The 2013/2014 Annual School Census (ASC) conducted by the Kaduna Ministry of Education, shows that student enrolment slightly increased in private Pre-Primary, Primary, JSS and SSS schools by 12.7%, 8.5%. 7.9%and 8.4% respectively and the public JSS, and SSS by 36.2% and 47.3% respectively, while slightly decreased in Pre-Primary and Primary by 2.8% and 2.4% respectively.
With desert encroachment forcing many families, including artisans to relocate to cities like Kaduna, schools in the city are now overpopulated, which makes learning difficult.
Obviously aware that the situation shouldn’t be left in the hands of government alone, a couple of corporate organisations are taking interventionist approach to bridge the gap by partnering with international agencies to get children back to school and improve the living conditions of families in the North. One of such organisation making impact in Kaduna is Access Bank Plc.
A decade ago, the bank, in partnership with Fifth Chukker and UNICEF, began a partnership, which has raised funds towards protecting children in communities in Kaduna. These are vulnerable children, who have become destitute as a result of disease and violence.
Through its yearly Charity Polo Tournament, the bank and it’s partners strengthens the capacity of community-based organisations, families and communities, who protect and provide care to these children, through a dedicated day of fundraising.
This year’s edition of the Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament, which held recently at the Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club, Kangimi Resort, Kaduna, will serve as a prelude to the main event tagged Access Day, which will take place at The Guards Polo Ground, Windsor, UK. The Tournament brings together national and international polo players, who come to play for a cause worth fighting for.
With each year, this event gains momentum, highlighting the struggle of these three organisations, as they try to build futures for the vulnerable children of Nigeria. This high profile event also increasingly acts as a platform for influential individuals to convene, discuss solutions and drive fundraising for this worthy cause.
Speaking on the initiative, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Access Bank Plc., Herbert Wigwe informed that the bank is committed to enhancing communities through empowering individuals to forge their own paths.
“Our partnership reflects a commitment to enriching the lives of Nigerians and an acknowledgement of the impact the UNICEF Charity Shield initiative has had on the lives of the targeted children in Kaduna State and its environs. The drive to succeed and …read more
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