The United Nations has declared November 20 as World Children’s Day, a day established to advocate, promote and celebrate the rights of children worldwide. In observance of this momentous day, OneAfricanChild Foundation was established on November 20, 2013, as an organization dedicated to promoting quality and inclusive education for children in low-income communities in Nigeria through global citizenship and peace education programs. 

Through experiential learning programs, OneAfricanChild Foundation supports learners from diverse backgrounds (aged 5-18) with tools and resources to explore their creativity and develop capacity to reach their full potential. Training programs led by the organization are designed to be participatory and learner-centered making it possible for students to acquire relevant 21st century skills as they prepare for the future of life and work. 

Since 2013, OneAfricanChild has moved from reaching two children in Lagos, Nigeria to impacting over 50,000 learners, equipping them with skills to become innovators and changemakers. Eighty percent of its learners have shown a success rate in their academics, obtaining admission to pursue higher education in Nigeria and overseas. Beneficiaries of OneAfricanChild have also established initiatives to tackle complex problems and are actively engaged as change agents in their communities. OneAfricanChild Foundation is recognized by global institutions such as UNESCO, the World Bank, Education Above All (EAA), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and several others as a result of its contribution to education and youth development. 

The Founder of OneAfricanChild, Ms. Victoria Ibiwoye credits her mother for the inspiration behind the organization, “My mother was the driving force behind OneAfricanChild. As early as I can remember, I have observed her show boundless kindness and compassion for those in need. I am blessed that because of her, I had the courage to start OneAfricanChild; an organization that has brought hope and inspiration to thousands of children and youth, giving them the torch to discover their paths to success.” The Executive Director of the organization, Mr Olumuyiwa Kotila also described his experience of collaborating with other youth changemakers as “a symphony of collaboration, motivation, and teamwork,” expressing his gratitude to the entire community for its continuous engagement to ensure all African children have access to quality education.

Members of the youth-led organization have described their experience as life-changing, fostering empathetic leadership and promoting a culture of peace and active citizenship. Several members attribute their acquisition of professional skills and global engagement opportunities to the organization’s including speaking and opportunities to participate at UN events in countries such as Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Tunisia and the United States. OneAfricanChild Foundation is widely acknowledged as a great platform to develop leadership and organizational skills, and lifelong friendships.

One of the organization’s most notable achievements is the establishment of the Graduate School support group in 2021. This initiative was aimed at assisting individuals interested in pursuing graduate education, scholarships, and funding opportunities to turn their dreams into reality. Through a combination of webinars, resource sharing as well as one-on-one support, we have managed to secure fully-funded scholarships for members of the group, raising over $850,000 in funding.

To commemorate its 10th anniversary, OAC has outlined a series of events and initiatives, including a 100 stories of Impact, Creative Learning Centre Launch in Gaa-Alanu Kwara State and the Global Scholarship Program initiative. OneAfricanChild is launching the “100 Stories of Impact” report to shine a spotlight on the profound impact it has achieved throughout the years, thanks to the remarkable contributions of its volunteers, partners, donors and beneficiaries. This report will be highlighted through the organization’s social media platforms as well as on its official website. 

OneAfricanChild Foundation Creative Learning Centre Grand Launch

For the past two years, OneAfricanChild has advocated and worked  to build a creative learning center in the Gaa-Alanu community of Kwara State, Nigeria. This significant initiative was born out of the urgent need for quality education in an area where learning has halted due to a lack of infrastructure and worsened as a result of COVID-19. Gaa-Alanu is a remote community in Malete, Kwara State,  inhabited by an average population of about 500 adults and children, faced educational challenges, primarily stemming from a lack of competent educators and conducive learning environments.

In response to this pressing need, OneAfricanChild Foundation embarked on a mission to build a school. This initiative comprised the construction of two classroom blocks, with the overarching objective of providing a nurturing and conducive learning environment for the children of Gaa-Alanu. The motivation behind this initiative is rooted in OneAfricanChild Foundation’s belief that education transforms lives and investing their education, is investing in their local community and country. This conviction fuels our passion to undertake this groundbreaking project with the support of our youth volunteers, partners, and sponsors.

We are delighted to announce that the OneAfricanChild Gaa-Alanu Creative Learning Centre reached completion on May 14, 2023. The construction of the two classroom blocks, complete with essential amenities such as windows, doors, roofing, and plastering, has transformed the learning landscape of Gaa-Alanu. These facilities not only provide a safe and comfortable space for students but also serve as a source of inspiration, encouraging them to aspire and strive for their full potential.

A significant milestone in this initiative is the partnership with LightEd to introduce a solar energy system, ensuring sustainable access to electricity. This electrification project not only powers the classrooms but also serves as a demonstration of clean energy technology, promoting environmental sustainability and reducing energy costs. On May 15, 2023, OneAfricanChild Foundation, in collaboration with LightEd, organized a STEM Education program for the Gaa-Alanu school students. The program included instructions on creating rechargeable lamps using materials such as discarded pet bottles, casings, connectors, rechargeable batteries, chargers, switches, and LED bulbs.

As the official launch of the school approaches in the second week of November, OneAfricanChild anticipates a celebratory moment with the Gaa-Alaanu community. The Gaa-Alanu Creative Learning Centre is more than just a school; it represents hope, opportunity, and the transformative potential of education for the most marginalized. The organization is eager to witness the positive impact it will have on the lives of children and the community as a whole, setting a precedent for inclusive and quality education. 

To support our mission and light the path towards positive change, contact us at info@oneafricanchild.org.

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