In true Nigerian style, there was much joy and celebration throughout the community, as the buses traveled the last miles to the school in Kafanchan. In addition to the crowds that lined the street, the Boys Brigade marched ahead of the procession with drums and bugles adding to the festive air.
The Parade begins, lead by the Boys Brigade.
After nearly six weeks at sea, the buses purchased for use at the rural schools in Kafanchan, which are supported by Africa Education Partnership, arrived at the port city of Lagos, Nigeria on November 10. It is important to note that these vehicles were purchased by our partners in Kafanchan. Drivers were sent to Lagos to drive the buses back to Kafanchan in Kaduna State.
A generous donor has offered to match dollar-for-dollar any donations received until 12/26. If you are in a position to donate, please consider supporting this project. Our Gusau partners and the AEP board members thank you in advance for your consideration.
During the fall of 2020, discussion resumed with our partners in Gusau regarding the construction of dormitories for Graceland international School. Dormitories are a necessity for secondary schools, encouraging students from farther-reaching areas to continue their education past the compulsory grade 6 level.
Original Post 11/15/2019
Students’ Day at Kafanchan Junior/Secondary School.
This is a very special annual event at the school, in which the students interact with each other and their teachers. The school’s various cultural clubs present dramas, along with a variety of athletic competitions and games. Students look forward to these activities as they build confidence in their talents and abilities.
Original Post From 11/23/2019
Students at Graceland International School and in the various Kafanchan schools are encouraged to think about their futures. What interests do they have? What opportunities do they have for going on to college or university? How should they best prepare to fulfill their goals?
In a recent conversation with Bishop Markus of Kafanchan, I asked him to tell us in his own words the benefit buses would bring to the schools in. He outlined several specific points describing the benefits. Kafanchan is a largely rural with many small villages; the majority of the population live below the poverty line.
Africa Education Partnership (AEP) is committed to building and renovating schools in order to offer a quality education without regard to gender, religion, or ethnic origin. Our schools in Nigeria reflect the diversity of their society. Girls are educated on an equal basis as boys. All students come from different backgrounds.
Finding ways to get children to school is a common problem for the schools we work with in Nigeria. There is no centralized bus service as in the United States. Schools must either purchase and maintain their own vehicles or count on children walking to school or parental drop-off.
Jagindi Tasha Nursery/Primary School is located on a large, open tract of land close to a main road. While the school is set back on the property, the openness and accessibility to the road could prove problematic. An 8-foot wall is under construction to secure the campus.