Education is a human right and is central to achieving many other sustainable development outcomes. 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, and achieving gender equality, and social development.
Education helps people become better citizens, get better-paid jobs, and shows the difference between good and bad. Education shows us the importance of hard work and, at the same time, helps us grow and develop. Thus, we are able to shape a better society to live in by knowing and respecting rights, laws, and regulations
These benefits are even greater when support for education is targeted toward the less privileged and vulnerable children in society. Investigation reveals that a high number of school dropouts is caused by children’s lack of access to basic school supplies to aid in their educational learning process. It is based on these reasons that EbonyIda Foundation plans to sponsor school supplies to 210 (Two Hundred and Ten) less privileged children and provide vocational skills to 20 vulnerable youths in Edo state Nigeria. The school supplies which include Books, uniforms, and writing materials are to be provided to less privileged pupils who cannot afford them.
Seven Public primary schools within Edo state are carefully selected to benefit from this gesture. The schools are;
- Ogbeibuya Primary School-Trade fair
- Payne Primary School-Edokpolor Road
- Olua Primary School- Uselu share
- Payne Primary school, Evbuoneka
- Urora Primary School, Urora
- Oregbeni Primary School, Ikpobahill
- Emokpae Primary School, Mission road
MODE OF BENEFICIARY SELECTION
Selection of beneficiaries will be done by working with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) of the state putting into consideration the three (3) Senatorial districts of Edo state, heads of school (Head Mistress/Head Master) who know every pupil and their pre-existing limitations to basic school supplies. Once the names of the pupils are gotten, EbonyIda foundation’s staff will conduct interviews with the selected pupils to ascertain their poverty scores and determine the candidates best fit for the benefits. Visit to be made to selected pupils’ parents in a bid to ascertain poverty level.
NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES
Thirty (30) pupils each from Seven (7) selected schools making a total of two hundred and ten (210) pupils to benefit from the EbonyIda Foundation School Supplies program. The two hundred and ten pupils shall be selected from both genders equally among the seven selected schools. While 20 youths’ male and female will be carefully selected from the three local government areas within the Benin metropolis to benefit from the skill acquisition program.
The project starts in August 2022 with preliminary preparations and logistics and ends in December 2022. The date for items presentation to selected pupils will be decided in agreement with the school heads within the project timeline and in line with the Edo State Basic Education 1st term calendar for 2022.
EbonyIda foundation is working in collaboration with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) helping with personnel to do the presentation of the school supplies to the selected pupils. Making sure that only the less privileged pupils are the recipients of the school supplies. Names of the Delegated Personnel are as follows;
- Esther Ogunode-(Functioning Director Social Mobilization Department) 07030204641
- Temitope Akinlehin- (School Based Management Committee Desk Officer) 08072460256
- Adanene Joy-(School Based Management Committee Support Staff) 07037114156
The 2022 school supplies project shall be sponsored by the Founder, well-meaning individuals/Organisations, and Fundraising firms who resonate with the program initiative in creating a better future for kids in Edo State.