One in five out-of-school children in the world lives in Nigeria. How do we forge the leaders of tomorrow if our children cannot afford a basic education? What is happening to our youth, to our society, to our once prosperous nation? Education is seen as the four walls of the classroom where the basic concepts of math, English and science are learned, but in truth it is the totality of life; a tool for personal and national development, a tool for liberation and a response to our society. Education is the experience of previous generations passed on to future generations, but sadly, Nigeria has the most out-of-school children in the world with a total of 10.5 million children
At the end of 2021, the inflation rate in Nigeria rose to 15.63% and as a result prices rose and our purchasing power fell. Markets are expensive, the cost of living in Nigeria is ridiculous, and the lower class is sinking deeper and deeper into poverty. Families struggle to eat, talk less to afford an education. This begs the question: how can our future leaders benefit from a quality education if they can’t afford to go to school?
In 2018, the Meadow Hall Foundation set up a central center in Ikorodu, Lagos, in partnership with the parish church to train out-of-school children free of charge every day throughout the year, learning maths, English and civic studies. This paid off as some students improved their literacy skills and others were enrolled in nearby schools; but unfortunately the project was not sustainable. In 2021, Meadow Foundation started the Sponsor A Child project at his adoptive school – Ilasan Nursery & Primary School. The Sponsor A Child project aims to keep children in school by paying their school fees and lunch for the academic session, while redistributing wealth to the food vendor, who will receive over two million naira each academic session . Currently, the project sponsors 100 children in the school.
To encourage more students to stay in school while supporting families below the poverty line, the Meadow Hall Foundation has partnered with PiggyVest to sponsor more children in school. This partnership will allow PiggyVest to match funds raised between February 1, 2022 and July 31, 2022, on the PiggyVest app. The target is N2,500,000 and once achieved, the Foundation will have N5,000,000 to accommodate 166 students from Ilasan Nursery and Primary School for the 2022/2023 academic session.
You can sponsor a child with the Meadow Hall Foundation and PiggyVest by either:
Meadow Hall Foundation
Or by joining our savings goal on PiggyVest with the link below
Together we can improve the quality of education for generations to come.
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