Promising Practices Program

Administering Organization

OneAfricanChild Foundation

Program Name

OneAfricanChild Foundation

Program Objectives and Unique Needs Addressed

The organization identifies children and youth from economically disadvantaged communities in Nigeria and offers trainings on global citizenship education and peace-building to help them become responsible global citizens who are capable of making informed decisions and taking actions for the transformation of their local communities.

Program Description

OneAfrianChild Foundation was established in November 20, 2013 as a nongovernmental organization with the motive of supporting disadvantaged community children with leadership skills and resources necessary for them to become proactive agents of change in their local communities.

By focusing on Global Citizenship and Peace-building Education (GCED), the organization serves to transfer knowledge and skills in ethical leadership, emotional intelligence, story telling and  peace-building to learners, creating free spaces for self-expression, imagination and implementation to lessons learnt to address local issues.

The organization is 100% youth-led, working with young leaders from the community to pass on the their experience to enhance transformative and holistic grassroot learning. The name itself was borne out of the idea that we as Africans can create positive change by taking responsibility for one child at a time.

Our vision is to create a society that fosters creativity, education and innovation among young Africans.

Mission:

  • To inspire proactive contribution towards community development and education of young Africans.
  • To strengthen and build local identities. 
  • To create a new kind of education that is participatory and linked to the global community through Global Citizenship Education.
  • To help children become active participants in communal development
  • To be an organization that fosters communities of people doing great stuff

Objectives:

  • Preparing learners to address challenges and seize opportunities of the 21st century through Global Citizenship Education (GCED).
  • Introducing holistic approaches to enhance experimental and long-life learning.
  • Creating platforms for young people to apply their creative and innovative ideas in analysing local issues and developing possible solutions to address them.
  • Providing substantial learning materials and support as tools for empowerment.
  • Encouraging young people to be responsible citizens through volunteering and other civic engagements.

Criterion for Membership:

  • The single most important criterion to joining  is to contribute actively contribute to the development of African children and the African community at large.

Key objectives for membership:

  • To train and support people who are willing to foster creativity, education and innovation among young Africans.
  • To create common tasks, dialogues and campaigns to achieve our vision.
  • To provide opportunities for children and other young Africans to make real responses to local issues.
  • To inspire platforms that promotes the proper growth of the African child.
  • To develop individual abilities and dispositions so that children can become effective players in an ever-changing world.

Approach:

  • Our projects vary according to the demand and needs identified in the communities we adopt.
  • Learning is project based and 90% of learning are implemented through experentials.
  • Peer Learning : Learners are given the opportunity to observe, give feedback, guide one another and work in teams. 
  • Our volunteers serve as educators and mentors but most especially, they play the role of a coach in delivering a clear, robust and actionable feedback that empowers the student's journey and their transition into adulthood.

Resource Materials Used in Program

  1. Education for Sustainable Development Curriculum developed by OneAfricanChild Foundation.
  2. Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators - United States Institute of Peace - Middle School Edition (Global Peacebuilding Center)
  3. BUILD Model - African Leadership Academy

Groups Served by Program

  1. Underserved community children 
  2. Community Youth Leaders
  3. Educators 
  4. Public/Community Schools, in Nigeria

Program Funding

Funding is primarily raised through volunteers donations, through proceeds raised from sale of OAC branded shirts, and from partnerships.

Program Staffing and Required Staff Training

Our staff consists of 8 members on the executive board and 122 volunteers from Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Benin-Republic, Malawi and Tanzania.

In Nigeria and Kenya where we are most active, members meet every fortnight to plan ahead of future projects. Trainings are also conducted during meetings to help volunteer improve their skills as educators and change agents of their communities.

Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is carried out after project implementation. Participants are encouraged to fill an evaluation form by the organization. The form covers details about the project such as: name of participant, age, project they attendee and date. Also, other detail to gather more information on the level of participation of engagement. Questions include: How much did you enjoy today? How did you feel when you were doing the project? What was the most interesting thing you did? What did you do? (Write or Draw).  Participants are encouraged to fill the following sentences: Today I...., It made me think...., Next time I would like to try.....
Volunteers who participated in the project will also gather afterwards (online or offline) to discuss two main points - What went well? What should we do differently for next time? This is useful in celebrating the success achieved while also innovating for change.

Program Outcomes

78% of our learners have been able to apply lessons learnt to their daily lives and 60% of learners have been further engaged and empowered through our mentorship programs. 65% of the parents/guardians of our learners have also given us feedback to testify to a positive change in the attitudes of their wards. Their remarks are really encouraging and also useful to help us restrategize in delivering our project. As one parent's remarks was to include indigenous education in our curriculum to promote cultural values and teach that diversity should be viewed as a source of strength.

We have followed up with the communities we adopted and one of our partner organizations which stood out was Jumpstart Academy Africa. The scholars have initiated several projects and community outreaches to pass on what they learnt on global citizenship to empower other children in their communities. Two of the scholars (Adewale and Benedict) who were once beneficiaries of our program are now working with our organization as educators. They have also started an initiative called Go Green Africa to create a danger free society through climate  sustainability. Our goal is to use quality education to build a generation of thinkers, creators, innovators and entrepreneurs and the outcome of our program prove continually that this goal is achievable, realistic and possible.

Additional Comments

Program Contact

Victoria Ibiwoye
07038447254
victoriaibiwoye@gmail.com
www.1africanchild.wordpress.com
Operates in Nigeria, Benin Republic and Kenya

Program Dates

 Began in November 2013, currently in operation as of July 2016.