AFRICT Empowerment Initiative

...the bridge to an empowered Africa!

*AFRICT ACADEMY OF HOPE: The aim of the project is to assist and enhance existing schools in remote rural villages and help set up new ones where none exist. Our goal is to help create model schools that would set new learning standards and enable children, especially girls, from poor rural backgrounds to get an excellent education. The AFRICT Academy of Hope opens new possibilities for children and gives them and their families hope for a better future, with improved education, healthcare and economic development opportunities. The mission of the program is to enrich the lives of children in rural areas by providing access to a high-quality, well-rounded education within their village communities and in so doing to set new standards of academic excellence, to prepare the children for adult lives that contribute to the progress of their communities, to meet the health and nutritional needs of the children, and to encourage as well as help schools to improve their performance. We also seek to foster cultural understanding and interaction through shared learning experiences by selecting talented and extraordinarily brilliant children from rural schools and giving them an opportunity to attended state of the art equipped private schools through sponsorship and scholarship programs. We as well intend to task government to not only provide free basic education for all but also to ensure that atleast the basic/minimal educational infrastructure and logistic are provided, most especially in the rural areas.

 

*AFRICT ICT IN EDUCATION PROJECT: Countries where the internet and other technologies are not accessible, education is suffering, and uneducated people cannot compete in our global economy. In the past, one who could not read or write was regarded as an illiterate, today one who cannot use basic ICT facilities could equally be said to be an illiterate. Access to information holds the key to the empowerment of marginalized people, particularly youth and women and with the advent of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), access to knowledge has become a potent force for transforming social, economic and political life globally. Having recognized this, our organization is embarking upon a vigorous program to make ICT facilities an integral part of education, especially in rural areas of Africa. The information highway is leaving the African youth poorer in ICT knowledge, skills and global reach. Thousands of young people leave school with the hope of developing a career and a sustainable life that often turns into an illusion. A systematic and targeted infusion of ICTs in underserved rural communities in Africa and the consequent empowerment of youth through information and technology knowledge will serve as coup de grace to youth poverty, crime, violence, prostitution and unemployment. Students today can have access to very exciting educational software combining sound pedagogical qualities with multimedia applications. These new software packages give computers broad-based appeal serving students at all levels and with diverse learning styles and capabilities. Advances in communications technology give students access to the world outside and to a rich array of information and other resources for learning heretofore unavailable. The information revolution continues to gather momentum and wealth production is increasingly knowledge based. The role of computers in education is gradually becoming so central that over twenty years ago, Seymour Papert, when he was at the MIT Technology Lab, predicted that, “there won’t be schools in the future … I think the Computer will blow up the school, that is, the school as something where there are classes, teachers running exams, people structured in groups by age, [who] follow a curriculum – all of that”. Yet the vast majority of schools in rural Africa do not have any computers as at today. Teachers have yet to feel comfortable integrating their use into the curriculum in educationally productive ways. Substantial numbers, perhaps even the majority, of children in rural Africa have not seen and used a computer. Hence, role of computers in education and the priority they should have in the allocation of scarce educational resources is an increasing important area in educational debate. Thus, there are three main justifications for the provision of computers in school-based education:

i.)                  They can improve either the quality or the quantity (access) of education in a cost-effective way.

ii.)                ICT is likely to play such an important part in the future of any economy; it demands its own distinctive place in the curriculum.

iii.)              It is our strong view that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can only be achieved in rural areas of Africa and the 3rd world at large by bridging the digital divide.

 

*AFRICT ICT EMPOWERMENT HUBS: The overarching goal of the project is to bridge the information divide between the rural and urban populace. It is expected that this project will constitute a prototype for the reversal of underdevelopment of the rural communities due to limited or absence of access to appropriate information. Lack of ICT access disproportionately affects women and youths. In order to bridge this gap, our organization plans to set up ICT Empowerment Hubs at Local Government levels. The hubs would provide access to ICT & internet facilities, printing & photocopying facilities, computer training events & seminars targeting women and the secondary schools in and around the host community would be held regularly. ICT today is a great bridge that can lift individuals out of poverty and enlighten them, making every and any information they may require available at their disposal. Eventually, such a platform would serve a vital role in democratic reforms by the time e-governance and electronic voting systems are fully in place. It would also make voter registration, national census and other digitalized activities very effective.

 

*AFRICT E-GOVERNANCE PROJECT: E-governance is the use of ICT by different actors of the society with the aim to improve their access to information and to build their capacities. E-Governance is the public sector’s use of information and communication technologies with the aim of improving information and service delivery, encouraging citizen participation in the decision-making process and making government more accountable, transparent and effective. The project aims at promoting the use of ICT tools in municipalities to enhance good governance (record management for individuals, land, water, claims, etc.) and for creating spaces for dialogue that encourage participatory processes where they make sense, through the development of training modules for local decision-makers. In Nigeria, we intend to challenge and join the Federal Government to come up with a comprehensive document and implementation plan termed “Nigerian National ICT Master Plan 2010 - 2020 (Smarter Nigeria, Smarter People, Smarter Government!)”, so as to further fine tune the NEEDS strategy of the Federal Government in an attempt to actualize the Vision 2020.

 

*AFRICT IT2KIDS PROJECT: The ambition of this project is to make ICT affordable and accessible to children in high density and rural areas. The plan involves using four trailers, each equipped with ten computers. These are towed by one truck. Each morning a trailer is dropped off at a school and picked up again at the end of the day. Each school would have a trailer of computers twice a week. The lessons using the computers will be taught by the schools teachers who would be given a week’s course on ICT skills, teaching ICT and its use in the curriculum. This training would be provided by training instructors who would also provide ongoing support and advice to the teachers as they become confident in using and teaching with ICT. Lessons would last an hour each and students would have two lessons a week. The model enables 140 students per school, per week to have ICT lessons for two hours a week. This means that the four trailers would enable 1,400 students a week to access these lessons. If students have these lessons for a term, then four trailers enable 4,200 students to have such access in a school year. Additional access can also be given in the holidays. It is envisaged that the trailers would be used at community centers, etc. at weekends.

 

*AFRICT ICT TRAININGS, WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS: Information & Communication Technology (ICT) has become, within a very short time, one of the basic building blocks of modern society. Many countries now regard understanding ICT and mastering the basic skills and concepts of ICT as part of the core of education, alongside reading, writing and numeracy. The use of ICT cuts across all aspects of economic and social life. Technological developments in ICT are very rapid. Technology quickly becomes obsolete requiring new skills and knowledge to be mastered frequently. Adaptation is only possible when based on a sound understanding of the principles and concepts of ICT. Hence, our organization organizes periodic ICT trainings, workshops and seminars to raise public awareness on the relevance of ICT. Such trainings and seminars are also organized for civil servants and professionals as doctors, engineers, lawyers, bankers, accountants and judges to highlight the relevance of ICT in their respective professions.

 

*AFRICT MOBILE CLINICS: The Mobile Clinic Project is a street-based program that provides health & social services to the medically indigent. The mission of the Mobile Clinic Project is to improve the health outcomes and quality of life for poor, low income and rural dwelling individuals through direct basic medical & healthcare facilities, health promotion and disease prevention activities; social support and case management services.  Preventable and treatable diseases present an enormous health burden for communities in Africa. Diseases that have largely been eradicated in the developed world still have immeasurable impacts on populations living in extreme poverty in Africa. Our organization believes that primary healthcare is a basic human right, and recognizes that a healthy population is essential for growth, development, and prosperity in every society. Thus, we plan to deploy mobile health clinics and medical professionals in remote rural communities. The primary mission of the mobile clinics is to deliver basic primary healthcare to people living in rural areas that have little or no access to healthcare. Each mobile clinic will be properly equipped with basic medical testing and examination facilities that will facilitate the delivery of effective and efficient medical care. The mobile clinics will come fully operational; supplied with basic medical gadgets and health promotion materials. Our Mobile Clinic Project is designed to deliver a pro-active approach in providing life-saving vaccinations, provide treatment for basic treatable diseases, provide advice for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and to provide other basic health and medical care to Africans without access to care.

 

*AFRICT RURAL WATER PROJECT: The aim of the project is to provide safe and clean water to people in rural areas by helping dig wells and provide hand water pumps in the remotest rural parts where women and children have to walk miles to fetch a pale of clean drinking water. We further intend to task government to formulate a sustainably rural water strategy along side the urban water program.  

     

*AFRICT AGRICULTURE SUPPORT: For want of good seed, seedlings and farm tools, people are starving, for want of traditional knowledge, crops are failing. Through this program, our organization is dedicated to changing that by helping people feed themselves through encouraging peasant and mechanized farming; for, “give a man a fish”, they say, “and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.  

 

                          

*AFRICT ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: Through this program we hope to plant trees, help keep the environment clean and enlighten the public about the environment, climate change and the benefits of going green. 

 

 

*AFRICT GREEN ELECTRICITY INITIATIVE: Green electricity means electricity produced from sources which do not cause impacts upon the environment. It is a term describing what is thought to be environmentally friendly sources of electricity. Typically, this refers to renewable and non-polluting energy sources. Green electricity includes power inverters and natural energetic processes which can be harnessed with little or no pollution. Geothermal power, wind power, small-scale hydropower, solar power, biomass power, tidal power and wave power fall under such a category. Some versions may include power derived for the incineration of waste.  In rural Africa, many schools and homes do not have electric lighting. This means children cannot study after dark. Through this project, our organization seeks to bring non-grid green electricity to rural homes and schools. This will enable school children to complete assignments and continue their education beyond primary level. Electricity in schools will mean access to the web - and a world of learning.

 

 

*AFRICT COMMUNITY OUTREACH & VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: Through this program, we hope to increase community awareness, carryout baseline surveys and enlighten individuals on various issues and on their legal rights as well as finding out daily problems they face in their lives. The volunteer program further encourages young people to volunteer their spare time towards community development and betterment of the lives of fellow human beings so as to achieve a prosperous and empowered society.