Oando Foundation Commemorates 10 Years of Bridging the Gap in Basic Education

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Thursday, February
04, 2021 / 11:15 AM / By Oando / Header Image Credit: 
@OandoFoundation

 

 

Oando
Foundation (referred to as “the Foundation”), an independent charity founded in
2011 to support the Nigerian Government in achieving its Universal Basic
Education goals, is pleased to announce the commemoration of its tenth (10th)
year anniversary on February 4, 2021.

 

The
Foundation was established in 2011 by Oando PLC, Nigeria’s leading indigenous
energy solutions provider, with a mission to radically improve the quality of
teaching and learning in Nigerian public primary schools by ensuring access to
world class basic education systems. Our vision is to create a sustainable and
successful educational system in Nigeria that educates and empowers children.

 

Rooted in
our belief that the future of the nation and Africa depends on our investment
in human capital is also the realisation that children represent the future and
basic education in Nigeria needs support and intervention from the private
sector, as the Government alone cannot bridge the gap in access to quality
education across all levels.

 

Over the
last 10 years and through our flagship Adopt-A-School Initiative (AASI), the
Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to actualising every child’s right
to quality education by working with multi-layered stakeholders, using
integrative and participatory approaches to increase learning opportunities for
children in public primary schools in marginalized communities across Nigeria.
The AASI is an integrated and holistic school improvement model that comprises
infrastructural development, teacher training, digital literacy, early
childcare education, scholarships, stakeholder/community capacity building and
other programmes geared towards improving access to quality education.

 

Commenting
on the landmark celebration, Adekanla Adegoke, Head, Oando Foundation said: “The
celebration of our 10th anniversary presents a unique opportunity to reflect on
the journey so far – our successes, challenges, lessons, and impact. We also
consider it a time to deeply appreciate all who have supported the Foundation’s
work in diverse ways through the decade; especially our employees (past and
present), Board of Trustees, partners, sponsors, volunteers, mentors, Federal,
State and Local Government Education officials, and programme beneficiaries for
their invaluable support and collaboration in the execution of our strategic
objectives. As an organization we have evolved, rising to the challenge where
cynics abound, exercising faith in the possibility of a transformed public
education system; working and collaborating intentionally to see this become a
reality. Today, we may not be nearer the end of our nation’s educational
challenges, but we can proudly join others to say that Oando Foundation has
indeed made a difference. We look forward to the next decade with great hope
and a renewed commitment to do more
.”

 

Our theory
of change is predicated on the belief that improving the quality of basic
education in Nigeria requires a multifaceted approach focused on whole school
development, deploying an ongoing engagement with adopted schools for several
years, rather than a one-off donation experience. This approach has led to our
successful adoption of 88 schools across the nation, building and renovating
249 classrooms and Early Childcare Centers, enrolling 60,955 out-ofschool
children (OOSC) with a cumulative retention rate of 77%, the establishment of
39 ICT centers, upskilling 2,832 teachers and 210 headteachers via our teacher
training programme, empowering local communities to support school improvement
processes, to name a few.

 

The
sustainability of Oando Foundation’s Adopt-A-School model is hinged on
effective community engagement and stakeholder partnerships both locally and
internationally. Notable amongst these are partnerships with Japanese based
company Sumitomo Chemical Company to establish ICT Centres in public primary
schools across Nigeria; Educate A Child to support the enrollment of
out-of-school children; The Education Partnership, amongst others.

 

Commenting
on the milestone celebration, Dr. Adeyemi Adeyemi, Implementing Partner, said, “It’s with pleasure that we celebrate Oando Foundation at 10. We are
implementing partners to the Foundation across 6 states of the Federation – Kwara, Sokoto, Katsina, Ekiti, Kaduna and Plateau States. The Foundation has
done and continues to do so much across these states all towards making the
school environment safe for learners. They provide capacity building for
teachers to improve their teaching skills, enable community members demand
accountability as well as support school improvement programmes. They are building
infrastructure including boreholes, toilets and wash bays. One of the benefits
of the sanitation projects they implemented is that it ensured we adopted
regular handwashing practice even before the COVID-19 pandemic, all as a result
of the foresight of the Foundation. We are proud to be a part of their success
story
.”

 

Xiaou
Shubata, from Sumitomo Chemical, Tokyo Japan said, “We thank Oando
Foundation for their partnership with us to in realizing our wish of improving
the education standards for children in Africa. We have built centres for
computer education through this partnership and provided children in Nigeria
with much-needed ICT skills and knowledge. Our latest project – Clean Our World – is geared towards helping children in Lagos learn about environmental issues
and utilize plastic waste for recycling to make their neighborhoods cleaner and
safer. Happy 10th year anniversary Oando Foundation
.”

 

Another
partner, Educate A Child Foundation, represented by Yassin, the Technical
Director, complimented the Foundation, saying, “On behalf of the Education
Above All Foundation and Educate a Child programme, I would like to
congratulate Oando Foundation on its 10 th year anniversary. We are very proud
to have partnered with Oando Foundation on a project to enroll over 60,000
out-of-school children in Nigeria and by the end of the project we were able to
keep 80% of these children in the school. Together we provided training to over
2,800 teachers, over 1,700 community members, and over 340 school supervisors.
Over the past 3 years, our projects have enabled the construction of 118
toilets, 25 water points, and refurbished 37 schools. Again, congratulations
Oando Foundation on your 10th year anniversary and we wish you all the very
best as you continue to provide education for the most marginalized children
.”

 

Modupe
Olateju, Managing Director, The Education Partnership (TEP) said, “It is a
real pleasure to celebrate the achievement of Oando Foundation over the last 10
years of its existence. My colleagues and I had the distinct pleasure of
supporting the Foundation in 2013 and we have continued to work in close
alignment with them since then. The Foundation’s excellent work in education is
felt by thousands of teachers and learners they are supporting across Nigeria.
I wish the Foundation many more years and decades of impact
.”

 

In
commemoration of its anniversary, the Foundation announced the revamp of its
website and the inclusion of new features, all of which can be found by
visiting www.oandofoundation.org; furthermore, over the last 10 years the
Foundation has made the following impact in the Nigerian education sector:

 

1.     
Adopted
88 schools nationwide. 

2.    
Enrolled
60,955 out-of-school children (OOSC) with a cumulative retention rate of 77%

3.    
Built
and renovated 249 classrooms and 5 Early Childcare Centers

4.    
Reduced
levels of truancy (teacher and student) through the construction of potable
water supply and sanitation facilities, including 118 toilets, 35 motorized
boreholes and 26 wash bays to support sanitation and hygiene amongst children.

5.    
Improved
Digital literacy and learning through the establishment 39 ICT centers
supporting increased access to learning with educational software.

a.    
In
partnership with Government Education Managers, we upskilled 2,832      teachers and 210 headteachers via our
teacher’ training programme improving their subject content knowledge and
pedagogical practices.

6.    
Distributed
over 25,000 teaching and learning aids.

7.    
Provided
support to 1,731 School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) members, 212
Education Management Information System (EMIS) officers and 170 school support
officers, improving their functionality through education data management and
evidence -based planning.

8.    
Awarded
1,153 scholarships to brilliant, under-served children from our adopted schools
to transit and complete secondary school.

 

Speaking on
the future plans of the Foundation, Adekanla Adegoke, said, “Today, we are
faced with a new set of challenges occasioned by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recovery of the education sector would necessitate positive disruptions to the
status quo. We recognize the urgent need for increased allocation of public
resources and the unique role organized private sector can play through
strategic partnerships that leverage technical expertise and resource
mobilization opportunities. Synergy among all stakeholders – government,
private sector and civil society is critical for mutual accountability,
optimizing economies of scale, and avoiding duplication of efforts across all
levels. Oando Foundation remains committed to strategically engaging government
on emerging opportunities for large-scale impact, accelerating digital learning
opportunities in our schools, deepening direct programme interventions, strengthening
partnerships and advocacy efforts, and scaling existing initiatives for more
impact
.”

 

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