01 Jul 2018
The number of orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria has, according to UNICEF statistics hit 17.5 million, making it arguably the highest in Africa. 40% of Nigerian children aged 6-11 do not attend any primary school with the northern states accounting for the lowest school attendance rate in the country, particularly for girls. It is further estimated that about 4.7 million children of primary school age are out of school.
Every day, children are pushed into the streets to fend for themselves; children are left with no food, shelter, education hence making highly vulnerable to different societal vices.
TACF in line with its 5-point agenda is focused on providing succour, including education, mentorship, talent identification among others, for the vulnerable child in Nigeria and beyond. We believe that every child is worth investing in, regardless of the economic background. Under our Programme Educate a Child (PEC), we identified many indigent students who are out of school because they are either orphans or their parents/guardians cannot afford to send them to school. We therefore put in place a scholarship scheme pursuant to which we shall ensure they are given decent education.
To this end, with the approval of the appropriate government agencies, we adopted 2 schools in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja – the Junior Secondary School and Government Secondary School, Yangoji respectively. Yangoji is an agrarian rural community in the FCT. Under PEC, we were able to return about 24 students back to school under a scholarship scheme that will ensure that they are educated for the rest of their secondary education and possibly beyond.
On the 28th day of March 2018, TACF held the scholarship award events in the premises of the GSS Yangoji with the student-beneficiaries, their parents/guardians, government officials and the District head of the Yangoji community. (Pictures in the gallery above).