LAST WEEK WE HIT A MAJOR MILESTONE ON THE TIMELINE FOR OUR MISSION to convincingly and conclusively address the urgent national crisis that means between 8 and 30 million Nigerian children are not in school, and the majority of those who are, record abysmal learning outcomes, and are considered by potential employers as being ill-equipped and unprepared for the modern workforce.
What began with a conversation in December 2010, following a roundtable discussion on the Future of Education in Nigeria at the British House of Commons between Thelma Ekiyor, Executive Director at the TY Danjuma Foundation, His Excellency Ambassador Dozie Nwanna OON the acting Nigerian High Commissioner, and Gori Olusina Daniel the Executive Director at the World Changers Foundation, with support from a cross-section of supportive organisations has since triggered a bit a mini revolution of sorts.
We have only just begun
Last week Lucian Tarnowski, CEO of Brave New Talent, posted a message on Twitter of his visit to Facebook HQ, where posters were positioned all over the place saying
‘the job is only 1% done.’
Like the team behind Facebook, while we can take pride in all we have achieved; we cannot afford to rest on our laurels as we consider that there is still a heck of a lot more to be done before we see every Nigerian child have access to good quality education that will enable them to make a positive impact on society.
We have submitted our recommendations to the Presidential Taskforce Team on Education, but this time we cannot afford to sit down, fold our arms and wait for permission to do what we can do. The challenge is too great, and the need too urgent to sit, wait and do nothing.
We have a real opportunity to ensure that every Nigerian child has access to good quality education that will enable them to make a positive impact on society.
To deliver this picture of the future we see, we must realise like Nelson Mandela did four deacades ago, that the status quo – the current state of things is vastly unacceptable. We must do everything we can to work towards fixing this great social injustice; because if we don’t, we are bound to face another 50 years of missed opportunities, and end our lives bitter and frustrated, full of regrets about what we could have achieved, if only we were bolder.
Now is the time to act
According to Gori Olusina Daniel, Executive Director at the World Changers Foundation,
“we have a 15-year window in which to act, but what we do right now will make all the difference.”
We will succeed because even though individually, we can only do so much, together we are an unstoppable force.
As we take action, our impact will grow. We will increase the number and effectiveness of people who find their voice through our movement. As a result, the number of Nigerian children – especially those from poor, low-income, and traditionally excluded groups we collectively impact and enable to have access to good quality education will grow exponentially. Ultimately, through our collective efforts, we will deliver the Nigeria of our dreams; because when you equip and empower people, you change and transform a nation.
Every Nigerian Child
The Every Nigerian Child Project will take forward all we have achieved with the Future By Us Education Summit.
With your help and continued support, in April, we will begin the process of launching the Every Nigerian Child Project – a membership organisation that will serve as a platform to encourage and initiate better collaboration and increase the effectiveness of all those working to ensure every Nigerian child has access to good quality education that will enable them to make a positive impact on society.
As part of this process, we will need your help to develop the foundational principles and organisational structure that will support all those working to improve the Nigerian education sector over the next 10 years.
We have already made history. With your continued support, over the next 10 years, we will succeed in our mission to ensure every Nigerian child has access to good quality education that will enable them to make a positive impact on society.