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1. Adult Literacy Improvement Project
In line with OST’s mission to create a society that is beneficial to the individual and one where the individual can contribute positively to the development of his/her community, OST launched its adult education in June 2011 to increase the literacy rate in Lagos and Ogun state.
The adult education provides a unique opportunity for adults that have missed out on formal education to have access to basic literacy classes, which will include reading, writing, arithmetic, general studies and science.
Till date the adult classes have reached over 5000 indigenes in Lagos state in the following local government areas: Ikoyi/Obalende, Oshodi/Isolo, Onigbongbo, Victoria island/Iru and Kosofe. In 2013, through training adult instructors from the 57 local government, we reached over 500,000 adult learners, who were taught using OST developed instructional and educational resources.
In Ogun state through the training of state adult instructors, we have reached over 10,000 adult learners, who are taught literacy using synthetic phonics and resources donated by OST in their classrooms. The adult literacy centre in Olapeleke, Ogun state has reached over 500 residents, who have now gained functional and literacy skills.
2. Enhancing the effectiveness of teachers in the Classroom: The Makaranta.NG Solution
At the Orderly Society Trust (OST), our focus for the last four years has been to increase access to high-quality education through the re-engineering of the learning process by providing requisite skills, pedagogical knowledge, content and educational resources for competency growth in teachers. We are committed to putting in place a system that can provide teachers with an array of planning, organisational, instructional and assessments skills that help them be more effective in their classrooms.
The application is currently being used in our pre-school classes in two public schools in Lagos namely Opebi public primary school and Anglican primary school Makoko. Five teachers are using the application to access instructional and educational resources to for competency growth of over 100 pupils in their numeracy and literacy classes.
The application is also being used in Ogba and Anglican primary schools, where the reading instructors are using the application to access content for their classroom and monitor the progress being made in the reading skills of over 1000 pupils.
3. The Excel Literacy Project
The Excel Literacy project was borne from the need to address the low reading and writing skills of public primary schools pupils across the country with the pilot phase being implemented in Lagos state. OST worked in partnership with the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board to implement the project in 40 public primary schools. A one-hourly extra curriculum session was dedicated to teaching phonics and grammar, so as to improve their reading and writing skills of the pupils. A specialized curriculum was drafted to ensure the children are reading independently and writing effectively after an 18 months intervention program.
After two years in the schools and owing to the success of the intervention, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board approved the teaching of phonics five times a week during Literacy classes in our 40 schools. This approval covers pupils from primary 1-3 which translates to over 50, 000 pupils across Lagos state having access to these classes.
4. Reading Clinics
According to the World Bank Development Report (2018), only 20% of young Nigerians who have completed primary education can read effectively. That means we have millions of children and young people without the necessary literacy or cognitive skills, required, entering into higher education or the workforce.
Ever than before it is highly critical that children learn to read, write and develop comprehending skill, appropriate for their age, as this is a prerequisite for success in future academic and workforce activities. We need to breed a new generation that does not just read and recite what they are taught. We need them to understand what they are being taught and can ask the why, why not and how, in order to encourage creativity, which is the bedrock of innovation and invention.
The reading clinics are currently reaching over 1000 pupils in Ogba Primary School and Anglican Primary School in Makoko, Yaba. Over 15 teachers are using the application to track the progress being made by their pupils during reading clinics.
5. The Almajiri Intervention Project
The Almajiri Intervention project seeks to address the challenge of providing access to quality basic education, especially for Almajiri children, who are presently not in mainstream schools. Almajiri children constitute the largest group of out-of-school children in Nigeria today; the number is currently put at over 9.5 million according to the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB). These numbers pose a challenge to ensuring all children complete free, equitable and quality primary education by 2030. Also to neglect this group denies the children, their fundamental rights to quality basic education. Thus, in order to reduce inequality, increase access to basic education and participate in the Every Child Counts policy of the Federal Government, OST has developed its Almajiri Intervention project, which sets out to reach 1,000,000 Almajiri children in Kano; 1,0000,000 in Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto and Katsina. These states were chosen as they have 67% of the total number of “out of school” children in the country.
This will begin the process of gradually incorporating the children into mainstream education system and the workforce (for those eligible), if and when they decide to, without prejudice to them acquiring a sound mastery of the Quran. We are currently, in initial talks with the committee start up to examine how Almajiri children could be incorporated into the every child counts policy, so Every Child has digital literacy competency to compete in the 21st century workforce.