Bridge International Academies Nigeria has reinstated its commitment to partnering organisations to provide education for the underserved as part of the ways to celebrate the 2023 Children’s Day in the country.
According to Bridge, beyond the potpourri of activities that come with the Children’s Day celebration, it is a time to speak and take action in the best interest of every Nigerian child.
Foyinsola Akinjayeju, managing director at Bridge International Academies Nigeria noted that there is a need to act with urgency as reports from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have shown a decline in the number of children learning in Nigeria.
“Children’s Day in Nigeria is special for us, no doubt, but we have to make it count. We have to make it count by taking actionable steps in the best interest of these children.
“A recent report by UNICEF says that only a third of 10-year-olds globally are estimated to be able to read and understand a simple written story and in Nigeria, the number of out-of-school children is at 20 million. This is alarming!
We need to act fast. Individuals, organisations, and the community at large, we all need to collaborate and give these children a life-changing education which aligns with our mission at Bridge International Academies,” she said.
To celebrate this year’s Children’s Day in Nigeria, Bridge International Academies, Nigeria has reiterated the importance of quality education for every child by organising special lessons on children’s rights, professions around the world, practical activities such as art and crafts with room for performances and display of these arts.
According to Bridge, its mission is to provide life-changing education to millions of children regardless of their socio-economic background, the language spoken at home, gender etc.
Bridge Nigeria is a network of nursery and primary schools in underserved communities in Lagos and Osun State, creating equal opportunities for children to grow while also providing access to quality education at an unbelievably affordable rate.
Speaking on how Bridge Nigeria has changed the narrative of getting more children to access quality education in its host communities, Akinjayeju added: “Since the start of our operations in 2015, we have recorded so many success stories of children who have received transformational education.