Back To School Campaign
Nigeria Shika,Giwa local government area, Kaduna State.
Number of people taking this action: 250 or more
Shika, Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna state is a settlement were children ages 5-18 were estimated at over twenty thousand. From this only a little having access and enrolled in western education. In a recent survey conducted by Diamond Charity Foundation, only two in ten children (20%) are enrolled for primary education, less than two thousand people (10%) completed secondary education and less that 4% have or pursuing different courses at tertiary institutions.
In Kaduna state, primary school enrollment has increased in recent years, especially the introduction of feeding program among others being implemented jointly by state and federal government. The out of school children in Shika community a substantial percentage of the estimated over 10.5 million out of school children in Nigeria (the world highest number). The estimates shows that 60% of those children domiciled within the 19states of northern Nigeria (where I come from) are out of school.
School dropout children normally been enrolled in the school by their parents, but withdrawn or failed to complete the six years period. This is attributed to withdrawing them at different levels to join either informal Islamic (Qur’anic schools) outside the domain, farming and other parental trades, failure of the parents to meet up with the school requirements (uniform, breakfast, textbooks, stationery, etc), etc. It has been established that mostly, the children are withdrawn from the school when they attained 13-18years.
Girls’ child suffered most in this category, about 60 percent of out of school children were estimated and established to be girls, usually withdrawn for marriage purposes and family trade. Traditional belief of a girl to surpass their husbands when enjoyed western education, the girls to be wayward, loosing cultural and religious values still perceived by the parents of this dropout children. Children enrollment in primary and secondary school is improving at a slow face. The situation is alarming in the highly remote areas (villages) as it keeps deteriorating and is causing damages to their future and Nigeria’s plan in achieving a qualitative education in the near future.
The Nigerian education sector has been facing a lot of problems such as; lack of quality teachers, inadequate infrastructure and effective supervision. It’s not rear to see a case of 150 pupils to one teacher in a dilapidated classroom with poor or no illustrating materials for learning. Politicizing education policies and administration, where teachers are recruited based on their involvement in political campaign and thugery without possessing a minimum qualifications, experience and passion for teaching has seriously affected the quality education at Shika and Nigeria at large. Inadequate provision of infrastructure (buildings, instructional materials, motivating staff conditions of service, etc) has also, affected the quality of education.
The Kaduna State Government initiative and programmes towards salvaging the situation and providing solace to the identified challenges include among others:
The education especially primary and secondary in Kaduna state today is free,
Uniform are being provided (sewn) for the pupils,
Renovation and expansion of classrooms, laboratories, toilets, offices, libraries are in progress all over the state,
Recruitment of qualified teachers with passion in the profession are ongoing,
Pupils are being provided with breakfast in the school,
School supervision is intensified, etc.
These efforts being made motivated us more at Diamond Charity Foundation to continue compliment the gesture by embark on a sensitization project to convince the parents and the school dropout children to go back to school. We tagged the project as “Back to School Campaign”. Achieving this objective will assist the community to improve the school enrollment data, which will in turn increase the number of literates in the community.
We are willing to a address the problem through:
Diamond Charity Foundation is committed to reducing the 10.5 million out of school children in Nigeria especially girls with specific reference to Giwa local government area, Kaduna state as a pilot scheme, hoping to be extended on successful implementation and evaluation. We adopted three (3) innovative and sustainable strategies coded “Enrollment, Prevention, and Re-Enrollment Strategies” (EPR).
Enrollment PhaseChildren are enrolled to primary school mostly at the age of 5 due to lack of government Nursery schools within the locality. We aid the enrollment of children to school when their parent/guardian failed to due to economic or free will after a formal consent form has being filled and signed by a parent/guardian. We guaranteed support and encourage the children throughout their study. We also, provided uniform and educational kit to the pupils on affordability. We assign a class teacher to serve as their mentor and each pupil report to his mentor every day to encourage punctuality. We served as guardians in school and inspiration in life to get a better and qualitative education. The families identified as ‘primitive’ and informal Qur’anic schools were consulted and followed closely aimed at accepting the reality of the need for western education to the teaming pupil at their tutelage. Preventive phaseAs the Saying goes “Prevention is better than Cure” to avert children especially girls from dropping out of school, we adopted the “Talk to Everyone Strategy” This strategy is employed to sensitize Children, Parents/Guardian and Communities on the importance of education. We have visited ten (10) schools and educated the pupils on the importance of education. We encouraged teachers to always remind the pupils on the value of education a part of their teaching strategies. We have held ten (10) local meetings to sensitize parents on the need to ensure that their children stay in school no matter the challenge as education is the bedrock of all development and a key to a prosperous life by citing real life community examples for a better clarification.
Re-Enrolling PhaseThe third phase that we adopted to tackle this social problem of primary school dropout is by reinstating dropouts to school. The process we follow for a sustainability of this phase include:
Locating of dropoutsWe selected one primary school as a pilot project, which we request for names and contacts of children with poor attendance monthly. We track and visit the children and their families to ascertain the causes. We Schedule a meeting with the children family to understand the problem aimed at finding possible solution that will enable the pupil have an uninterrupted educational cycle.With the consent of parent/guardian (on endorsing consent form) we Re-enrolled the child back to school.The Pupil is assigned a class teacher to serve as his mentor and report to his mentor on daily basis.
4 Quality Education
5 Gender Equality
8 Decent work and economic growth
10 Reduced Inequalities