Saturday, May 31, 2008

Improving quality of learning in public schools










My colleague, Ike, volunteers with a non profit called Volunteer Corps on Saturdays to teach senior secondary students in public schools. Like India, Nigeria faces a crisis in education with ailing government managed/ run schools and mushrooming multi-range private schools.

Volunteer Corps works with in 30 public schools across five local governments. They make a pitch to the schools, parents and the kids and those interested sign up for their program. Besides english and maths, they do extra-curricular activities (dance, drama, writing..) and life skills education.

Today I accompanied Ike to an "Open Day", an event that gets all stakeholders to come together to celebrate the success and share concerns. Grateful parents, confident and aware students, satisfied volunteers all painted an optimistic picture for the future of Nigeria!

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