As part of efforts to tackle the growing rate of out-of-school children in Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, Slum2school Afriaca, has made efforts to help children in slums and remote communities achieve their educational ambition.
The group which was founded in 2012, is a volunteer-driven developmental organisation with a vision to transform the society by empowering underserved children in slums and hard to reach communities to realise their potentials.
Ruth Diyan Ebe, Head of Operation of the organisation who spoke to pressmen while leading world Heavy weight boxer, Anthony Joshua to Makoko community in Lagos State, stated that the group has provided other forms of psychosocial support to over 41,500 children in slums and indigent communities.
She made it known that the projects were achieved by collaborating with the government, private sector, individuals and other developmental agencies towards building a resourceful and sustainable network to secure educational opportunities for children from disadvantaged communities.
Ebe explained that the development has sussequently led to building a network of socially responsible youths with a mindset oriented towards achieving social development.
“Slun2school Africa recognises that there are severe shortcomings in sub Sahara Africa’s educational sector and in this area seek to improve the lives of Africa’s most precious resource.
“Our activities range from providing educational opportunities, building creative and innovative learning spaces, implementing mentorship programmes, engaging with policy makers, advocating, promoting volunteerism, developing the communities and celebrating the humanity of every child we are privileged to support.
“Slum2school Africa currently operates in Lagos State with various projects implemented in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Bayelsa, Borno and Ibadan. There are plans to expand to other parts of Nigeria and Africa,” Ebe stated.
With the organisation’s team, Anthony Joshua went into the Makoko community where residents of the community trooped out to receive him. Children and his numerous fans gathered and took shots with the heavyweight boxer and asked him several questions which revolved round his personal life and professional experience.
“I came to learn of the intervention being carried out by Slum2school Africa to reduce the number of out-of-school children in slums and remote communities through the provision of access to quality education, as well as see the community of Makoko, her people, and all the possibilities within.