One Kid A Year (OKAY) and Annual Solve A Problem (ASAP) Community Outreach Initiatives
As a high school student at Edokpolor Grammar School, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, I met some intelligent kids who dropped out of school because their parents could not afford the school tuition or examination fees. Personally, I was fortunate enough to have a father who was not well-to-do but could afford to pay my tuition and buy my school books.
Whenever I remember those high school friends that dropped out, something tells me that there are still millions of students out there today in the same situation. Those experiences are the drivers behind this commitment to give back to the community and to help provide opportunities to some unknown child – some kids somewhere just need a helping hand to put them on the right path to a better future.
As a community outreach initiative, we target financially disadvantaged students with outstanding academic performance. Also, we provide support for students (others) who can identify a problem in their communities and proffer creative/innovative solution(s) to solve the problem.
Our One Kid A Year (OKAY) initiative will provide academic financial assistance to pay for a High School Student’s tuition and books for the year. We believe that academically assisting one child at a time will help in the overall development of our community.
Some of the criteria we use to identify who receives the assistance are:
1. Must be a High School Student from Grade 9 – 12 (JSS 3 – SS3)
2. Currently attending Edokpolor Grammar School, Benin City (In the future, other students may be considered under special conditions)
3. Verifiably demonstrated Academic Excellence in the prior 1-2 years
We believe that there are young creative and innovative people that can come up with ideas to solve societal problems. With our Annual Solve A Problem (ASAP) initiative, we tap into their creativity and encourage them to positively channel their ideas.
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