Children are a country’s greatest resource and represent hope for a better future. Unfortunately, profound poverty, competition for scarce resources, disease, conflict and lack of educational opportunities put children particularly in sub-Saharan Africa at extreme risk for illiteracy, illness, hopelessness and abuse.
Although basic education in low-income (public) schools in a good number of African countries is free, many parents and caregivers still cannot afford school supplies such as school uniforms, school shoes or schoolbags for their children and wards. The situation is so pitiable that some children are left to attend school in torn or undersized uniforms and shoes. Some children are forced to carry their books in paper bags, nylon sachet bags or even torn schoolbags which get damaged before they even get to school whenever there is bad weather such as rainfall.
This exposes the children to psychological damage as they are not only uncomfortable but they are mocked by their peers. This unfortunate situation also lowers their self-esteem. Self-esteem is a major issue for all school-age children. Children need the self-esteem, purpose, hope and security associated with growing up in a healthy learning environment. They should be eager to attend school not avoid school.
Save Our Needy is dedicated to the development of education in Africa. The organization staunchly supports girl-child education and constantly advocates for the respect of children's fundamental rights to education.
The organization has initiated several education programs including “Better Llife Through Education”, “One Child, One Schoolbag” and “Clothe-A-Girl For School” to promote early childhood development, encourage education among disadvantaged children particularly for the girl-child and create a conducive environment for learning.
What does your support provide?
Your support to our education programs provides children, teachers, their families or caregivers and communities with the infrastructure, training, tools, services and support they need for a better education. With your support we can provide:
Improved standard of low-income nursery and primary schools.
Classroom equipment and furniture.
Teaching and learning materials, including current textbooks, teaching manuals, writing supplies, whiteboards, etc.
Playgrounds and other recreational areas for children.
Training for teachers, principals, and child care providers.
Training of parent-teacher associations and school base management committee.