Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
The aim of the charity is to provide support for disadvantaged children up to age 16 in Oyo State Nigeria. Education is fundamental in providing children for knowledge, empowerment and support to help them grow into the adult they want to become. For instance, in the U.K, we are so lucky in the one sense that education is free for all children (unless of course you want to pay to send your child to a private school) however, in the background of our fee school system there is underlying issue of poverty which research suggest is increasing. One way in which poverty could affect a child educational development is at home as they might not have access to I.T equipment and wi-fi which is wildly used throughout the schools in the UK. Therefore, leaving the children disadvantaged. In contrast to this, in Africa, Nigeria schooling is not free, materials needed are not free and the equipment required is not free. Therefore, so many children are missing out of the opportunity to develop their educational journey due to the reason that their parents cannot afford to send them to school. Therefore, the aim of the charity is to support these disadvantaged children to gain access to education. The service is to provide educational support for disadvantaged children by the means of buying educational materials, school uniform, school bags, school shoes and by paying the school fees if needed. The charity will be depending on voluntary contributions and donations from individuals, organisations and institutions that share charitable aims with us. Furthermore, the key activity is to create awareness of the charity website, Goplan site to get people to log on to look at it, to maintain and update the website with news of the charity work
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The purpose of the charity is to make a positive impact on a child's future and the charity will be working with schools and disadvantaged children in Nigeria. Children are our future and providing them with knowledge through learning, we are hopefully creating a better future for them and for the country. Most of the children that will be supported will be from the slum areas in Oyo State, by providing them with education will hopefully give them a better future to move out of this area when they are older and therefore reducing the number of people living in these areas. Education gives children a good start in life and aims of the charity is to ensure children have access to good education Furthermore, the charity will be depending on fundraising, voluntary contributions and donations from individuals. This comes from a range of individuals. However, the charity will try to focus on a target customer group of parents aged 30 +. I consider that the charity will be successful as I believe that I am passionate about this problem and focused on making a difference. The charity will be relying on voluntary contributions and donations from individuals, institutions and organisations that share charitable aims with us. I have been in contact with the material supplier in Nigeria and it has been estimated that through funding activities and donations the aim is to raise £3000+ within the next 6 months.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Some local organisations that have been contacted have offered to hold a charity box in aid to get donations. Educational companies have been contacted and are willing to provide materials at a discounted price to support the charities work in Oyo State The charity will be providing a service funded through donations and not selling items. In order to provide our service and support children in Oyo State, we will be using donations from individuals and organisations. If there is a need in the future to sell charity named pens, t-shirts, wrist bands etc, then this may be considered. In order for the charity to develop and grow it is important that we create awareness of who we are. Events nights where we can involve the public and organisations will help us in achieving this. A business website will be vital to promoting my charity and updating the public on what work has been undertaken by the charity. Create awareness of the website and Go Plan site to get people to log on and want to look at it. Creating awareness through these methods is vital as most people have access to the internet. However, it is important to bear in mind other marketing methods to create awareness. Videos, live updates, blogs, events will tell the story of the children who are being supported and the impact it has on their life. By providing videos, live updates, blogs and holding events provides a good way of being able to show the public how the charity works and what we aim to do. Therefore, creating more awareness and hopefully more donations for the charity. Real life stories of how the charity is working are vital in the charity's development and likewise shows anyone who is interested in how donations are contributing to improving a child's educational journey. Up
I am Oluwafemi Adewumi, a 35-year-old African male who was born in Nigeria. My mother and father are Christians and I had a strict Christian upbringing. Due to the fact that religion was a vital part of my early years, it has been used to set the foundations for my morals, values and beliefs. When I left high school, I was becoming more independent and wanted to step away from the pressures that religion was placed upon me, I always thought there was more to the world than just living in Nigeria. For this reason, I came to England five years ago. Growing up attending church in Nigeria, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to volunteer and assist with Sunday schools. This provided me with experience of working with children to teach them the bible studies. In doing this, I was able to see how many children who came to Sunday school who so eager to learn and some of them were so clever but yet they were unable to attend state school simply because their parents were not able to afford this. Since then, after starting my social and community development course at the University of Northampton, it has relit a passion in me to give back to my community and support the disadvantaged children.