Based on SDG 4- Quality Education. We accept sponsorship to a child’s school fees as low as N1,000 to enroll them into schools.
Summer School for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
Launched in 2017, the Summer School for IDPs is the pioneer project that birthed ATCF as an NGO. It is designed to run every summer for a period of four weeks, during which the children are taught four basic subject (i.e. Mathematics, English Language, Civic Education and History) and offered skill acquisition classes. Participants of the summer school for internally displaced children have increased over the years from 54 in 2017 to over 140 as at 2021. The Summer School program has been successfully run from 2017 to 2021.
Following the conclusion of the maiden edition of the summer school for IDPs in 2017, a monitoring and evaluation session was conducted. The result revealed some challenges including language barrier between the volunteers and the children who mostly understood Hausa at the time. This spurred Arm the Child Foundation to design a program that would develop the literacy skills of the children. The project is designed to run through the school session in operation at the learning centre of the IDP camp.
It is generally believed that reading and writing form the bed rock of education. Anyone who cannot read or write will find learning challenging. Even numerical knowledge requires basic reading and writing abilities. This is why some teachers say “you cannot learn Mathematics without basic understanding of English”. Therefore ATCF’s literacy clinic which was launched in February 2018 has been working since then to develop communication skills among internally displaced children in New Kuchingoro IDP camp. As at July 2021, 196 children had benefitted from the literacy program of ATCF.
Camp2Class Scholarship Chain
Camp2Class is a middle man scholarship project designed to connect internally displaced children to organisations and individuals willing to sponsor kids to school. It is designed to operate either by connecting such children to organizations offering scholarship opportunities, individuals willing to sponsor them or by raising funds to directly sponsor the kids to school. In cases where they are sponsored by other organizations, there would be a follow up by Arm The Child Foundation to ensure prompt school fees payment by the organization and good academic performance on the part of the kids.
Camp2Class Scholarship chain kicked off in September 2021 with a total number of 20 beneficiaries, 4 of whom were girls who were initially set to be married off because their parents could not afford to sponsor them through secondary school education.
Project TelEducation is a proposed virtual learning project designed in order to provide the kids with a platform to access education virtually while equipping them with digital skills.
Covid 19 exposed the loopholes in the Nigerian educational system as students in low income communities and government schools had no access to education for over 5 months which created a gap in their schooling timeline and also left them idle during that period.
Project TelEducation is therefore designed to bridge the gap between vulnerable children and their counterparts in technologically advanced schools. This we hope to achieve through training and development of digital skills among internally displaced and vulnerable children and offering of virtual classes.
Information technology and digitalization are advancing at a very fast pace and if IDPs and vulnerable children are left behind, they will not acquire the hard skills required for personal and career growth in the near future.