Thursday, November 27, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Our Little Heroes...

Thumbs Up To Those Children Who Go the Extra Miles to Get Formal Education... #‎LittleHeroes‬ #‎Photo‬ Courtesy: Aunty Taiye

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy #CRC25!

Today marks 25 years since the adoption of the Convention on Child Rights by the United Nations. Our Organisation, Street To School Initiative Supports the Right to Education of the Nigerian Child.
Thanks to every child sponsor

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Not Resting On



It's been some great time this year, working with and working for young people through our various education-related activities. But, we are not resting on our laurels, yet.

Thanks to all of our friends for the support. You are our heroes. Thank you!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Rural Reporter features our project for women and mothers of sponsored children

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LACK OF FUNDS, NOT SKILLS, HINDER WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN RURAL AFRICA





Tosin Taiwo is the founder of Street2School, an education-centric, non-profit organisation that provides education opportunity to children in under-served communities. A voracious social worker and volunteer, Tosin’s work is deep rooted in rural communities where she helps to provide skills and empowerment in rural communities. This experience has enabled her to understand the peculiar need and challenges of out-of-school children and women in rural areas. At present, she coordinates a mentoring program for High School girls in rural communities. Rural reporters caught up her and asked her on her work on women empowerment in rural communities and here is what she has to say:  

 
From your experience (s) what are some of the challenges faced by these women and how can these problems be addressed? Tosin: Our work with vulnerable women began some 2 years ago when we realised the need to empower women, especially mothers of sponsored children. At our resource centre, we organise skill acquisition training program for women, thus far we have trained about 60 women in soap making skills, art of machine knitting, bead making, interior decorations and computer skills. From my experience, I realised that the major challenge faced by these women in rural area is not lack of skills nor ability, but poor access to funding. Government truly need to come up with loan schemes for women in under developed communities. It would help build a stronger family, a stronger nation. It would foster business growth and development because when you invest in a woman, she feeds herself, her family, her community and her nation. Women need every support and it would not be a bad idea if every local government area operates loan scheme for entrepreneur women.  
 
Will you say that women are taking up more leadership roles in their community (ies)? Tosin: The statistics of women taking leadership roles in the community is still so insignificant, however, change is gradual. I believe we are in the change process already. The participation of women in leadership positions in the community is budding up, because there is an increase in awareness of women’s right and what the constitution says about women participation. In the community where we serve, we have women who co-direct community affairs and landlord/tenant development initiatives. We have women who are interested in competing at the next elections.  As I said earlier, change is gradual, and we are hoping that more women would surmount those factors that are responsible for low participation. Cultural beliefs, Religious Doctrines, Women’s Misconception of Politics, Gender Roles etc are some of the identified factors. We hope for change. . –


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Boys On The Street

#Reflection 

I was in a MOVING traffic, yesterday when two women ordered for bottles of water from a street  boy. Initially, I wasn't bothered, but not until...I saw the much effort of the boy, trying to catch up with fast moving vehicle. He ran so hard, but could not catch up and yet he wouldn't give up...on the express way!!!! (Just before the 3rd mainland bridge). When I couldn't hold it anymore, I had to wave him back, almost screaming. 

This morning, passing through Oshodi expressway lies a boy DEAD already and his bowl of commodities (bottled water, la casera, coke etc) were placed by his side. it's sad.

Now, the question is when are we putting an end to Trade In Traffics? I understand that the Lagos State Government has made some efforts, what if this is re-enforced?? What if the Government/NGOs come up with some empowerment schemes for these young people and street boys? What if there's a paradigm shift for these young people?. What if...what if...  I am just thinking, WHAT IF?  Those boys are empowered, equipped, enrolled in schools, TVET? What if it's our collective responsibility. #ThinkStreetBoys #ThinkEmpowerment #ThinkEducation.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ventures Africa Talks About Street2School Initiative...Pls, READ

This Nigerian Social Wrker Proves You Don't Need Wealth To Make A Societal Impact

CLICK HERE: http://www.ventures-africa.com/2014/11/this-nigerian-social-worker-proves-you-dont-need-wealth-to-make-a-societal-impact/ via @VenturesAfrica

Thank you Ventures Africa!

Girl Education: Thank You, Friends.

#CelebratingOurFriends. #Girls #Education.

...For the past 2years and 6months, we have got a Mentor and Friend who has consistently paid a monthly stipend of N10,000 each to 2girls, supporting their education programs and aspiration. Both girls were beneficiaries of our GCE sponsorship scheme..

Surprisingly, both of them got admission into the University this year! And, he is footing the bills, already. Thank you, Mr. "Anonymous". Thank you. God bless you for all you do.

Men are angels, you know (sometimes?). Most times....! :p

Equipping more girls on the street back to school. #Street2school

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Another Beneficiary Offered Admission.


Most exciting message received this evening was..

"I've been offered an admission at Adekunle Ajasin University to study Environmental Biology and Fisheries, ma..."

HUGE Congratulations to another Girl child and beneficiary of our Education Sponsorship Scheme -Bose Olorungbebe, as she climbs the next rung of her academic ladder. Special thanks always to friends who believe in our cause. ‪#‎Gracias‬.‪#‎Education‬