The Classroom to Community (C2C) Network

Research has highlighted many of the problems faced by students, families, and public school administrators in the Nigerian primary and secondary education systems. A lack of adequate resources, curriculum and professional development together with unsafe infrastructures have created a learning environment that is not conducive to students’ engagement and motivation to learn.

Yet when students drop out of school, it eventually impacts their families and entire communities too, because they lack the skills for enterprise or employment and are unable to contribute to the local and state economy. This contributes to a cycle of poverty that is being passed on from generation to generation.

The goal of the sustainable and scalable C2C Network is to break this cycle and re-invigorate Nigeria’s lagging education system by using local and global human, financial and technological resources to improve stewardship, student outcomes and infrastructure in public, primary and secondary schools.

The C2C Network will offer pro bono technical assistance to schools to help them develop the capacity to effect and maintain sustainable change, working with the following stakeholders: Principals, Teachers, Students, Families, Community members and Policy makers.

To improve stewardship, the C2C Network supports education leaders and administrators in their professional development and equips them to lead their schools in becoming student-centered, outcome-based, inclusive and high quality learning environments. We will provide school administrators with training focusing on leadership and resource management, connecting them to the national and international education community to share learning, and link each school with opportunities for local and international monetary support through grants and awards.

To improve student outcomes, their attendance and retention rates will be measured at aggregate national data level and used to identify areas for teacher professional development and administrative resource allocation, for which the C2C Network will offer supplementary training, including exposure to national and international best teaching practices.

To improve school infrastructures, the C2C Network will work with school administrators, teachers, parents and community members to source supplementary funding, so that students can learn in safe and adequate facilities and additional counseling and support services can be offered to students such as girls who experienced violence and those from extremely poor backgrounds.

It is our belief that investment in education in Nigeria is an investment in the future for Nigeria. As we begin to identify ‘best practices’, anecdotally and through compilation of tangible programmatic data, our hope is that the Classroom to Community (C2C) Network will become a national model for improving the quality of the public school system in Nigeria.

 

C2C Network School

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Students at Idogbo Junior Secondary School, Benin City. 1700 students, 7 teachers, 207 students per class.

 

Idogbo Junior Secondary School was established in 2005 and is led by one Principal and two Vice Principals. The school has a population of about 1700 pupils for 7 teachers and 5 supporting staff, with 207 pupils per class. The school is lacking in classrooms and basic amenities such as water and toilets and urgently needs a new door.

 

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Not enough chairs and desks, some students have to sit on the floor

 

Inventory of Needs

  • New classrooms to reduce the number of pupils in a class
  • Toilet facilities
  • Science laboratory
  • Books for each classroom library
  • Borehole (for clean drinking water)
  • Playground equipment
  • Doors
  • Computers
  • New roofs