In Nigeria, empty desks with no resources is a regular occurrence, with many schools not fortunate enough to have someone donating supplies. According to Unicef, Nigeria’s exponential growth in population has put immense pressure on the country’s resources and on already overstretched public services and infrastructure over the last decade. With children under 15 years of age accounting for about 45 per cent of the country’s population, the burden on education and other sectors has become overwhelming.
Many families cannot afford the associated costs of sending their children to school such as uniforms and textbooks.[i] The issue of funding by the government and other relevant authorities has been a major challenge to mathematics education. The budgetary allocation to the education sector has been grossly inadequate as compared to funding from both developed and some developing countries.[ii] The population growth paired with inability to afford essential materials for school have led to 26% of children aged 12-17 to be out of education. In the poorest quantile, that figure is 65%.
Many of the children in the poorest quantile are attending public schools. These tend to be crowded: “it is not rare to see cases of 100 pupils per teacher” and the schools lack adequate equipment to give to the pupils, an example being textbooks. The textbook: pupil ratio ranges from 1:10 to 1:100 across the country. Solution:
We plan to donate relevant mathematics textbooks to 2,000 JSS1 – JSS3 students
across 5 schools in areas where pupils in the poorest quantile live in Ibadan, Oyo State. With the help of the State Ministry of Education, we will select schools most in need of resources and provide enough textbooks for each Junior Secondary School student.How the funds will be used:
The most important thing we need to raise money for is the books. With a quote equating to roughly £2.25 a book
, we need to raise £4,500
to be able to successfully donate textbooks.
Although I have already covered my own travel costs, I will need someone to accompany me to Nigeria to ensure everything runs smoothly. The flight costs £610
Whilst in Ibadan, we will need money for transportation and accommodation which comes up to £560
for the two of us.
For publicity and awareness creation, we need a domain and hosting.
Domain = £15
Hosting and email = £12/month for a year = £144
This in total costs £159
Any extra money donated will go towards more supplies for the students such as pens, paper, backpacks etc. or any other costs that may come up in the process that will be reflected here. When do I need the funds?
I will be flying out at the beginning of September in time for the new school year and will ideally need the funds by the end of August so that the order for the books is made in enough time. What will your support mean?
Your support will help to make this a reality. Any donations are appreciated. If you’d like to contact us about anything, email email@example.com
[i] Unicef.org. (2018). UNICEF Nigeria - The children - Education. [online] Available at: https://www.unicef.org/nigeria/children_1937.html
[Accessed 14 Apr. 2018].
[ii] Etuk, E. and Bello, D. (2018). 1 CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS OF MATHEMATICS EDUCATION IN NIGERIA. [ebook] p.3-5. Available at: http://www.globalacademicgroup.com/journals/assertiveness/Emmanuel%20Dan.pdf
[Accessed 23 Apr. 2018].