Thank you. My name is Don Ghostlaw and I am president of Africa Education Partnership. All the accomplishments just shown to you are that much more amazing when you consider that they were completed in the midst of increasing levels of violence and insecurity in the north. For many, many years there's been a history of Christian-Muslim violence in and around the tenth parallel, particularly where the north and south meet around Kaduna. AEP was formed to help build schools and educate students from different faiths and cultural backgrounds. AEP hopes that by learning side by side, a generation can be reached and learn to appreciate differences. When we started in 2009, Boko Haram had just formed.
Good evening. Matthew 6:21 says:
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.
Good evening and welcome to Africa Education Partnership Armchair tour of Nigeria and Progress Report. This evening, we're giving our summary of our progress to date. We hope you enjoy it.
Welcome! My name is Elaine Chagnon and I've been a member of Africa Education Partnership since its inception in 2009. I've completed 10 trips, primarily to manage projects, meet with teachers and share ideas and materials.
Nigeria is chaotic, boisterous and conflicted by religion, ethnic strife, socio-economic disparities, and corruption. This is the context for our second home.
Map Slide: This slide shows where our work is done. If you draw a horizontal line through the middle of Nigeria you would find yourself approximately at the tenth parallel, the dividing line between Islam and Christianity. The tenth parallel serves as the dividing line between the Muslim north and Christian south in most developing third world countries.