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
Explain your project in details:
The AidaRuralGirlSchoolProject was initiated in 2016 with the aim of advocating for the importance of girl education especially in rural communities where girls between ages of 12- 17 are usually required to drop out of school and given out in marriage to older men. The project through outreach programs, seminars and prep talks, have spread the message of the challenges surrounding of our states and explored stakeholders to invest more in the educational growth of girls. The project, also raises funds to enroll impoverished out of school girls back to school as some of such parents have been known to give excuses of such acts to poverty. The current enrollment has been recorded to support 25 girls from different communities in Northern Nigeria. The project is important as it reduces the rate of child marriage, poverty, teen pregnancy and infection of HIV/AIDS, self-esteem, hunger and abuse. It further creates rural development, increased jobs, enhances gender equality and most importantly, economic growth and globalization. However, research has shown through appropriate monitoring and evaluation processes that the majority of these campaigns have little to no impact on its intended beneficiaries. This is because, the higher percentage of these beneficiaries can neither access, understand, nor relate to the message and its medium due to existing barriers such as; language, access to the Internet, program design, amongst may others. For AidaRuralGirlSchoolProject, we intend to use IVY, an illustration book translated into different indigenous languages to penetrate our communities, with the focus of directing involving students, parents and local stakeholders into the project through role play, interactive sessions for them to understand the consequences of child marriage, health implication and school drop out on the girl child and why it is pertinent to invest in her education.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
MEASURES - More girls will have access to education as stakeholders will invest more in increasing access for Girl education - Parents will be involve in community development and seek to keep girls in school which will reduce the rate of child marriage in rural communities - Men who marry teenage girls will understand the implication of their act and learn more about fundamental right which will help them make better decision on the choice of wives they marry as regards to age. - Reduction in teenage pregnancy, abortion and child birth complications. - Reduction in the rate of HIV/AIDS amongst children. - More children will be engaged in reading so as to promote Quality education and literacy rate - The number of girls enrolled in school as at the time the project is piloted in a specific community. ACHIEVEMENT Increase in access of Girl child education which which bridge the gap of gender marginalization and empowerment of girls and women. Decrease in rate of sexual abuse of teenage girls and older men
Sustainability and future plans
Ivy illustration back to school is a social developmental innovation to promote the aidaruralgirlschoolproject, in increasing access to quality education for out of school girls living in rural/peri urban communities with the aim to reduce child marriage, and sensitization of the community on the adverse effects it has on the empowerment of women and girls. is translated in different indigenous languages for easy communication with stakeholders living in rural communities. The program will be launched out in 36 states in Nigeria with partnership with schools, churches, corporate bodies, government agencies and individuals. The primary partner will be the Ministry of Education, and sub agencies to adopt the developed curriculum and illustration book so as to gain prevalence in schools for a continuous usage in schools in Nigeria. FINANCING SOURCE Personal savings Sponsorship of willing individuals Friends and family Launching and an E-book sale Crowdfunding PLANS FOR FUTURE GROWTH The curriculum and illustration book when accepted will be produced largely for distribution in schools, for churches and CSOs as a guide for sensitization of Girl education and child marriage campaigns. Book-signing in Nigeria schools and a follow up sequel of the illustration. Replication of the project in other countries and translation in different languages in Africa and the World, inclusion of French, Latin and spanish.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am Ngunan Ioron Aloho, a 25 year old graduate of law, and current student of the Nigerian Law school. I am the founder of Samuel Ioron Foundation , an organization that seeks to increase educational access for girls in impoverished communities in Nigeria. Growing up, i lost my father, the bread winner of the family, my mother unemployed struggled to put me through school amidst suggestions to abandon us. She had no education and wanted her children to acquire as she discovered later in time how important it was and contributed to the success of an individual. Filled with compassion for her struggle, i decided to start advocating for parents everywhere to also invest in the educational life of their children regardless of the obstacles they faced. I am passionate about the work i do, i have an innate strength for carrying out projects for long period of time, i listen to others who have been there before me, i am calculative, attentive and desirous of learning more. In 2016, i was awarded the 'YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR' by the Woman of Fire Awards In 2017, I was selected as a fellow for the 'BARACK OBAMA YOUNG AFRICA LEADERS INITIATIVE (YALI) RLC FELLOWSHIP' I was selected as ' A WORLD AT SCHOOL GLOBAL YOUTH AMBASSADOR 2017' I was selected as ' MOTIVATING AFRICA AMBASSADOR 2017' I was awarded ' EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE AWARD' BY NFOB GLOBAL 2017 I was selected as the TOP 12 FINALISTS FOR ODIC Award and given a mentor-ship award - OPPORTUNITY DESK I was selected as a participant for the AFRIFF scripwriting grant round one after a short story publication titled the BLACKNESS OF ERU.