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