STEAM For The Rural Kids
Skill based education and self-development have been the core of impact at The Innovative Child Network (TiCNetwork) with the foremost goal of global acceleration via one empowered child capable of first, leading themselves with the knowledge gained and further, the society. In sync with the vision and values of TiCNetwork aligned with the SDG4, EmpowHER2LEAD, is an initiative of TiCNetwork to immerse young secondary girls in entrepreneurship and leadership.
The 6-day High School Summer Camp Leadership and Entrepreneurship training had the sole objective of spurring the girl child towards personal leadership and social development in the following skillset Transformational Leadership, Bracelet Making, Copywriting, Catering, Smartphone, Graphics Design, Video Editing, Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership. The maiden edition of EmpowHER2LEAD was targeted at reaching 50 female students and was hosted at Community Secondary Commercial School, Ifiayong Usuk, Akwa Ibom State
TiCNetwork Volunteer Mentor Miss Chika Ike-Ojukwu, facilitated two sessions on “Transformational Leadership”. The in-door session with Miss Chika Ike-Ojukwu taught the meaning of Transformational Leadership, who a leader is, the difference between a leader and a transformational leader and the characteristics of a transformational leader. The outdoor session saw the girls actively participating and showcasing the skills of a transformational leader (Team spirit, Critical thinking, problem solving, time management)
Miss Dorcas Robin, the CEO of Doro Beads; a Fashion Brand that specializes in the production of fashion accessories, taught the girls “Bracelet Making”. The students learnt the step by step of how to make a beaded customized bracelet and Shamballa bracelets, and creatively utilize the materials provided to make waist beads, necklaces and earrings. They also learnt the business of the skill as Miss Dorcas wrote out a list of items needed for the production of beaded accessories
Mr. Samuel Nwisabari mentored the students on the elements of a good design different design apps, they also learnt how to design with the Canva app as he took them on a “Smartphone Graphics Design” session. The training for the day was wrapped up with a top notch “Video Editing” session by Mr. Worth Peter.
With the current pandemic and increased globalization, there is a great deal of competition in Content development and Copywriting skill is in high demand. A “Copywriting session” by Miss Joy Ekpenyong, a copywriter and an intern at TiCNetwork lectured the student on the basic of copywriting.
Miss Queenpraise Uzoma the CEO of Nk’s foods educates the students on “Entrepreneurship”, and how to utilize opportunities to make earns meet with a practical session as she taught the girls how to make “American Pancakes”.
As part of the program for the event, EmpowHER2LEAD saw the graduation of 38 female students. The students gave intriguing feedbacks on what they learnt throughout the program through sticky notes. The students were grouped into 5 as they played the Word Game and exhibited their bead Bracelets for the vice principal, Mr. Udeme, Mr. Joseph, Mr. Matthias and Miss Enobong, sponsors, facilitators and mentors.
Outstanding students were also presented with gifts. Miss Blessing gave a wonderful book titled “Girl’s Entrepreneur by Ibukun Awosika” to the overall best student. Miss Chika also gave out 10 copies of her book “Dream to a Reality” to 10 outstanding students. Sanitary pads were also given to the student’s courtesy of Mr. Loveday and Mrs. Otobong KenJoshua.
This year, #1Child1Book 2020, in line with the United Nations’ (UN) #SDG4 (aimed at providing quality education for all) #1Child1Book #ForEveryChild started a 5-month campaign which begun on the 2nd of January 2020.
To celebrate the successful online fundraising of N204,521 and the collection of 352 books in the first phase of our 1Child1Book Campaign, we held an online essay competition, with cash prizes for the top 3 entries; and on May 27th with virtual celebration on Children’s Day on Facebook Live which had 7 speakers, and was watched by 600 viewers from 7 different countries.
In the second phase, 352 Text Books and notebooks were given out to 290 Kids from 7 private schools, and 2 public schools in 8 rural communities in Akwa Ibom states. This also included partnership with an organization; Schools on The Street Initiative to distribute 157 Text books from the 1Child1Book Literacy campaign to schools in Lagos.
We are planning 1Child1Book Campaign 2021 and we would need partnership from various local and international organization to assist in fundraising and donations of Educational resources (Novels, reading text on STEM, Art, Humanities and Art craft for kids between the age of 5 to 17) so we can expand our impact to more kids in different part of the countries.
#1Child1Book is an educational initiative of The Innovative Child Network aimed at providing Educational resources for children within the ages 5 to 17 years, while giving them access to skill-based Education and providing solutions to issues in the community through educational leadership and capacity building.
The Maiden edition (2019) of #1Child1Book Literacy campaign improved literacy ability of over 200 rural children in Akwa Ibom State (one of the Niger- Delta state in Nigeria, West Africa).
The #1Child1Book 2019 campaign project rounded off with a huge children’s day celebration for over 200 children in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. 150 children were given text/ reading books and some for their libraries. Two kids were sent back to school with all relevant school materials.
Learn with Coursera Program
We are excited to announce that we are a beneficiary of Coursera’s Social Impact Initiative. TiCNetwork has been granted access to over 4,000+ courses on the Coursera platform ranging from Coding, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Animation, Drawing/Painting, etc. to students ages 9 to 17 years.
Notably, our partnership with Coursera was initiated over LinkedIn, and then brought to fruition over further discussions. Students within these age ranges have presented the opportunity to grow themselves professional by giving them access to courses curated by top universities and experts. They get to learn at their pace, improve their skill, and get certified, with our mentors on standby to offer assistance.
With this successful partnership with Coursera, kids from our just concluded 3-month TiCNetwork mentorship class had access to online learning resources and skill-oriented courses. Our first cohort of 50 students has autonomously undertaken 80+ learning hours and counting, with their weekly progress being monitored by mentors through projects and assignments.
TiCNetwork works with individuals, schools, companies, government, nonprofits and other organizations to address interlocking issues of literacy by providing skill-based education to kids, build capacities and raise funds to provide learning aids to schools in rural and low-income communities.