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  Nigeria has recently been said to have some of the highest numbers of out of school children in the world at well over ten million persons. The rising poverty rates do not help as good education, like most good things, cost money. Government has consistently failed to give commensurate attention to the situation, hence, the efforts at many private individuals and entrepreneurial interests in fostering solutions to the problem have been more than welcome. One of the services that have stood out in this regard of recent, thanks to coronavirus, has been the Slum2School initiative.
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The Slum2School initiative is one that has the grassroots at its heart in almost every sense. Beginning in 2012, the initiative is a volunteer-powered one with a clear focus on Nigeria’s indigent population which is by far the majority with an aim to equip them with “quality education, entrepreneurial skills, and psychosocial support” to enable them to realise their full potential and become social reformers. The initiative by Slum2School is a continent-wide movement with an aim to educate at least 10,000 children throughout Africa in their Virtual Learning Classroom and so far they have succeeded in co-opting nearly 1000 children. This initiative is so important because school children are one of the worst-hit in terms of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This enables them to go back to learning without being physically present in a classroom and also abiding by the Federal Ministry of Health’s safety guidelines pending when it is safe to return to the classroom. Also, this could be the new normal.
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The founder of this initiative, Otto Orondaam, said on his twitter page:
“Impossible is Nothing. I’m so excited to announce the launch of our first Virtual Learning Classroom in Africa. Today 948 kids can learn remotely but we want to reach 10,000kids. Kindly RT & let’s support kids across communities to learn during & after this period. #Slum2School”    
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This article was first published on 16th July 2020


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