Nigeria became an independent nation on Oct 1st, 1960. This month, we celebrated our motherland Nigeria at 50. The celebration was almost pointless when we thought about the educational system. Although Nigerians aged below 35 constitute more than 70 percent of the nation’s population, the percentage of Nigerians that get a sound education is demeaning. To worsen matters, our educational system delivered a 79.4% failure rate in the National Examination Council(NECO). There is need for an improved higher education system and it must start with us paying attention to our preschool, elementary and secondary school. These areas are the building blocks of society's educational foundation and lack of a good education would contribute to social ills including crime and prostitution. Education not only opens the mind, it expands it. For this reason, we as a society must invest in our youths by educating them. Can they be educated without school supplies?

A large percentage of Nigerian children are passionate about getting an education but lack basic school supplies i.e. note books, pencils, erasers and more. Project Back to School is a distinct project that is scheduled to hold in December 2010 in three (3) cities in Nigeria - Ajegunle, Makoko & Bere (Dec 15 – 18) . Our aim is to reach out to at least 50 primary school students in each city. It is expected that through the provision of adequate stationeries, students will be motivated to stay in school and strive for a better tomorrow.

There are two major goals for the “Back to School” project and specific objectives within each of the goals. To reduce illiteracy rates in the locations chosen for this project
› To provide at least 50 students with enough supplies to

last them for the 2011 school year. › To encourage the complementary process of reading and writing.

To effectively use volunteers as a major factor in emphasizing the need to be educated in order to become a valued asset to our nation.
› To provide a mini training session where college students

share school experiences with the younger students.

There are two different clientele groups for this project.  The first and primary clientele are the young, talented, underprivileged students who will receive the school supplies.  The second clientele are the individuals who will participate in the project as volunteers.

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Project Director – Responsible for overseeing project development, budget, establishing and maintaining links with donators. Center Coordinator - Responsible for developing working relationships with formal and informal community leaders where project will take place. Volunteer Coordinator - Responsible for recruiting people that will donate supplies; distribute supplies. Project Evaluator – Responsible for keeping record of the amount of supplies received and the amount distributed.

A book drive - give people the opportunity to donate as many school supplies as possible. School supplies would be distributed by volunteers in an open space.

Notebooks  Pencils  Sharpeners  Erasers  Rulers  Pens  School Bags

For more information, please email back2schoolng@gmail.com Help make this goal a reality!! Thank You!

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