The EbonyIda Foundation has worked towards creating opportunities for children, youth and women to have benefits in the realm of education and programs of economic empowerment through our program initiatives. A quality basic education gives children and youth the knowledge and skills they need to face daily life challenges, and take advantage of economic and lifelong learning opportunities. It is also a key driver for reducing poverty, fostering economic growth, achieving gender equality, and social development.
In pursuit of the above objectives we have delivered on the goals by implementing programs geared towards meeting the needs of less privileged kids with school supplies to one hundred and ninety-five (195) less privileged children. The EbonyIda foundation established a skill acquisition center for the youth in Edo state Nigeria. The school supplies which include Uniforms, Shoes and writing materials were provided to less privileged pupils who cannot afford them and a skill acquisition training center where selected youths can acquire fashion design skills.
The School Supply program was for three Public Primary schools within Benin metropolis which were carefully selected from three local government areas (Egor, Ikpoba-Okha and Oredo) to benefit from this gesture.
The schools are:
Olua Primary School, Egor LGA
Ologbosere Primary School, Ikpoba-OkhaLGA
Owegie PrimarySchool, Oredo LGA
MODE OF BENEFICIARY SELECTION
Selection of beneficiaries was done by working with the head of schools (Headmistress/Headmaster) who are acquainted with every pupil and their pre-existing constraints to basic school supplies and confirmed by EbonyIda Foundation project manager. Once the names of the pupils are obtained, EbonyIda foundation’s staff interviewed the selected pupils to ascertain their poverty score and determine if they are best fit for the benefits. Visits were made to selected pupil’s parents in a bid to ascertain poverty level. Setup of the skill acquisition center was done and basic infrastructures needed such as industrial sewing machines were purchased to make it ready for skill acquisition programs to be held next year.
NUMBER OF BENEFICIARY
Sixty (60) pupils each from three (3) selected schools making a total of one hundred and eighty (180) male and female pupils were initially selected to benefit from this program. However due to the high number of less privileged pupils in Olua Primary school, the gesture was extended to one hundred and ninety-five (195) pupils from the three schools.
The project started in January 2021 with preliminary preparation of the foundation office space arrangement/logistics and runs till the end of financial year 2021. Date for events and items presentation to selected pupils was largely affected by the approval letter obtained by public school heads/government bodies (State Universal Basic Education Board-SUBEB). The board approval was obtained in October 2021 and the school supplies program held in the school as follows;
SCHOOL NAMES & DATE OF EVENTS
- OLUA PRIMARY SCHOOL 26th October, 2021
- OLOGBOSERE PRIMARY SCHOOL 24th November, 2021
- OWEGIE PRIMARY SCHOOL 6th December, 2021
BREAKDOWN OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES
There were a total of 75 pupils at OLUA PRIMARY SCHOOL that received help. 24 uniforms @ $30 were given at a total cost of $720. 31 pairs of shoes @ $25 were given at a total cost of $775 and 20 writing material at a total cost of $400.
A total of 60 pupils OLOGBOSERE PRIMARY at SCHOOL received 20 uniforms @ $30 given at a total cost of $600. 20 writing material were given at a total of $400. 20 shoes @ $25 were given at a total of $500.
OWEGIE PRIMARY SCHOOL receivied help for a total of 60 pupils. 20 uniforms @ $30 were given at a total cost of $600. 20 shoes @ $25 were given at a total cost of $500. 20 writing materials were given at a total cost of $400.
The total cost for each category with all three shools came to $1,920 in the uniforms. $1,775 in shoes and $1,200 in writing materiral. Grand total cost for all supplies came up to $4,895.