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Kiddies Hub: Helping kids in conflict step into the future through re-imagination

Kiddies Hub aim to create a Learning space and Innovation center for kids in conflict to play, learn and innovate.

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What problem does your innovation solve?

Our aim is to work in highly deprived IDP/refugee camps in Nigeria where there are no primary schools or kindergartens. Children have no books or toys. Most parents are uneducated and haven't been taught childcare practices.As tension, conflict, &poverty are all they've known they have low aspirations for themselves and their children. This harms child development and prevents children especially girls developing the creative-thinking skills & "can do" mindsets they need to break out of poverty.

Explain your innovation.

Kiddies Hub aim to train uneducated Mothers/women in various IDP camps to run educational Play Centres for all the pre-schoolers. Centers will be within any safe area within IDP camp building and will locally-made games to inspire kids. The hub will focus on Play-based teaching in small groups that will create a fun, interactive & caring environment. Part of the Kiddies Hub program will be learning workshops for the women/Mothers to incentivize them, improve their home-based play & care and confidence & well-being. For example: Rebecca a 6 year old orphan lives in Area 1 IDP Camp, Nigeria. There's no school here. There was little play or stimulation at the camp because his guardian, Mary, didn't go to school and was never taught vital childcare practices. Kiddies Hub will train people like Mary, along with at least 100 other Mothers/women to run a Play Centre within pre-defined IDP camps across Nigeria. These women will be motivated to volunteer to teach all the pre-school children (like Rebecca). Kids like Rebecca will learn numeracy, literacy, problem-solving, concentration & social skills through play. Mothers like Mary will also learn how to prevent malaria and diarrhea, how to improve nutrition & how to educate the kids through play within the hubs. This will transform the lives of the kids and the volunteer mothers. In addition, the women will gain a peer support group and the confidence and drive to improve their family & community.

Who benefits?

The program will be focused on kids from age 6 and women/uneducated mother resident in IDP camps across Nigeria. Kiddies Hub aim to ensure that children in highly deprived situations are able to receive quality education and care in their early days- the age that makes such a big difference to their future development. Kiddies Hub immediate goal is to empower IDP children and youth to become active citizens who shape their future in a peaceful and constructive way.

How is your innovation unique?

Kiddies Hub is a behavior-change program that unlocks the potential of marginalised parents, transforming their mindsets & empowering them to provide quality learning & care through play. It promotes volunteerism & the use of local materials, encouraging self-sufficiency & creativity rather than dependency. It's fun, sustainable, cost-effective and has wide reach. Our model can be adapted - e.g in Nigeria Play Centres are mainstreamed into public Kindergartens - & quickly replicated to reach the most deprived communities.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

How can we provide creative learning experiences for teachers, parents, working professions and others that will empower them to drive change the change that will really want through Kiddies Hub?

Tell us more about you.

Kiddies Hub is powered by Neo Kit Venture an organization working in the educational space in Nigeria. Neo Kit create teacher training information, courses, and workshops for low-income caregivers, educators, and parents to incorporate play into their work with children living in low income communities.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Armed conflict

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

As a result of the non-international armed conflict between the Nigerian Government and the armed opposition (Jama’atu Ahlu s-Sunnati lil-Da’wa wal-Jihad / Islamic State West Africa Province group), more than 1.76 million people are internally displaced in the North Eastern region of Nigeria. The total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North East and North Central Nigeria is estimated at over 2 million people, making Nigeria host to the six largest IDP population in the world.

Where will your innovation be implemented?

Our innovation is focused on the North-Eastern Nigeria.Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States currently have the largest number of IDPs, with approximately 1.68 million persons who have been displaced as a result of the conflict, including approximately 528,000 IDPs in Maiduguri Metropolis, Borno State.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

In-country Networks

Neo Kit Venture currently have partnership with ALmonsour Women Foundation and Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeria. These organizations have vast experience working with IDP and they will be instrumental in carrying out this initiative.

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

Neo Kit has been involved in the education sector for over two years in close coordination with other non governmental organizations. Neo Kit is building a network of community partners and franchises, including low-income women micro-entrepreneurs, that has already reached hundreds of children across Nigeria, and a further estimated 1,000,000 by 2030

Innovation Maturity

  • Existing Prototype or Pilot: I have tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.

Organization Status

  • We are a registered for-profit company (including social enterprises).

Organization Location

Nigeria

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Hi Abigail, thank you for contributing to the Challenge! Would love to learn a few more details about your pilot project? Also do you have a website or facebook page?