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.
Quality Education for Children and Youth in Rural Nigeria
Explain your idea in details:
The primary objective of this initiative is to provide access to education and technological exposure to children in rural Nigeria. It seeks to introduce at least 50% of children in identified rural areas in Nigeria to new learning methods in the first 6 months of implementation. With about 10.5 million out-of-school children, Nigeria has the highest number in the world and 45% of her 171 million population are children under 15 years of age (UNICEF, 2018). This proposed educational intervention will be achieved through volunteering and technology. Following the gap identification stage, select volunteer teachers from recognized private schools in urban Nigeria will administer the identified learning themes in video format; due to poor internet infrastructure, these videos will be available for offline consumption. Administrative staff will be available per learning group to supervise these lectures in a controlled environment. Educational and creative learning materials will be delivered periodically to ensure adequate exposure and practical learning for the children. Flexibility will be emphasized as we understand most parents will be hesitant to release their kids for long hours, especially at the onset lectures therefore will be received for approximately 3-4 hours daily and take home creative activities will be used to lure their parents to allow their children engage more at the learning center. To avoid saddling already burdened parents with learning fees, the government will be required to pay a stipend in form of an educational subsidy to cover basic administrative costs. This is believed to ensure all the children willing to learn will not be sent away due to inability to pay fees. Our end goal is to curb the stifling of innovation and upsurge the exposure that comes with educational development; grooming our younger generation through creative interventions has indeed become a basic necessity
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The most important stakeholders in this social impact initiative are the children and youth. The following are the critical aspects of this learning intervention. Affordability and outreach: We will trigger community interest through free learning programs advertised by key community leaders and the popular women associations in rural areas. Due to the affordable model, more people will be interest and that way the distribution of quality education is increased and number of children and youth out of schools will drastically reduce. Empowerment: The youth will be empowered with knowledge and will use this as a means to develop their community which will improve the economy of the community and also improve quality of life. Innovation: Youth in the rural communities will realize the potentials in their communities and create innovative solutions through their learnings The impact of this intervention initiative will be measured by; - Number of children in organized learning in primary and secondary schools vs previously out-of-school children - Participation rate of youth and adults in formal and non-formal education and training in the previous 12 months by sex - Proportion of children and young people: at the end of primary; and at the end of lower secondary achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in English, Mathematics and Creativity, by sex - Proportion of youths who have participated in the West African Examination Council exams and their success rate before the start of our intervention program - Number of new businesses that drive inclusion in the communities over a specified period
Plans for implementation and sustainability
To run a social enterprise there is need for people to see the sense of a higher purpose than just making money, people are intrinsically motivated to help those in need naturally. Offer: The offer is to create an opportunity for children and youth out of school in rural Nigeria to have access to basic primary and secondary education through the use of video learning as a means to providing quality education. Customer relationship: My team and I will live like the beneficiaries to understand their patterns so as to provide tailored flexibilities, the outcome of this exercise will also form part of the proposal to the Local Government Areas (LGA). Distribution Channel: There will be campaigns on social media to attract support from big foundations, urban private schools and regulatory agencies in the education sector. The content will be distributed to the beneficiaries both online and offline this will be dependent on the availability of internet. Key Activities & Resources: To get started we will require buy-in from the regulatory bodies, volunteers in creating e-learning contents, administrative staff, teachers in the primary and secondary school sectors; they will form part of the team to create the curriculum and lecture videos/notes to be used and gain the necessary approvals to enable dissemination of these lectures to the beneficiaries/clients. Cost structures: the costs will be around personnel, infrastructure and logistics. Partner networks: To achieve success in our social mission the right partnerships have to be made with the foundations, philanthropists, regulatory bodies, and urban private schools. Revenues: Although revenues in a social model is usually from the left side of the canvas, we will be running a hybrid model. Funds will be raised from donations and revenues generated from the beneficiaries or government.
As an IT Professional with 9+ years Ive worn many hats in my career such as Project Management, Business Analysis, Process Optimization, Enterprise Document Management and Customer Relationship. As a result I have acquired the skills to manage versatile projects and to navigate challenges. In my current role, I am involved in cost savings and efficiency initiatives. I help business users translate their requirements to products or solutions and manage the entire development process. I am proficient in business communication, process optimization, change management, IT service management, and process design. I am an innovation and creativity enthusiast, this explains my interest in my current MSc degree program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I engaged in an idea generation challenge at work and my team won the best creative idea, I also won the award of a best team lead. I was born in November 1986 in northern Nigeria. I come from Plateau sate which is in the middle belt of the country and my mum comes from the Niger Delta region, I have pretty much lived and been to all parts of the country. I am a self-driven with a passion for children and youth education in Nigeria.