The NGO Concerned Parents and Educators has commenced plans for the second edition of the SAVE EDUCATION IN NIGERIA Advocacy campaign.
According to the National coordinator Mrs Kemi Koleowo, the theme for this second edition is “INSPIRING TEACHERS FOR EDUCATION TRANSFORMATION”. She stated that just like what happened in February 2020, February 2021 has been designated as Education transformation advocacy month.
She also captured some of the achievements of this remarkable online group with over 200,000 members scattered across various parts of Nigeria and abroad, some of these are:
- The Gathering (2017) a conference that provided the platform to engage key stakeholders in the Education sector.
- Free School Leaders program.
- 3 Free Parenting Seminars.
- 5 SHORT STORY CHALLENGE contest that has produced amazing writers with Cash gifts, laptops etc. as prizes.
- Donation of 5 Cerebral Palsy wheelchairs to Super parents’ group.
- Donation of N400,000 to Jesus Kids home Ibadan.
- Three years of Gift Connect for poor families during Christmas.
- Teachers Appreciation Ceremony/Award.
- The group also raised over 1,500,000 to pay school fees of children in poor communities in areas such as Agege, Iwaya, Owode Onirin, Amukoko, Badiya, Ajegunle etc.
- Audu Jiya support Fund, CPE raised nearly N200,000 for him about two years ago and has also raised over N500,000 to build him a small house in Minna. Audu Jiya, according to Kemi Koleowo who is doing amazing work with students even in a wheelchair.
- The Concerned Parents and Educators initiative also supported a conservative estimate of over 1,400 families during COVID-19. Over 6million naira was raised by the group and members of the group supported various families directly ones, it was tagged THE CPE FOOD BASKET.
- CPE also created a micro interest-free loan to enable teachers engage in business. 78 Teachers were given 20,000naira each at 0 interest rate to engage in petty business.
- CPE has also provided Support for low-cost schools in various communities. Chairs, tables, books, shelves, toys etc. were donated to schools in disadvantaged areas.
The first “SAVE EDUCATION IN NIGERIA” advocacy was held in February 2020, to agitate for tangible REFORMS in the Education sector. CPE members were in churches, mosques, markets, schools speaking on various challenges facing the Education sector.
The second edition will run through state chapters in about 25states. All states will focus on issues facing the teaching profession in their state and how teachers can be inspired to perform better to improve outcomes.