AHF EDUCATION INTERVENTION
Arm of Hope Foundation (AHF), has since inception been actively involved in the reduction of illiteracy in Nigeria through our continuous education intervention programs where widows’ children, orphans and other disadvantaged minorities in remote communities can have access to free quality education. We understand the needs of every children for basic education, hence we organize coordinated actions such as building of new schools, renovating of old dilapidated schools, provision of back to school supplies, good drinking water, and good quality teachers who are been paid by the foundation.
The first secondary school built by the foundation was in Dogo Nahawa, Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria. The remote community was ravaged on the 7th of March, 2010 by the unwarned attack of the Fulani herdsmen, killing over 354 persons and leaving several mothers widowed, children wounded, orphaned, and internally displaced. AHF visited Dogo Nahawa community after these attack, conducted a community survey and identified the great need for educational intervention since their schools were damaged. The Arm of Hope Memorial Grammar School was constructed thereafter and all the children who had no access to education were granted free education and entrance into the school and their care givers were assured of our continued support to ensure they remain in school. AHF offered the disadvantaged children and youths free education from primary school level up till their university level.
In fulfilment of the promise made to the community with respect to their children’s education AHF later embarked on the construction of Arm of Hope Memorial Grammar School (AHMGS) Dogo Nahawa for the completion of their education.
Pictures below show Arm of Hope Memorial Grammar School in different stages.
With the AHF President for the commissioning of Arm of Hope Memorial Grammar School (AHMGS), Dogo Nahawa are the District Head, the Royal Highness, the Divisional Police Officer, Government Officials and Community Leaders
The various classes in session at AHMGS, Dogo Nahawa
The picture above show a wider view of AHMGS
The picture above show the side view of AHMGS
AHMGS Staff Room
Some of our teachers at AHMGS
Comprehensive Secondary School Amuzi, Obowo was in a severe form of neglect, when the AHF came to the school, conducted several surveys and then renovated the schools to ensure good quality education with a safe learning environment such as neat and spacious classes that would foster learning and good interactions. The students were reviewed and placed on free education.
CSS students, Amuzi, under Arm of Hope free Education
Class in session
Some of our teachers at CSS Amuzi
Apart from the two schools being managed by AHF, there are over One Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty one (1,561) students from different institutions as you can see in our beneficiaries’ page
Widows Children under AHF Scholarship in Maiduguri
AHF National Coordinator, Mrs. Millie Ogu addressing widows children who are beneficaries of AHF scholarship
Beneficiaries of AHF scholarship in University of Port Harcourt collecting their tellers from the accounts department after their fees have been paid
Beneficiaries of AHF Scholarship in University of Port Harcourt with AHF president in a show of excitement after collecting their tellers from the accounts department in Port Harcourt, Rivers State
AHF scholarship scheme beneficiaries who graduated from the University of Port Harcourt in a pose with AHF President.
Some AHF scholarship scheme beneficiaries during their graduation at the University of Port Harcourt
AHF Ambassadors with AHF President and National Coordinator
Education is very vital to the growth and development of any individual and the society at large. AHF is deeply committed to offering free access to quality education to students and it costs us between ₦75,000 - ₦150,000, to keep a student in the university for one year. It also costs between ₦75,000 – 120,000, to keep a student in a secondary for one year. There is need for adequate financing for building of well ventilated schools, for new infrastructures, educational supplies, salaries of teachers, and training and re-training of teachers to ensure that the right messages in terms of skills and information’s are properly passed to the students. We call on the government and non-governmental agencies, private organizations, and international agencies to jointly ensure the abolishment of fee paying school plans which discourage many of the low income families from enrolling their kids in school, to offer incentives, free education, and improvement in the quality of our schools. Getting enrolled into a school program is one thing, but if the conditions are not changed and made favorably many children might drop out of school still. Together we can make a difference in the life of a child by offering access to education, which ensures for a brighter future.
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