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Education for All: Necessary Inclusion of Adult Literacy for Sustainable Development

LADEWIN - an adult literacy focused Initiative with the mandate of providing free adult basic education for uneducated Nigerians.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Literacy for Adult and Education for Women Initiative (LADEWIN) is an NGO with the mandate of assisting the degrading educational system in Nigeria through provision of adult basic education for rural and semi urban communities. It aims at teaching uneducated Nigerians how to read, write, spell and speak in English in order for them to live a better, richer and fuller life both as individual and as social units. As part of our programs, we provides Adult Basic Education, Skill Acquisition, and Empowerment for the uneducated adults and rural community settlers. These are achieved through establishing Community Learning Centres (CLCs) in the rural and semi urban communities in Nigeria – as at end of April 2018, the Initiative has 3 CLCs in the suburb part of Abuja, Nigeria. With the help of facilitators/volunteers who are specialists and have skills in catering, soap making and bead making, providing skill acquisitions for adult learners, and a few others who are ready to join the class during the training. The essence of the adult literacy is to educate the illiterates who are dropped out or do not go to school at all, and the rationale behind the skill acquisition is empowering the learners to be able to stand on their own and start a business they could be proud of. For over 2 years now, a number of LADEWIN learners have continue to improve in their learning and behavior on daily basis. Three of them have intended to further their school by taking up a High School Examination in order for them to be better educated formally, even up to tertiary levels. They always share their experience with new adult students in our Centres how they cannot write A-B-C-D, but now hey can read a sentence or two, they can write their names and a few common words and they have begun to see life differently. Every week, 3 days in a week, 13 weeks per term, and 3 terms a year (session) - these are our way of making people prosper and bring peace into the societies.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Over the years, we have focused on uneducated adults, adults that are aged 18 years and above, those who are dropped out of elementary schools and high schools, or those who have never attended school at all. Rural communities have been a call to our attention, residents in the rural areas and in some cases in the semi urban areas are our beneficiaries. As at May 2018, 3 Community Learning Centres (CLCs) are active and are located at Gui, Wukara and Gbessa - all in Abuja, Nigeria. At the CLCs, an average of 50 active students and over 80 registered students per centres. And at least 20 students join every 3 months. These learners are 90 % married, 70 % women, and 100 % unable to read and write at their point of entry. Please see the following links for more:

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

We specifically focuses on United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is to improve Quality Education and lifelong learning for all. Our main program is targeted at uneducated Nigerian, through provision of adult basic education. In addition to that, we make sure that we reduce the inequality and bridge the gap between the educated and uneducated. And also, through provision of skill acquisition for adult learners, we reduce poverty at all costs. One of the unique way of delivering our services and engaging our learners is by using the Nigerian Basic Education academic Calendar, that is 3 terms in a session, 12 - 14 weeks per term, 2 - 6 weeks of break at intervals.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Majority Adoption: I have expanded the pilot significantly and the program product or service has been adopted by the majority of our intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Established as an NGO to assist the country degrading educational system and providing adults with basic education and skills required by society to raise productivity, stimulate innovative mindset and raise income, in order for them to live a better, richer and fuller life both as individual and as social units.

Expertise in sector

  • 5-7 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

As a social worker, my driving force is solving human problems. In whichever way I can contribute to solving the problems of humanity. This single personal conviction made me to be board member of 3 NGOs working in various human issues, ranging from community to education, to human right. And an active member of more than 5 other NGOs, locally, nationally and international. Social entrepreneur gives me satisfaction, it gives me joy, it gives me the privilege to meet the needs of others.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born, leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work. Leaders must be proactive and innovative in their approach to ensure that the objectives are achieved. In facing this, leaders must learn to be innovative and creative to ensure that they remain not just relevant but are also well-liked for the right reasons. In other word, peace and prosperity is a thing for everyone, but the onus lies on leaders to make sure that the right programs are connected with the right people. Just as we are doing at our Initiative, we connect the service of Volunteer teachers with adult students who are eager and ready to have back what they have missed in their younger age.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Over the years, we have been working with host communities, schools, community leaders, religious leaders in the host community where our Community Learning Centre is located. We are in partner with Mass Education Board - the Department of Education that runs and supervise everything about adult literacy and lifelong learning. We have also partnered with host schools, where we make use of for our Learning centres. For example, we are in good relationship with communities like Gbessa, Wukara, Sauka, Gui, Nuwalege, Bassa, all in Abuja, and Zhewun Madaki community in Nasarawa state, just to mention a few. Some of these communities have the opportunity of having our adult centre located, and some other are very close to where our centre(s) are located, thus benefiting from it, and we are in good terms with other communities and working in establishing centres there. So far so good, the community leaders in all of our centres are either a student with us or are fully in support of us

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

As noted earlier, our Initiative is targeted at rural communities, this makes it easier for us to have access to uneducated adults who are our beneficiaries. Some of these learners, have always seek help from paid service providers to help teaching them how to read and write in English upon our arrival. Coupled with our Volunteer teachers, we have more than enough trained teachers who are ready to teach and assist adult learners develop in their learning process.

Geographic Focus

Africa. Nigeria. Rural communities, and the uneducated / illiterates adults.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

It is a continuous program we embark on, but at every 12 months (1 session or 3 terms), every adult learners are expected to have gained enough knowledge and move on with their life, coupled with skills they must have gained from us, and possible empowerment.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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