Access to free education for poor, unsheltered children in Nigeria
From 59 to over 350 students – we support Nigerian Amina Zwindila's passion project and ensure that 350 poverty-stricken children receive an education which they would otherwise have no access to
Nigerian Amina Zwindila set up her own school, to provide free education to children who cannot afford it. This is exactly the commitment needed to push developing countries forward. Financial assistance is necessary for these private initiatives to succeed. Our support will ensure the continued work of the Amina Zwindila Foundation School.
School dedication: Andreas Galler
We thank you in the name of the beneficiaries for your commitment and your relentless dedication to this school
Nigeria – a country searching for a salvageable future
Nigeria is Africa's most populous country, has an enormous amount of natural resources at its disposal and after years of military dictatorship is slowly transitioning into a democracy. Yet the economy is at a standstill and there are still many challenges to overcome.
Ethnic conflicts between the Muslim north and the Christian/Animist south are causing extreme shortage when it comes to education. The government does not guarantee that public schools can be attended.
Together instead of egoism
In developing countries, there are those who were fortunate: they came from well-to-do families and had the opportunity to receive a good education. Many of them move abroad or if staying, live in an insulated, higher social class.
In Nigeria, the illiteracy rate is approximately 30%, with the percentage for women at 50%. Even though compulsory schooling supposedly applies in the country, approximately only 50% of school aged children attend school. Over the last 30 years, the country's investments have sunk from 12% to approximately 4%. This means that as well as not having enough space for teaching, the quality of the education is also lacking. Those who are able send their children to private schools or, even better, abroad.
In developing nations, ideally, the wealthy would start concerning themselves with the poor.
There are those who do not turn away from the suffering in their country. Amina Zwindila is one of these people. A native Nigerian, she is the founder of the eponymous Amina Zwindila Foundation School. She wishes to lighten the burden of the less fortunate and help them towards a better future.
The more people climb out of poverty, the more others will help as well.
Amina Zwindila believes that people who have received help towards better opportunities are grateful, thus passing this spirit on and helping others out of poverty.
Because of these circumstances Amina Zwindila felt the need to act. She initiated a private school project in order to create free access to education for poor children and children in need of protection. She started with a nursery group with 5 children and was able to apply for a school license after 2 years.
When the Child & Family Foundation first started cooperating with Amina Zwindila Foundation School in 2011, 79 students were enrolled. By 2019, 300 students from Jos and surroundings received a solid education here.
Sustained and long-term commitment to education
At the beginning of our cooperation, we supported the Amina Zwindila School in meeting the running costs of the school operations, such as costs for teachers, food, electricity, water and educational material. In the following years, the school project was gradually expanded.
There were missing education materials replaced, furniture renewed and expanded, new teachers set up, and a small feeding program for the nursery school children installed.
What started as a small project a visionary grew to a solid school program on its way to an independent school administration.
Property creates a clear perspective for the future
In April 2016, when we received a generous donation that enabled it to purchase the entire plot of land and the building for the Amina Zwindila Foundation School in Jos, the relief felt by the school's founder Amina Zwindila was immense.
Prior to this, the school's future as a provider of education to around 350 pupils had been more than just uncertain. The previous owner had announced plans to sell the land and property, which meant that the school would have had to halt operations. Thanks to the CFF, the school's future is now safe and Amina's hopes of helping poorer members of society to gain access to a high standard of education have finally been fulfilled.
Renovation ensures the school’s long-term existence.
However, purchasing the plot and school building wasn't the only thing on the agenda.
To provide the children with the best possible learning environment, the Child & Family Foundation didn't hang around when it came to starting with renovations
Progress raced along so quickly that the building could be officially opened and blessed as early as July 2016.
A well for clean water
As the Amina Zwindila Foundation School was built on the arid Jos Plateau, the school struggled initially with water shortages. Our project partner, the Greenfinity Foundation found a remedy: they hesitate built a solar-powered well directly within the school’s grounds, which runs cost-effective and inexpensive.
Now pupils have drinking water, there are sanitary facilities and there is enough water for keeping the school clean and tidy, which all results in preventing the spread of dangerous diseases resulting from unclean water and thus improve the pupils’ and teachers’ quality of life as a result.
A solar-powered well as a first step towards independence.
The well-construction project perused an additional intention: Water had to be bought in at a high price. The well should provide the Amina Zwindila Foundation School with a way to support itself. The water, that has flowed from the well ever since, is more than enough to supply the school. In fact, the school is even able to sell some of the precious liquid providing an additional source of income.