Project “No Excuses” scholarship scheme is an initiative of the Ovie Brume Foundation with the overall goal of extenuating the underlying factors that limit outstanding marginalized public primary and secondary school children from having access to educational opportunities. The scholarship package is designed to cover the following:
- Healthcare, which is provided via a reputable health insurance company annually;
- Nutritional support in the form of essential food items provided for beneficiaries and their families quarterly;
- Clothing which includes two pairs of school uniforms and four pairs of casual wears bi-annually;
- Educational Resources in the form of books and stationery as required termly;
- Transportation to and from school to support beneficiaries’ continuous stay in school termly.
The expected outcomes from ‘’Project No Excuses’’ are outlined below:
- Improved access to education;
- Improved ability to learn;
- Increased access to standard health services;
- Improved nutritional status;
- Completion of primary and secondary school education.
Socio-demographic Description of beneficiaries
There are currently 20 beneficiaries enrolled in the PNE scholarship scheme and their demography is shown in the graph below. There are 14 female beneficiaries; 7 in Senior Secondary School, 5 in Junior Secondary School and 2 pupils in Primary School while there 6 male beneficiaries; 1 in Primary School, 4 in Junior Secondary School and 1 in Senior Secondary School. The ages of beneficiaries in primary school range from 8 – 12 years while the ages of beneficiaries in secondary school range from 11 – 18years.
Quarter Two 2020 Progress Report
The outbreak of COVID-19 resulted in the closure of schools as part of efforts by the Government to contain the pandemic. This affected the second term examination as pupils and students were not able to write their exams.
Within the period under review, the closure of schools affected the educational and psychosocial progress of the beneficiaries. However, during the lockdown, the Foundation organized online classes and programs for the beneficiaries and provided data for ease of access. The online tutoring session was put in place to keep the beneficiaries engaged academically and continuous learning despite the lockdown. They participated in different online sessions such as Creative Writing, Mathematics, Meet the Professionals to mention a few, which helped in creating competent learning paths for the future.
Beneficiaries were provided with financial support which was utilized in procuring nutritional support for them and their families in April to avert hunger during the lockdown. In June, nutritional support was also provided to beneficiaries and their families to cushion the economic hardship realities in addition to the other palliative support provided by the Foundation.
Hauwa, Blessing, Prisca, and Usman participated in the Foundation’s Children’s Day online Essay themed “What Children’s Day Mean to You”. Their entries were graded outstanding and published across all the Foundation’s social media platforms
- PNE beneficiaries are increasingly having accommodation challenges due to recent urban development activities within the state resulting in the relocation of some beneficiaries.
- Unavailability of smartphones for the beneficiaries to have uninterrupted access to the eLearning tutorial sessions.
- Availability of more resources to support current beneficiaries.
- Additional funding to support more students to benefit from the scheme.