PURPLE HERITAGE: OUR EDUCATIONAL HERITAGE.
Jean Jacques Rousseau, a Geneva Philosopher said We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education.
The importance of Education in Nigeria cannot be over emphasized and that is why Tabitha
Heritage Foundation is committed to help develop this sector.
We are looking at it holistically especially the primary and secondary education in the rural
areas of the country.
This is borne out of the fact that the rural areas have little or no access to education or internet
The data and facts available to us indicate that Over the last decade, Nigeria’s growth in population has put immense pressure on the country’s resources and on already overstretched public services and infrastructure and With children under 15 years of age accounting for about 45 per cent of the country’s population, the burden on education and other sectors has become overwhelming.
Forty per cent of Nigerian children aged 6-11 do not attend any primary school with the
Northern region recording the lowest school attendance rate in the country, particularly for
girls. Despite a significant increase in net enrollment rates in recent years, it is estimated that
about 4.7 million children of primary school age are still not in school.
Increased enrollment rates have also created challenges in ensuring quality education and of
students. It is not rare to see cases of 100 pupils per teacher or students sitting under trees
outside the school building because of the lack of classrooms.
Even the Nigerian government set up the Universal Basic Education to fight illiteracy and extend
basic education opportunities to all children in the country, but the number of schools, facilities
and teachers available for basic education remain inadequate for the eligible number of children
and youths. This is more so in urban areas where there is population pressure. Under these
conditions, teaching and learning cannot be effective; hence the outcomes are usually below
Many children do not attend school because their labour is needed to either help at home or to
bring additional income into the family. Many families cannot afford the associated costs of
sending their children to school such as uniforms and textbooks.
For others, the distance to the nearest school is a major hindrance.
Even when children enrol in schools, many do not complete the primary cycle. According to
current data, 30% of pupils drop out of primary school and only 54% transit to Junior Secondary
Schools. Reasons for this low completion rate include child labour, economic hardship and early
marriage for girls.
The result of recent study shows that ICT facilities are not readily available in the schools
It also shows that most of the schools are not connected to the internet.
Schools with computers do not have the relevant educational software required by their
In addition, the computer available in these schools cannot meet the need of the large
population of students in these schools. Some schools with internet connectivity have been cut
off because they have not been able to pay their access fee.
That there is low level of ICT utilization in our secondary schools
A majority of primary schools, especially in rural areas, lack water, electricity and toilet facilities.
For example, on average, there is only one toilet for 600 pupils in the primary school system.
In view of these and many more Tabitha Heritage Foundation is poised to work with the template of the
Child friendly school concept of UNICEF which focuses on the reconstruction of dilapidated school
buildings and construction of new ones, supply of desks and other needed furniture as well as the
provision of toilet facilities. We also will look into establishment of Community E library to make
learning easy for the rural people.
Consequent upon this, we solicit your support in making this dream a reality as we cannot totally
depend on Federal Government to rehabilitate our educational sector.