Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Provision of Clean Water, Electrification and Laboratory Equipment.
Explain your project in details:
In early 2016, with the early waves of Herdsmen attacks on farmers in the Igbor community of Benue state of Nigeria, all the buildings including all the facilities and materials of the Branham Nursery and Primary school were burnt and destroyed. With the gradual return to normalcy aided by the government security agencies, we now have not only the nursery and primary but also, a technical college. Our Nursery and Primary school offers basic qualitative primary education for children aged 3 to 13. The technical college is offering teenagers and young adults not only the formal general secondary education as other schools, but also five technical options of studies: Animal Husbandry, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Building Construction, Wood Works, and Crop Production. In addition to these technical training, which is first of its kind in the 50 km radius, we also give all our secondary school students training in vocational skills such as soap and detergent making, cake making, body cream making, and pottery. Our objective is to achieve lasting community development through qualitative technical and vocational training enabling self-reliance and self-employment. With all our efforts to provide the children and teenagers with good education in this rural community of more than 15,000 people, we are faced with the problems of acute infrastructural underdevelopment, lack of potable water, lack of electricity, and poor equipments of learning in our computer and science laboratories. Therefore, to be more impactful, the present project consists of the following: - Drilling of a borehole, erecting the tanks and connecting the electric pumping engine. This will provide potable drinking water. - Installing three sets of solar panels and solar inverters for 24 hours uninterrupted clean power supply in the school. - Equipping our computer laboratories with 50 desktop computers for better learning experience.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
After purchasing the facilities in June 2018, we renovated 2 blocks of 5 classrooms each out of the 4 blocks that were burned down. We also furnished the schools with classroom dual desks and tables and put in place some needed requirements like teaching tools comprising textbooks, notebooks and boards. We reopened the Nursery and Primary school as well as the Branham Technical College in September 2018 with 16 teaching staff. As at December 2018, we had invested little more than $ 4,800.00 in the business. From a total of 36 students in September 2018, we grew to 83 in December 2018 and today we have total enrolment of 115 students. With the continuous returning and resettlements of people, coupled with our aggressive advertisement and quality output, we are projecting to enroll 250-350 students in September 2019. The success of our school is evaluated through the number of enrollment we have at the beginning of the academic year, the places and locations where our students come from, the success in professional external examinations, and the businesses our graduates engage in at the end of their studies. The completion of the project at hand will have manifold outcomes in the school and the community. Some of the aimed outcomes are: - Facilitate the learning process of our students as they will have the opportunity to work in school without fear of power outage. - Increase in our school enrollment. Improvement in the net income of the school by more than 200%. - Improvement in the learning process in Computer Science with the presence of a well-equipped laboratory. - Provision of enough and potable water all year round. - Protecting our students, staff and neighbors from water borne diseases and the stress to obtain water in dry season.
Sustainability and future plans
Our institution has a strong management board composed of 8 persons: the Manager (who is also acting as the Principal), the Vice-Principal (also in charge of the account department), the Dean of Studies, the Discipline and Compound Master, the Head-Master of the Nursery and Primary school, and the three Heads of departments of the college. The Principal, Vice-Principal and Head-Master have respectively 9, 6 and 4 years of teaching experience with the Manager having 4 years School Management skill experience. It means at the end of the project, the facilities developed will properly maintained as we possess the necessary man-power. We deliver our values to our customers through classroom teachings and practical demonstrations, under the national educational yearly calendar and following the NABTEB syllabus. Our customers in exchange, pay termly tuition fees to be enrolled in the school. This tuition fees is our principal source of income. After finishing the project at hand, we plan thereafter to finish the renovation of the remaining block of 5 classrooms, equip our science and technical laboratories, and finish the renovation of our 400 sitting capacity hall. In the next 5 to 10 years, our plan include: Having at least 10 technical fields of training in accordance to the needs and demands of our customers, reaching a target of producing 150 technical graduates each year, having other branches of the school in other geo-political zones of the country and being a national reference in technical and vocational training.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Brice is 33 years old and has eight years of experience in the profit and nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Christian Religious Studies from the University of Jos in Nigeria. Brice received training in Leadership, Ministry, and Counseling from the School of Biblical Studies Jos. Brice is a Fellow of the Young Africans Leaders Initiative (YALI) of the U.S. government and a fellow of African Changemakers. Brice is the C.E.O. of Breuna International Mining Company Ltd. and also the Founder Principal Manager of Branham Technical College, Igbor. Previously, he worked as Counsellor and Vice-Principal in Success and Unity Schools, Jos for four years. From August, 2016 to 2018, he led the project Save a Soul in Plateau, carried out by my company. Through this project, food items and sanitary materials have been distributed to some six thousand Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps in Plateau State of North-Central Nigeria. Additionally, Brice is a Youth Minister of the Church of Christ and a community leader as well. Through seminars and mobilizations, he educates the youths on issues related to corruption, alcohol and drug related problems, trauma, terrorism, and religious tolerance. These activities have helped reduced tensions caused by the several religious and intercommunity fighting. While working as Supervisor with the World Bible School in Tera, Niger Republic, Brice made all arrangements for the opening of a primary school to help street children in the community and coordinated the distribution of relief materials. Through the above engagements, Brice has developed supervisory abilities and acquired skills in educational project development and implementation, human management, psychological intelligence, and peace and conflict resolution. In a context of herdsmen-farmer clashes in Plateau State, Brice is particularly interested in peace building, food security, community development, and youth empowerment through qualitative education and entrepreneurship.