Oluwatosin Olowoyeye-Taiwo, is a 2013 recipient of the
United States Consul General Award, and a 2014 alumna of the US government-sponsored International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). Oluwatosin founded her Organisation -Street to School Initiative in 2009 to sponsor out-of-school children back to school. Through her annual education sponsorship programs and school support scheme, she has been able to donate basic educational items such as backpack, notebooks, uniform, stationary, sandal and educational toys to more than 15,500 vulnerable pupils in rural schools in Nigeria, and also, sponsored 373 disadvantaged young people to register freely for basic national examinations such as General Certificate Examination –GCE, West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination –WASSCE, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination –UTME, etc.
In 2015, Oluwatosin established a tuition-free elementary school (Comenius Primary School) solely for out-of-school, primary school drop outs in densely populated communities where accessibility to affordable/government-owned schools is poor.
The children are taught, mentored and provided learning materials and free school meal, this is to boost school attendance rate and improve learning outcome. At present, more than 200 children are beneficiaries. While a handful of other sponsored children are enrolled in schools in distant communities.
Street to School Initiative is being supported by AMAZING individuals & friends and terrific corporate organisations such as United Parcel Service, Embassy of Japan in Nigeria etc.
In 2018, after the death of one of her pupils -a 7years old girl, and the loss of two rural women and mothers of sponsored kids, Oluwatosin partnered with the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria to renovate and fully equip an abandoned (MDGs) Primary Health Care Centre in Ikola Community of Alimosho LGA, Lagos. – A community with over 500,000 residents.
Oluwatosin is a graduate of Computer Science and Social Sector Management from the University of Lagos and Pan-Atlantic University, respectively. A 2017 recipient of Yemisi-Ransome Kuti Leadership Award by the Nigerian Network of NGOs, and 2018 recipient of the Award of Excellence from Ikola Odunsi Community.
Taiwo is presently employed in the Financial Services Industry. Nonetheless, she is passionate about supporting orphans and vulnerable youngsters. She has been mentoring and teaching (Volunteer-Mathematics Teacher) teenagers for over a decade, she is actively involved in a number of humanitarian initiatives that promote learning and academic excellence.
She is a recipient of various humanitarian and academic awards including the ‘Federal Government Scholarship Award’, ‘Volunteercorps Outstanding Volunteer Award’ amongst others. Taiwo is an avid reader, dedicated teacher, conscientious and non-judgemental listener and proud coach to the next generation of bright leaders. Oftentimes Taiwo reclines to enjoy the infamous art of meditating. Her best citation is “a candle losses nothing by lighting another candle” – James Keller. Taiye is a member of Street to School Advisory Board and Girl Mentor, Sponsor, Coach and Volunteer Teacher.