school is 16 years old [1995 to 2011] and since it is a non-profit
institution, it generates no significant fund. There are so many
problems. Most children attend school free. It does not enjoy
grants from any arm of the government of Nigeria [local, state
and federal]. It was established the philosophy of free education
for needy children.
Orphans, the handicapped and the disabled have free tuition.
The fees realized every term is USD$ 952.38, while the salary
per month is USD$ 396.82 and in the same term of 4 Months salaries
amount to USD$ 1587.30. While fund realized remains USD$ 952.38.
We have been finding it very difficult running the school.
However, small grants have been coming into the school from
International donors, notably: the Secretariat Group of the
United Nations Women’s Guild for learning and teaching
materials [Attn. , United Nations Plaza, Room DC1-775, New York,
NY 10017, Tel: 212-963-4149 USA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.un.org/other/unwg/projects/nigeria.html
We have 13 teaching staff and 3 non-teaching staff. We have
no money to build new classrooms. The six classrooms and two
offices we are enjoying now were built by The Ella Lyman Cabot
Trust, Inc., 109 Rockland Street, Holliston, MA01746, Phone:
508-429-6653 and Barbara L Valocore and one other donor associated
with the Lifebridge Foundation Inc. New York USA. in 1995/96,
1997 and 1999. They since have ended their assistance to us.
We don't have enough rooms to shelter all our pupils and we
have not secured any promise of money for the construction of
four additional classes to accommodate the Secondary section.
There is no game or sport area and no fence around the school.
Our school is mixed. Some of the girls are on girl child education.
We want to continue this program but have no funds. This program
gives girls from abjectly poor families the chance to be educated
Since inception in 1995 we have been training the children to
acquire only the First School Leaving Certificate. While the
other children usually move to the secondary education at other
schools, the needy seldom get someone to support them. We want
to adopt the Basic Education Program fully which allows us to
run both the Primary and Secondary Education Programs together
we will ensure continuity of service to all children. This requires
The rocky nature of this part of Plateau State creates a favorable
living environment for poisonous snakes and other insects. Snake-bite
has therefore become very common, almost on a daily basis at
all seasons of the year. There is a threat to farmers and particularly
women and children on the farms, as they go looking for fire
wood and as they early go down to fetch water and as they go
to school/ or look after livestock, respectively. On the comparison,
more people die from snake bite than from guinea worm, yet the
government and International donors seem to devote more attention
on the fight against guinea worm than snakes. Funds are therefore
committed more towards the eradication of guinea worm and the
control of river blindness than to save the lives of the many
victims of snake bite. As a safety precaution, the school always
stokes anti-snake venom in earthen pots. This has helped a lot
in saving the lives of children and women who are the most vulnerable.
We are optimistic that one day we will be provided with solar
electric system that will allow us to store more anti-snake
venoms and other medicines.
Though, our pupils are eager to learn about new cultures, languages
and to make new friends with people from different countries,
we have no opportunity to make that happen in their lifetime
in the school. We have no computers and do not have access to
The school’s latrines always collapse in the wet season
because they are usually made of non-durable materials. It is
our desire that more durable pit latrines are constructed for
us and a borehole is sunk to provide us and our immediate community
with better portable water.