Background

A recent UNESCO survey shows that despite improvements to the country’s education system, 65 million Nigerians remain illiterate. This statistic is alarming for a number of reasons. Illiteracy has adverse impacts at both an individual and societal level. People who are illiterate are far more likely to live in poverty, facing a lifetime marred by poor health and social vulnerability. Economically, the impacts of illiteracy are also sizeable; workplace productivity, unemployment rates and even national GDP are all affected by a country’s literacy levels. With Nigeria’s illiteracy rate standing at just over 50 percent, it is a matter of national urgency that we work to redress our literacy crisis.

RUDERF’S Solution

Education cannot wait campaign (ECW)

We launched this campaign in 2016 to aid children living in rural communities with access to basic literacy skills. Through 2016 -2017 we impacted over 2000 children across 4 communities in Delta- State with school supplies and back to school aid, as well as scholarships to foster more education opportunities.

Literacy Cluster Initiative (LCI)

As innovation drives us, we have evolved into creating a more sustainable opportunity for all by setting up clusters with the aid of volunteer teachers to give more children access to basic literacy skills. This approach is cheaper and more sustainable and gives more children access to basic literacy skills.