Giving Poor Children Access to Education
Currently, Nigeria has 10.5 million out-of-school children (42% of its primary school age population)! Nearly 53% of the out-of-school children are girls. Chronic Poverty in Nigeria has turned many children to street hawkers and beggars. Though, many States are providing tuition-free education, there are other fees that parents are expected to contribute. This has forced many parents to withdraw their children from school. The 2010 Nigerian Education Data Survey showed that many children dropped out of school because of cost and the poor quality education in schools, which is forcing parents to “spend more on extra tuition if they wish to see their children pass the national exams”. Nigeria spends less than 9% of its annual budget on education, even though, the minimum standard set by UNESCO for funding in education is 26%.
What We are Doing
CLP partners with a faith-based group, the Oblates of St. Joseph, to give poor children the opportunity to go to school, fulfil their dreams in life, and lift themselves and their family from poverty. We do this by identifying vulnerable children and finding them sponsors through any or all of the three levels of education – primary, secondary and university. Sponsors contribute the cost of education for the sponsored child and receive progress reports on the child’s performance.