Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
ReadABookNigeria Initiative (RABNI)
Explain your project in details:
ReadABookNigeria Initiative (RABNI) is a set up to function as a social entreprise in partnership with the sustainable development goal 4(Quality Education). Main Objectives: To build independent learners; individuals both young and old with the skill to learn, relearn and unlearn by themselves throughout life, and remain positive contributors to the society's development. To make education look good on everyone; schooling is not often smiled upon by students and the lack of optimism and interest leads to poor performance and most times complete withdrawal from school, I am an example of that statistic. RABNI works at collaborating with educational institutions to offer support services to these minority and get them to a place where they can appreciate learning and be integrated back into their classrooms as better learners. Our activities: We have been able to get on the road to achieving all our objectives using innovative tools such as: TheBookDiscus: a reading community for working individuals, getting them to read at least one book per month and meet every last Saturdays to discuss these titles. This we also hope to take this to schools. Not Dumb, Just Different Awareness Campaign; these tool targets Educational stakeholders such as parents and teachers, it consists of sensitization on research findings, evidences and case studies from us and other similar groups and educationists that no child is dumb, just different. And we believe that if the stakeholders come to this understanding it will help make the work of re-integrating struggling learners a lot easier. RABNITalks; this is an outreach, where we collaborate with other organisations regardless of their focus who have a community of individuals to allow us ten(10) minutes at their events to present our case, and how they as parents can help us help these students. RABNIInspires; this tool consists of events we hold on various themes to inspire lifelonglearning.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
In two years, we reached over 6000 educational stakeholders with our advocacy efforts. this has been made possible via numerous partnerships that offer us a wider audience reach. We've also grown our reading community to over 500 Nigerians. We've hosted International Womens Day events for two years in a row now, to inspire lifelong learning and community development. In 2017, we partnered with Box Office Incubator and the just concluded 2018 event was made possible in partnership with the Korean Embassy. We have reached 18 schools here in the FCT, and over 2000 students belonging to the minority of struggling learners. We were able to conduct a primary research study in 2017 in partnership with Predictive Network through the United Nations SGDs partnership platform. We are currently running a TED-Ed Club, in partnership with TED to help selected students find and express their voice, and in June 2018 will host our own TED event here in the FCT for these club members to share their ideas worth spreading to an audience of educational stakeholders. This Club meetings are made possible in partnership with Livebridge Foundation who is lending their facility to us at no cost. All these and more we have been able to achieve towards fostering the SDG 4, Quality Education.
Sustainability and future plans
Financing Sources: So far, all of RABNI's executions have been made possible by cash funds from the Founder, and in-kind partnerships. We have received no external cash funding. Future Growth We are using these time and experience to develop tools that will support our objectives, such as the the Learners Agency; an alternative learning community. these tools and programmes will come at a cost and ensure their sustainability. Business Model Revenue Sources: Courses Research papers Paid Conferences Tuition from the Learners Agency; an after school programme for struggling learners. Using the above revenue sources and more to cover the cost of volunteers token, internet and website costs, and rent for the Learners Agency facility..
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Founder: Uma Patricia Nnenna Date of Birth: June 29, 1990 State of Origin: Abia State Highest Academic Level: B.A English Professional Background Business Writer for Startups and Micro Businesses 2011 - Present CEO Fashion Warehauz NG, Influence World Publishing and Pyrex Outsourcing Business Developer for Centre for Character and Leadership Development (CCLDNigeria) and sits on the management of a number of startups in Abuja. Her background has always been entrepreneurial, and she launched my first startup at age 20 without any formal education in business. Uma has grown to learn from the failures and the successes, and now combines her skill in business development and passion for quality education to build RABNI. Her experience in Academics is a mirror of the category of students RABNI is out to help. Having struggled through school and had close to zero interest in academics, she failed a number of times, and had to repeat classes twice. Sometime, in 2010 she discovered the value in books and with them she was able to realize that she was not dumb after all. She became a better student after learning how to learn by herself when she did not understand how it was taught in class. With books, she is quoted saying "I could travel through the entire world learning, from the class of a Harvard Business School Professor to the laboratory of the greatest scientists. I want to share that gift with every child out there who is convinced he is dumb, I want them to realize that neither the creator nor science backs that claim, because the brain is neuroplastic. I want to help them build the confidence to try at studying again, that even when no one is teaching you in the language you understand, you can talk to yourself as an independent learner, and do not need to leave schooling.