Rewarding Excellence Phase 2: Funding education using SBD to provide educational materials to assist poor students/Meet-ups

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Funding of education in Nigeria is grossly inadequate, from the federal level down to the states and local government. Most states and local governments are owing salaries of teachers up to 13 months. The same states are said to be running free Universal Basic Education (UBE).

The government of Nigeria believes more in spending huge sum of money on travelling and other things negleting education. This reflects in the budget where education received much lower than 26% as recommended by the United Nations with the **2018 budget having 7% allocation for education ** Ref 1.

The Universal Basic Education, as run by many states, is mandated to provide free education to students from Primary 1 to primary 9 within the ages of 6 -15 years. However, there are serious challenges with the UBE program in many states of the Federation Ref 2

Children are made to go to school compulsorily and left uncarted for with no books, lockers or chairs. The classes are over loaded with students above 100 in a class. Worse still, some students copy notes on the floor from the board while others without notebooks watch. The overpopulated class can lead to health hazards or disasters. Majority of the children's parents cannot afford to pay their fees. Neither can they buy books, textbooks nor even school uniforms. A mere look at the children shows you what poverty is because its written all over them. A touch from us will change lives.

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Poverty in Nigeria is endemic and has eaten deep into the lives of Nigerians. It is reported that over 112million (67. 1%) of the country's total population of 167 million live below poverty line as the world global poor hits one billion mark Ref 3.

As a Nigerian, living in Nigeria I think the figure given above is wrong because those that can afford two or more meals a day are not up to 20% of the total population from my findings and observations. That's my definition of poverty.

If people find feeding difficult, then how can they afford to pay for education?

What the blockchain can do.

Funding projects in Nigeria is very difficult and nearly impossible to achieve. Getting across to donor agencies is quite difficult and most agencies don't believe your project is real or will be accomplished. I believe with steemit we can do this by using steem backed dollars (SBDs) to achieve this feat, reaching out to the less priviledged in our society. I am looking forward to see our little ones steeming as members of this platform from our generous assistance of keeping them in school by providing educational materials. This will go a long way to build the confidence of the masses in cryptocurrency even in this trying time when the price of cryptocurrency is dwindling.

When people are struggling to stay alive. Despite the free education as said by the government, the students still pay fees per term and buy lockers, chairs, notebooks and textbooks for themselves. It is only free as stated by the government but in real terms it is not actually free.

I paid a visit to some schools around and discovered how bad the students are faring. Visting the Governmnent Secondary School, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, the UBE section was appauling. Students were jampacked in a class with over 100 (instead of 30 students maximum) students per class and majority not having uniforms. Some had no lockers, over half of the class had no excersice books for copying notes from the board and most of them were seating on the floor to write. Look at the school bags some students are carrying from the picture below you'll understand that they are carying only empty school bags.

Over populated classroom with over 100 pupils

Students copying notes from the floor

Our action plan

  1. Provide branded excercise books for the students carying steemit logo design, website, my handle names and those of sponsors. From my findings the school has a population of about 2500 students. I would want to see the possibility of giving each student at least 2 note books. This means that I'll need to produce 5000 note books to achieve this. We will try to produce at least 1000 copies.
  2. Provide at least 5 lockers and chairs per class briging it to total to 50 lockers and 50 chairs
  3. Make a banner with information about steemit on it to create awareness about the platform.
  4. Have a meetup with academic and non-academic staff in the school, including the senior secondary section. The target is to introduce over 50 persons to the steemit platform. Action speaks louder than voice, you know. Handing out educational materials to the students will make the staff curious and want to join.
  5. Provide light refreshment to the teachers (about 30 to 60 staff), who will attend the meetup.
  6. Production of handbills to be distributed to people to advertise the steemit platform.
  7. Hiring of projector for the meetup presentation.

The cost of the project

  • Branded steemit execerise book: production cost of one excercise book is N100. One thousand exercise books will cost N100,000 (100SBD).

  • Lockers and Chairs: The production of a locker and chair will cost N7000. For 50 lockers and chairs, that will total 7000 *50 = N350, 000 (350SBD).

  • LIGHT refreshment: . Soft drinks: 3 crates * 3000 = 9000 (9SBD).

    Snacks: 60 pieces of doughnut at 100 each. 60 * 100 = N6000 (6SBD).

  • Banner: A large sized banner will cost about N8000(8SBD) to produce.

  • Handbills production: 500 copies will be produced to reach out to those within and outside the school for N8000 (8SBD).

  • Hirring of projector cost is N7000(7SBD).

  • Grand total: 100 + 350 + 9 + 6 + 8 + 8 + 7 (SBD'S) = 488SBD

The total cost for this project will be 488SBD.

Note: Every money realized will be used solely for this project and nothing else. A transparent breakdown of how money realised was spent with pictorial evidence and receipts (if necessary) will be presented to us in another post for the completion of the project. The actualization of this project depends solely on your upvotes and resteem of this post

Sponsors

@redfishpillar @maryfavour) (@maryfavour) contributed 7SBD to assist in achieving this project. You can also be a sponsor by upvoting and resteeming this post.

We would appreciate your kind and generous contribution(s) towards the successful actualization of this project.

Project partners

@eugenecr7, @maryfavour, @trendyevents, @justiceoses

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This is a great work you are doing out there please keep it up. Don't forget this God is faithful and would never forget your labour of love.

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Amennn! Thanks for your prayers and I promise not to fail you guys

I know for a fact that education is power. I applaud your work in helping these precious children. Thank you for your efforts and sharing this project with us. If you have not already, you may wish to contact @youarehope.

G-D bless you and each of the little ones.

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@sgt-dan, i like your person. I try most times to imagine the world without education. I am sure most of our parents wouldn't have been given birth to before we. Thanks for the help, i will contact @youarehope. God bless us. I pray we actualise our target of reaching this children at their needs.

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Thanks @lindahas, i am glad my post was selected. I am hoping my post gets the 100 whaleshares vote this night. Thanks

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It did! You can see the officialfuzzy vote right there! I admire what you are tying to do, I have been helping out a similar project on steemit for half a year now and I think you have a solid plan as well as a good heart. Hope it goes the way you plan and much further!

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Bravo! You have got a big heart and thanks for your support. I have learnt a lot from you guys and hoping to do more God willing

This is a useful project. Education of the people is a sure way of getting them empowered for the future.

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@greenrun, education is a sure way of empowering the youths who are said to be the leader of tomorrow. I humbly rely on your upvote and resteem sir and Ma to achieve this project

what a great cause! upvoted and resteemed. Our children are the future of not only the human race but also our planet. I'm glad to give to those children. Amazing work!

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Thanks for your support @amariespeaks. Thank you also for believing in us and for your generous support

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you're very welcome!

Education is our provision to face change, as well as the development of the world. 🙂

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Well said @hidayat96, education is the hope of the common man. Ignorance they say is worst than a disease. That's why i thought it wise to help by providing assistance to the poor that cant afford to get exercise books and lockers. Also organise meet ups in the school to bring newbies into steemit in the same school.

I will like to express my profound gratitude for the time being for all your encouraging comments and supports and to those that upvoted and resteemed this post God bless you all.

I will also want to appreciate @maryfavour a sponsor of this great project, she supported this project with 7sbd just to encourage me after speaking her about this project even before making this post and now she added 3sbd as an increase to her initial support totalling 10sbd from @maryfavour as her support and her 5dollar upvote on this post. God bless you mightily for this generous support, hoping to see you voted as one of the top 50 steemit wtiness. I would also want to appreciate @stadex for supporting this project with 2sbd i will include your name as one of the sponsors of this project. Thank you and God bless you too immensely. In my progress report i will state all the support gotten which includes all i have mentioned so far.

I've upvoted your post fully, hoping that you will get the necessary funds to provide those kids with a better future!

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Thanks a billion for your support. I hope too i get the funds needed for this project so that the children can be fulfilled @alvinauh

Children are made to go to school compulsorily and left uncarted for with no books and no lockers or chairs and classes are over loaded with students of above 100 in a class.

It is totally unacceptable to have more than 35 students in a classroom. In Shalom Academy Nsukka, where I thought high school students Biology (about 200 of them), they were distributed into 6 classes (S.S.S 1 A -F). I even learnt that, ideally, a class size should be 25 to 30 students.
For the Universal Basic Education (UBE) program to be successful, learning facilities & conducive environment (not students sitting on the floor) needs to be on the priority list of all stakeholders. Let's make it happen for the students of Government Secondary School (GSS) Mararaba, Nasarawa State.

@maryfavour & @redfishpillar.

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My dear the ideal classroom size is maximum 30 but most schools don't keep to it. There is an office/inspectors in- charge of checking all this in schools from the Ministry of Education but they will never do it. They prefer going to schools and asking for packages from the school than doing their jobs. Its just a pity. I pray this project gets all it needs so that we can reach to the children in the school to make a positive impact in their lives.

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Wow! Thanks a billion for resteeming my post @msp3k

Godbless your heart ❤

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Thanks a billion@gwenbyyy

Nigeria our country, God help us

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May God bless Nigeria. But it is up to you to make Nigeria better. Every one of you is either part of the problem or part of the solution. The choice is yours.

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@stadex, you are very correct. My target in life is to make impact in the life's of Nigerians. Thats the path i have chosen which is to be part of the solution by helping this poor children, thereby soliciting your generous assistance to raise funds in producing branded steemit exercise books, construct lockers and chairs solely for their benefits.

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@nathanonliner, thanks for your comment . I like to borrow the word or slogan used by my friend @sunny4glow and Nigerians presently #letyourvotecountnotyourprayerpoints# . I will rephrase it by saying let your action count and not your prayer point. God will not come from heaven to help us until we help ourselves by doing the right things always. Thanks for your comment bro.

Good job buddy keeps it up.

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Thanks a billion @naimbiswas

great initiative! Steem on! God Bless!

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Good luck with this project! Upvoted :)

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I am very grateful for your support @ crystalpacheco30

Resteem and upvoted ..

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Awesome goals and plan you have and I am sure you will make it!

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Yeah! Yeah!! I am very willing to fulfill all my goals and plans and i am sure with your assistance i will get there @kubbyelizabeth

That's an amazing idea. Supporting education is a must! Children are our future, so if we want it to be bright we have to help them! Good luck. Best wishes, Sveto.

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Thanks for your encouragement @dwarfche. Any country that refuses to invest in children's education is heading towards destruction.

Your doing a good job...am a Nigerian also and I kw how education is in Nigeria..ita not easy at all.no adequate fundings at all... upvoted

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@drillzablaze, thank you for your comment. I am sure we get there soon as a country if we start doing things rightly. Our prayers will not do it but our actions

488SBD is reasonable to improve the lives and educate so many people over the longevity of the items that will be bought. Great way to help the school!

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Thanks a lot for supporting my ideas and budget. It took me about a month to get to this stage. I want to see the total completion of this project by God grace. With you all i am sure i will get there. Thanks once more

if you want to succeed believe in education

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The key to success is education. How do you interact or communicate in this world? Education gives us an edge over others. Thanks for tour comment @muqarrabshah

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no need to thanks buddy love this Work

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Thanks buddy for your love

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appreciate that (y) @eugenecr

i love your good heart for our community. education is a key to a brighter citzen

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You can say it again! Education is a sure key to brighter life @wanasoloben

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This is an awesome project! I hope your goals are met beyond your expectation! G-d will always show up where the love is! The world needs more selfless people like you!!! I am donating 3 sbd to your cause. It is not much now but in time I would love to be able to help fund more! Much love!

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Wow! I dont know how well to say thank you. Thank you so much for believing in me and my project and touching the lives of the children through your generous support

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my generosity was just a reflection of yours! I am happy to help when I can, and I will be in touch! Keep steemin! I pray that my 3sbd is just a start at the abundance you receive for this project and many more that come after!

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Your generosity is unquantifiable. Thanks for your commendation and support and I will say a big amen to your prayers. Thanks once more. Gracias! @charisma777

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I have faith that you will exceed all of your dreams for the children!!! Thank you for being you! If more people across the globe had a heart of helpfulness, we could achieve so much more as people! Love is the answer, Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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Yeah! Yeah!! Love is truly the answer. Happy Valentine's Day to youu. Have fun

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The total cost for this project will be 488SBD.

This is a laudable project. It is worthy of emulation.However, I will suggest that you do them in batches based on realized funds so that it doesnt overstretch you.

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Thank you for the advice, i am already considering it. Gradually i will get there @turpsy