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    SEED C.A.R.E.S.

    EDUCATION TRANSFORMS LIVES (BUT SO DO VIRUSES)

    Today, Nigeria has the largest number of extremely poor people in the world, has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world (13.2 million) and 4 out of 5 persons aged 15-24 are unable to read a full sentence. The COVID-19 pandemic is set to make this worse.

    SEED C.A.R.E.S. (COVID-19 Advocacy, Relief, Empowerment & Support) is an intervention focused on ensuring that children get access to quality education, despite this crisis situation.

    This intervention covers 4 areas (detailed highlights further below):

    Advocating to relevant stakeholders (governments, donors/funders, financial institutions, network providers, edtech companies, etc) for support of schools that serve children from low-income families, especially in this crisis.

    Food Aid for student families and teachers, including sensitization on how to keep safe & healthy.

    Empowerment of teachers that have gone above and beyond to support children during this COVID-19 pandemic. Post COVID-19, we are also looking to empower parents to improve their basic, economic and financial literacy so they are able to keep their children in school, .

    Support to schools to ensure learning continues for their children whichever strategy they choose to use: High-Tech, Low-Tech or Zero-Tech. Schools can begin their journey with us by accessing our COVID-19 Response Toolkit, a free resource bank to deal with the current crisis and school closures drawing lessons from past crises, including the SARS and Ebola crisis.

    SEED C.A.R.E.S. is a holistic project that will reduce the impact of the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring the children from low-income families in the schools we serve continue to learn despite the crisis and post COVID-19, they are able to remain in school.

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    Highlights

    Giving Low-Cost Schools A Voice In This Crisis

    SEED C.A.R.E.S. is providing a holistic approach to challenges facing children during the COVID-19 pandemic working from an education ecosystem perspective. Advocacy sits at the core of our work, giving the low-cost private school sector a voice in this crisis as COVID-19 is placing their survival at risk. We are engaging relevant stakeholders ranging from governments, donors/funders, financial institutions, network providers, edtech companies, amongst others.

    Our most referenced advocacy article so far is: Impact of COVID-19 on Education for Vulnerable Children. SEED C.A.R.E.S articles and interventions have so far been featured in: UNESCO GEM Report ; Global Schools Forum and Dr Joanna Härmä’s Blog.

    We would love your support in helping us amplify our voice so that more and more people, organisations and governments around the world can understand the challenges the low-cost private school sector faces.

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    Aid For Vulnerable Student Families In Lagos, Nigeria

    As schools have mostly resumed remotely, we know that a hungry child cannot learn. Given the current lockdown, students (especially the most vulnerable) of the schools we support and their families in the six (6) Education Districts of Lagos State are in need of food.

    We would love your support and donations in this time – any amount can go a long way. All donations should be made to Access Bank. W-Holistic Business Solutions. 0021152480 with the narration as SEEDCARES. All the money raised will be used to buy food for student families, sensitize the parents on keeping safe & healthy and to provide Radios + Batteries so they can access the free radio education programs provided by the Lagos State Ministry of Education. 

    Learn more about our fundraising campaign here.

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    Empowerment for Teachers & Parents to Support Children

    Most teachers in low-cost private schools lost their means of livelihoods during the COVID-19 lockdown as these schools could not afford to pay salaries or could only pay a small percentage.

    Teachers are critical to ensuring learning continues for these children. However, their welfare and professional development is important. In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, the SEED C.A.R.E.S. intervention is rewarding 31 Teachers in the SEED School Network that have gone above and beyond to support children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The selected teachers will be receiving cash awards, food aid, recognition certificates and other prizes to aid their professional development as teachers.

    We would love your support and donations in this time – any amount can go a long way. All donations should be made to Access Bank. W-Holistic Business Solutions. 0021152480 with the narration as SEEDCARES. Learn more about our teacher appreciation campaign here.

    Post COVID-19, SEED C.A.R.E.S. will also looking at the empowerment of parents to improve their basic, economic and financial literacy so they are able to keep their children in school.

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    Supporting Low-Cost Schools to Ensure Children Keep Learning & Remain In School

    We are supporting our schools to ensure learning continues for their children whichever strategy they choose to use: High-Tech, Low-Tech or Zero-Tech. Our blog post highlights a simple framework for schools in: Evaluating Distance Learning Effectiveness In A Crisis.

    We have also developed a COVID-19 Response Toolkit, a free resource bank to deal with the current crisis and school closures drawing lessons from past crises, including the SARS and Ebola crisis.

    A critical consideration is that learning continuity is linked to business continuity. If these schools do not survive, learning will ultimately stop for many of its children in local communities. We have supported our schools with trainings on how to access the Federal Government of Nigeria’s COVID-19 Targeted Credit Facility. We are open to partnerships and collaborations to do more to support in ensuring continuity of their school businesses for the sake the poor children they serve.

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