50% of world out of school children are Nigerians and with the increased rate of poverty and insurgency, especially in Northern Nigeria, there are more displaced children prone to child labour. The National Bureau of Statistics also says about 50.8% of Nigerian children, aged between 5 and 17, are involved in child labor (UNICEF 2018) and the child labour prevalence in the North central is 56.8%.
We are addressing the SDG 4, target 4.1 which is to ensure completion of primary and secondary education of boys and girls and SDG 8, target 8.7 which is on eradicating child labour. By taking the children back to school, we will increase school enrollment of children in our community, which will in turn increase literacy level, reduce the number of out of school children around us who are prone to child labour with effects on the children such as: fatigue, improper socialization and development, exposure to risk of sexual abuse, high likelihood of being involved in crime and emotional instability, which will ultimately, have long term negative effects on the community and the entire nation.
This Project is therefore aimed at supporting the education of children who are unable to further their education due to their poor family background. We are taking children off the streets and ensuring that they are enrolled back to school and are aided to remain in school. We will also ensure that the children’s development is holistic by not only seeing to their academic progress and general wellbeing but also conduct yearly life development and leadership trainings, to see that the children are groomed and mentored rightly unto a balanced adulthood.
Our Life development and leadership trainings is to cater for the emotional and psychological wellbeing and stability of these children to enable them strive better in the society.
This Project caters for enrolment fees, school uniforms, textbooks, notebooks for maximum concentration in school, including yearly trainings.
LIFT EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP
In line with our vision, mission and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4; which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and our desire to see the level of illiteracy reduced drastically and that children irrespective of location or background have a chance to be educated, we launched the Lift Empowerment Scholarship Project.
This project is aimed at supporting the education of children (primary school leavers), selected bright graduating pupils of primary 6 who may have financial challenge in paying their fees, through their Junior Secondary School years (JSS1-3). This scholarship will not only cater for their academics but other areas related to their general wellbeing, this will also ensure that beneficiaries are able to concentrate and perform optimally among their contemporaries in school.
The Lift Empowerment Scholarship Project scope covers costs including enrollment and P.T.A fees, uniforms and other school wears, basic textbooks and writing materials.
TEENS LEADERSHIP CLUB
A Leadership Club for children within the ages of 9- 19 which aims at building the value of education and re-orientating young people. To also equip them with necessary skills and values to aid them grow and effectively utilize their leadership potentials.
Some activities include:
Leadership and Life development trainings, Film shows, Vocational Trainings, Competitions etc.
Club Meeting holds one day in a month and a Boot Camp is organized in August during the long vacations, for maximum impact.