10.5 Million Children’s Dreams on Hold: Can we Rewrite Nigeria’s Education Story?

Amara Oko

Amara Oko

Media, Araceli Aid Foundation

The numbers are staggering: over 10.5 million children in Nigeria, aged 5-14, are currently out of school.  This translates to one in every five out-of-school children globally being Nigerian. This isn’t just a statistic; it represents countless dreams on hold and a lost generation of potential.

We understand the frustration behind the recent youth slogan, “school na scam.” It reflects the shadow hanging over the Nigerian education system, and the reality is sobering. And if you were wondering why, the current education system has failed to equip students with the skills they need to succeed.  Decades of underfunding have led to inadequate classrooms, a lack of essential learning materials, crumbling infrastructure, and even teacher shortages.

The importance of education can’t be overstated. Look at South Korea, for instance. In the 1950s, after the Korean War, their infrastructure was destroyed, and illiteracy rates soared above 70%. So, they made a bold decision: prioritized education. Within a generation, their literacy rate plummeted, and they transformed from a war-torn nation into a global leader in technology and innovation. An educated workforce immensely contributed to their economic growth and propelled them onto the world stage.

Vietnam faced a similar challenge.  Their education system was ravaged by war; This left them with a destroyed education system and infrastructure and neglected teacher training. However, instead of accepting defeat,  their government embarked on a reform journey. With international support focused on school improvements – upgraded facilities, essential materials, and revitalized teacher training – Vietnam achieved incredible results. Their literacy rate increased to over 95%, which fueled their economic growth, as they are also well known for their thriving export sector. Furthermore, this educational transformation opened doors for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, granting them access to higher education and better job opportunities.

Just like Vietnam, Nigeria has the potential for a similar transformation.  The key lies in improving the quality of education within our existing schools. That’s where the Araceli Aid Foundation steps in. 

We are dedicated to improving the quality of education in existing schools by providing teacher training, classroom resources, and school supplies, equipping laboratories and tech facilities, installing recreational facilities, and providing other support. We also work with schools to create safe and healthy student learning environments.

Our shared stories paint a powerful picture: education is not just a pathway to individual success; it’s the cornerstone of a thriving society. Investing in these crucial areas can empower Nigerian children and unlock their full potential. By supporting the Araceli Aid Foundation, you’re investing in a child’s future and the future of your community, your nation, and the world.

The Araceli Aid Foundation invites you to join us in building a brighter future for Nigeria, one student at a time.

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