under-aged single mothers from becoming baby factories and rehabilitating and uniting them with their families;
  • continued to provide health care information, face masks, school materials, and access to clean water to help in hygiene and sanitation;
  • started the process of registering an academy for the indigent; and
  • started a women’s progressing project to build the capacity of rural women to keep their young daughters at home, instead of trafficking them to the city centers where they are sexually exploited and where they face untold sexual and physical violence.

 

Access to Clean Water

We reported last quarter that our water pump sumo was vandalized and stolen. Being very much aware that combating the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates that people wash hands more frequently than before and that water supply is absolutely necessary, we made making our bore hole functionable again. We were able to replace our solar sumo pump through tasking ourselves to provide the N450,000.00 required to buy a new pump. We now have water. The village has water as well. The photos below show the new installations

 

Tutoring:

We continued to tutor young people, especially young girls at our satellite centres. See photos.

As we continue to tutor indigent girls, we continue to see the need for providing quality education that will level the field for these girls and curb the system that makes them graduate almost illiterates. Our biggest achievement this quarter is setting the establishing of Inwelle Centre International Academy for Girls in Motion. See our logo.

 

Fortifying the women to empower the Maid Strong Girls

We started by teaching our adult education women  rudimentary things – adult education and healthcare information. We have been teaching them arithmetic—addition, subtraction, multiplication-- to make them literate, we taught them how to write simple sentences, their names, for even though they can speak pidgin English, some of them have never written much. We also taught them the rudiments of event hosting/catering. We have taught them how to make bar and liquid soap, disinfectant, and bleach. The make these in small scale and sell to their neighbours.  Presently, our strategy is to scale up their skill level and guide them to form a formidable team, capable of becoming a moving force in the economic life of the community and other communities bothering the town. Hence we are guiding them to start a cooperative.

Activities:

  1. Twenty-five women comprising widows, single mothers, and survivors of violence against women are being organized and trained to start and register a cooperative, form a leadership structure, open an account, market their products and pay themselves salaries.
  2. By August ending, they will be trained in serious skills that will enable them generate income.
  3. We have hired a business expert to teach the women the skills needed to market, distribute, keep proper accounting method and advertise their product.
  4. Ten of the women will learn how to make soap, disinfectant, bleach, sanitizer and other products needed to keep good hygiene and to combat such pandemic as; Ten women will learn bakery, event hosting and event decoration; while Five women will learn the administrative, marketing, and account keeping for the cooperative. Once the cooperative starts running, the women will teach each other their area of capacity. In the end, all the women will know how to function in each of the areas.
  5. We will Purchase equipment for baking, event hosting, and event decoration.
Restored Sumo pump encased in concrete
Restored Sumo pump encased in concrete
Tutoring at the centre
Tutoring at the centre
Tutoring at the Centre
Tutoring at the Centre
The proposed school logo
The proposed school logo
Catch-them-Young Computer Training
Catch-them-Young Computer Training
Computer Skills Training Ozalla Ezimo
Computer Skills Training Ozalla Ezimo
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Inwelle Study and Resource Centre

Location: Amorji Nike, Enugu - Nigeria
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Twitter: @inwelle centre
Project Leader:
Christiana Okechukwu
Amorji Nike, Enugu, Nigeria
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