Our Strategic Priorities

Closing gaps between education, empowerment and skills development

If Education is indeed a basic human right, then the rights of millions of children who live in hard-to-reach, low-income and conflict-stricken communities of Nigeria is being trampled upon. More than half of children that have not enrolled in school live in sub-Saharan Africa, and more than 85 per cent of children in sub-Saharan Africa are not learning the minimum proficiency.

Never before have so many children been out of school at the same time, with many experiencing disrupted learning and empowerment, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised. Children from the poorest households are up to four times more likely to be out of school than those of the richest households.

Disparities between rural and urban areas also remain high. In these current times, the role of education has become more pronounced as a driver of inclusion, economic growth, political participation and sustainable development. But for rural women, vulnerable adolescent girls and at-risk youth who can not access education, training and employment opportunities, their chances to contribute to a just, peaceful and inclusive world is limited.

With our work, we are leveraging collaboration, innovation and technology to ensure access to quality learning, vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills training for many who have been left behind.

Accelerated Learning

Globally, Accelerated Education Programs have proven to be effective in providing flexible, age-appropriate learning opportunities for children who have missed out on education for any reason to quickly catch up. We typically target children and youth from 10 to 18 years old and provide them with a basic education that is certified and equivalent to the formal schooling system that allows them to acquire foundational skills, like reading and arithmetic quickly. Our teaching and learning approach is an augmented Teaching-at-the-right-level (TaRL) model that enables learners to learn and develop life, cognitive, entrepreneurial and technological skills at their learning levels regardless of age or grade.

Youth Skills

Across the world, one in five young people are NEET: Not in Employment, Education or Training. Three out of four of young NEETs are women. More discouragingly, young people aged 15-24 are three times more likely than adults to be unemployed and often faced a prolonged school-to-work transition period. This is even more worst for at-risk youth who have been disenfranchised as a result of crisis or conflict. Through defined and targeted programs, we are providing technical and vocational education and training (TVET) opportunities in conflict-stricken and crisis-affected communities to equip youth with the skills required to access the world of decent work, including skills for self-employment.

Women Empowerment

Expanding and increasing access to non-formal vocational education, productive employment, sustainable income and economic empowerment opportunities for disadvantaged young adolescent girls and vulnerable women remain a multidimensional tool in ending gender-based violence and promoting gender parity and equality. Our female economic empowerment programs enable access to information, tools and opportunities that foster the development of vocational, entrepreneurial and business skills for our beneficiaries. They are not only only be empowered to build sustainable ventures but also capacitated to take charge of their lives, protect their dignity and contribute to the growth of their families and the whole community as a whole.

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