As we begin a new year and on this International Day of Education, we pause to thank all of our supporters who have made our work possible. Since 2009, Africa Education Partnership (AEP) has worked in Nigeria with dedicated partners to build and renovate schools, provide clean water and toilets, safety walls, desks, playground equipment, and educational supplies.
During the past year, AEP has made a concerted effort to establish an Education Fund in order to provide access to a quality education for those students who cannot afford school fees. While per pupil costs for education in the United States average $16,000 (individual state rates vary greatly), the average cost for a student in Nigeria is $300. The phrase “For the price of a cup of coffee daily, you can…” may sound commonplace, but in this case, it rings true.
So on this special day, we stop to appreciate the value of a good education and the “village” that has come together to support our students.
We extend a warm welcome to our newest Board member:
The Rev. Dr. Shaw Mudge!
Shaw's background includes formerly serving as a business executive and board
member in a family-owned international business, with licensing arrangements in
England, Mexico, and Brazil, a manufacturing operation in Singapore, and agents
around the world. His main emphasis was overall management and included an
emphasis on African and Middle Eastern affairs.
As a subsequent career, Shaw became Episcopal (Anglican) clergy, and during this
latter role, he has also served as Secretary of a diocese and subsequently became a
missionary to Peru, made two short-term mission trips to East Africa, and established
an online theological college for the Church in Belize (with permission of the Archbishop of the Church in the Province of the West Indies).
As a boy, Shaw was inspired by his father's Sunday School presentation about Dr. Frank Laubach's African work with the "Each one teach one" literacy program, his
elementary schools print shop director who was a missionary to West Africa, and his
maternal grandparents who were phenomenal teachers. When one of his grandfather's
former students had been elected President of the United States, the former student
telephoned Shaw's grandfather and said "remember when you said..." alluding to
Shaw's grandfather's inspiration. Over the years, Shaw has maintained a vision for
helping people in Africa to achieve their goals, particularly through education.
In addition, Shaw has served on a state employment and training commission, on a
national advisory council to a federal government agency, on the board of one of the
largest state business associations in the country, on a local government neighborhood
planning task force, and has served as a diocesan advisor, consultant, and educator. In
Belize, he was briefly a chaplain to three diocesan Anglican schools at the same time.
Shaw's doctoral thesis (D. Min.) concerned his creating and teaching the diocesan
deacon-formation-program curriculum in the diocese where he was resident.
Finally, this massive project is coming to an end. Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to send the final installment of $6000 in mid-October to complete the interior finish work, painting, and wall construction. The toilet building has been completed with the interior tiling in the final stages. Painting is underway on the exterior of the buildings. The last major portion of the project is the security wall. Gates have been installed and brickmaking continues to completely enclose the property. Please enjoy the photos, especially that of our students who have been moved out of the chicken coop!
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