Message From The Executive Director
Welcome to the Sustainable Education & Enterprise Development (SEED) website. As you tour our site, I hope you gain an insight of the different solutions we have to offer towards combating the global education crisis.
Any support you provide to this project will bring new educational opportunities to children from low-income families (attending public or private schools) whether it is just a piece of advice, volunteer hours, partnership, grants, sponsorships, donations, etc.
I look forward to a greater future for the children we serve.
SEED provides holistic and inclusive solutions to helping existing schools that serve children from low-income families build lasting pathways to education quality. When SEED started as a social impact program in the 2016/17 school year, we began with a pilot group of 51 schools in two (2) Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Lagos, Nigeria. By the 2017/18 school year, we served 715 schools in the six (6) Education Districts of Lagos State, and we’re on pace to reach at least 10,000 schools with more than 1 million children by 2030 in several developing countries, starting with Nigeria.
The shocking discoveries from the pilot project has fuelled our drive to scale our impact. Today, we are committed to finding a sustainable way to serve children from low-income families (attending both public and private schools) in Nigeria and other developing countries around the world.
We envision a world where all children no matter their background have access to quality education.
To positively impact the future incomes and livelihoods of today’s school-aged children through a holistic and inclusive model that impacts major stakeholders in the education ecosystem, including school owners, administrators, teachers, parents, communities, government and most importantly, the school children.
Humble Service: We meet our schools wherever they are, slums, on water, rural or urban area. We get our shoes muddy. Schools are our customers and we serve them with humility.
Hard Work/Smart Work: We work hard and smart everyday. We execute our work with world class professionalism and business excellence. Our schools deserve nothing less.
Continual Growth: We improve every school year. We work with determination to meet our goals and then stretch ourselves by raising the bar even higher.
Dream Big: We envision serving millions of children using schools as the centre of our implementation strategy. We build for scale with every idea and solution.
Integrity: We do what we say and our words match our values.
Collaboration: We are an open family with space to take on new family members to ensure we create a ripple effect of impact. We take partnerships very seriously to ensure we meet the big, hairy, audacious goals we set for ourselves.
Affordable Private Schools are a fast growing segment of private schools in the developing world. This sector creates an educational alternative to government schools for low-income families by charging low tuition fees ($3 – $15 a month) for attendance. Low-income families in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, India, Kenya, China & Pakistan enroll their children in Affordable Private Schools as an alternative to government-funded schools and private schools that are expensive relative to their income.
Affordable Private Schools for poor children are indeed sustainable. Hundreds of thousands of these schools in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are already up and running. They are managed by edupreneurs that have bootstrapped their way to three or six classrooms. Although it is hard to imagine that schools charging $3-$15 per month can cover all costs, provide a livelihood to the proprietor and provide quality education, they actually do. But we can help them do more.
Professor Tooley, the world’s foremost authority on Affordable Private Schools, concluded a seven-year study where he found put that the quality of education in the schools is substantially higher than in government schools. Children from these schools consistently scored higher on national, standardized tests than children from government schools. There is much room, however, to improve the education quality further, and school proprietors are eager to receive guidance to make such improvements.