The library at Graceland International School is very inadequate, lacking both reference books and shelving to store them. Many of the books that the library does have are stacked in a few piles along the walls.
A chronic problem in the region is finding a regular supply of clean water for drinking and washing. With this in mind, our partners in Gusau have decided that they should drill a borehole on the school property to supply both the school and the adjoining Graceland Hospital, currently under construction.
In a recent editorial published in the Nigerian daily “This Day”, it was noted that the most recent WAEC exam results were again dismal, even depressing. Unless the authorities take action to turn around the state of education in the country, educational standards will continue to fall. Nationally, only 18% of the candidates who entered the exams received results that would gain them admission into some of the better universities.
In contrast the results of the students at Graceland International School surpasses the national results.
The consideration of a hospital adjacent to Graceland International School.
AEP has been made aware of a wonderful opportunity, one that will enhance both the school and the surrounding neighborhood. Kateri Medical Services, Inc., led by Ven. Tom Furrer, president of that non-profit organization, has been involved in discussion with Bishop John Danbinta regarding plans to build a hospital adjacent to the the school. The conversations began last March, when an AEP representative was invited to attend a meeting with the two leaders and a group of doctors. Ven. Tom Furrer provided the parameters for the construction of the proposed hospital. This proposed project reinforces the connection between education and medical care.
Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa, and the seventh most populous in the world. Nigeria’s education sector has been overburdened by strong population growth and a significant ‘youth bulge.’ (More than 60 percent of the country’s population is under the age of 24.)
Compulsory, free Universal Basic Education in primary and junior secondary schools, is the Nigerian Federal Government’s policy- yet millions of children especially from families of low income, either don't go to school or drop out. In Zamfara, the government has said it has taken measures to address the problem, yet thousands have never entered a classroom or have dropped out for economic and cultural reasons.