Nigeria has the highest rate of out of school children in the world and the number has continued to increase. According to a 2015 Save the Children Study conducted on the State of the Nigerian Child, Lagos State is one of the two states with the highest percentage of children aged 6yrs and above who do not attend primary school. Nationwide, 10.5 million Nigeria children are out-of-school. This figure represents 42% of Nigeria’s children of primary school age and is 3.6 million more than were out of school in the year 2000. According to a UNESCO report, Nigeria’s rate of four-year education deprivation is twice the international average. Progression from primary to secondary school is also problematic and only about 27% go on to enrol in secondary schools.
We need your help to provide quality affordable education to children who have the potential to turn Nigeria around through a scholarship scheme. One of the major reasons why children do not attend school in Nigeria is the cost of education. Girls from poor families are usually the first to be kept home from attending school when the cost of education is high.
Equality Though Education Foundation currently provides free education for some students from low income families. We need help to raise scholarships for more students to attend Lekki Peninsula College (LPC) and Lekki Peninsula Nursery and Primary Schools and other schools across the country which offer, affordable education for children from economically disadvantaged homes.
Lekki Peninsula College (LPC) first started running classes in the evening as Lekki Tutorial College (LTC) in 1993 to serve children of families that had been displaced as a result of a military government action. Maroko, was razed to the ground in July 1990, by Col. Raji Rasaki, the then military governor of Lagos State. As a result of the demolition, there was an outflow of displaced people who were left homeless, most of whom had also lost their livelihood. This population spilled into the Lekki Peninsula areas of Jakande and Ikota Estates, the villages along the expressway as well as in and around Ajah.
The tutorial college ran free for the first four years providing leadership training, mentoring, and educational skill acquisition programs including lessons in literacy and numeracy, preparatory lessons for the West African School Certificate Exam (WASCE), the Joint Admission and Matriculation Exam (JAMBE), sewing, and video production. The school was initially funded by the proprietors and donations from organizations like the Canadian Women’s Club and American Women’s Club. As the school population grew, services were increased to full formal schooling with nominal school fees in 1997. The institution which evolved, Lekki Peninsula College (LPC) became the pioneer school of its kind in the Lekki Peninsula area.
Lekki Peninsula College (LPC) has since become fully approved by the Lagos State Government and provides full school education at both the junior and senior secondary levels. Since inception, LPC has graduated 2,062 students. Over 70% of the graduates have gone on to pursue tertiary education. The school is fully accredited for all national and state external examinations such as WAEC SSCE, NECO JSCE, NECO SSCE, JSCE etc.
Lekki Peninsula Nursery and Primary School (LPNP) was set up in 2015 when the remedial work that we needed to do with students who had been in the public school system kept increasing. We have been supported in this social mission to empower students from families at the bottom of the pyramid to participate fully and positively in all spheres of life in Nigeria by Pearson Affordable Learning Fund and Village Capital.
While both schools have been committed to maintaining the lowest tuitions in the Lekki area, a good proportion of our students still require some financial assistance to stay in school. Given the uncertainty of Nigerian economy and its dramatic impact on the poor, demand for scholarships is greater. Now more than ever, students need scholarship support and every penny counts.
Kindly fill the accompanying form to indicate the amount you will donate towards this initiative. All funds raised will be used to benefit student scholarships and we will furnish you with reports of how your money is expended.