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Slum2school Africa Lifts Makoko Community Through Scholarships, Learning Facilities

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Mathew Oluwaseun
University of Ilorin (Unilorin)
Mechanical Engineering
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As part of efforts to tackle the growing rate of out-of-school children in the country, a non- governmental organisation, Slum2school Africa, has moved in to help children in slums and remote communities achieve their life long ambition.

Founded in 2012, the group is a volunteer-driven developmental organisation with a vision to transform the society by empowering underserved children in slums and hard to reach communities to realise their full potentials.

Head of Operations, Slum2school Africa, Ruth Diyan Ebe who spoke with reporters while leading world heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua, alongside delegates from the British High Commission and British Council to Makoko community in Lagos State, said the organisation has provided educational scholarships to over 1660 children, created learning spaces and provided other forms of psychosocial support to over 41, 500 children in slums and indigent communities.

According to her, the projects were achieved by collaborating with the government, private sector, individuals and other developmental agencies towards building a resourceful and sustainable network to secure educational opportunities for children from disadvantaged communities.

This development, she explained has subsequently led to building a network of socially responsible youths with a mindset oriented towards achieving social development.

She said,”Slum2School recognises that there are severe shortcomings in sub Sahara Africa’s educational sector and in this area seek to improve the lives of Africa’s most precious resource – her children.

“Our activities range from providing educational opportunities, building creative and innovative learning spaces, implementing mentorship programmes, engaging with policy makers, advocating, promoting volunteerism, developing the communities and celebrating the humanity of every child we are privileged to support. Slum2School Africa currently operates in Lagos State with various projects implemented in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Bayelsa, Borno, and Ibadan. There are plans to expand to other parts of Nigeria and Africa.’ Ebe stated.

In the Slum2School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) laboratory powered by Interswitch, Joshua was shown an inspiring video from Slum2School’s first year, which highlighted the profiling process being carried out in Makoko community, as well as the commitment and determination of volunteers in ensuring that many more children got access to quality education.

With the Slum2School team, Joshua also went into the Makoko community where residents of the community trooped out to receive him. Children and fans, gathered and took photographs with him, asked questions revolving around Joshua’s personal life and professional experience.

The heavyweight boxer in his remarks said, “l came to learn of the interventions being carried out by Slum2School to reduce the number of out-of-school children in slums & remote communities through the provision of access to quality education, as well as see the community of Makoko, her people, and all the possibilities within.

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