2018 CHILDREN'S DAY CELEBRATION
The annual Children’s Day Celebration for Public Primary School held at Anthony Udofia Elementary School in Osun State. The event brought together 500 pupils from across the State capital city, Osogbo.
The annual children’s day event was launched in 2016 by the founder, Adetunji Adeniran to give pupils in public schools a sense of belonging similar to what their rich counterparts enjoy in major cities across the country. A total of 4,100 pupils have been reached in three (3) years and the target is to reach 10,000 pupils in five (5) years.
During the event, the pupils will be exposed to various games, educational learning, vocational skills acquisitions, Spelling Bee Challenge and career counselling. This year was also different as we had partnership supports from local and regional organizations. Participating Partners include;
- Break the Cycle Initiative (BIC): Organization that specializes in training young people (5-12 years) in vocational skills such as making of Jewelry, Ankara, Cap, Ties, Jeans, Fashion etc
- iRead to Live Initiative: This organization is involved in cultivating reading culture in primary schools by establishing reading clubs
- Developmental Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission: A commission established for the development of Western Nigeria (Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Lagos, Ondo and Ekiti states)
- Young Educators Foundation (YEF): This is the only organization in Nigeria that is licensed to coordinate spelling bee competitions. They organize both state and National Spelling competitions.
- The Nigeria Medical Students Association were also available for medical check for teachers and career discussion for kids interested in the field of medicine.
The below pictures are some the outcomes of the event.
Volunteers: The initiative is driven by volunteers who are mostly students of tertiary institutions. Total number of volunteers in the network has grown from 5 in 2016 to 250 in 2018.
Fund Raising: From inception in 2016, the initial startup fund was provided by the Executive Director. In 2018, we leveraged social media to drive fundraising campaigns i.e GofundMe, Project 1k etc. Full financial report will be available on the website.
Teach For Hopefield (TFH): This is a new initiative and ongoing initiative to encourage our volunteers across Nigeria to adopt a school and teach subjects of their choice on need basis.
Vocational Skills: As part of the need to drive self sufficiency in Nigeria, the pupils were trained on various vocational skills such as jewellery making, ties, cap, beads etc.
Spelling Bee Challenge: The Spelling Bee was conducted by Young Educators Foundation and witnessed by DAWN commission. There were 50 participants drawn from three (3) primary schools across the state capital. The winners were presented with cash award and school kits.