Participants and non participants of the EWOF project in Ajegunle complained about their inability to read and write properly as one of the main reasons they lost interest in school and dropped out altogether.
In a survey taken in this community, some of these very young women who already have kids said they were discriminated against when they tried going back to school and as a result, they dropped out without sitting for the junior secondary school or senior secondary school leaving certificate examination as the case may be, while others said they quit school because after a while, they just could not understand what was being taught in class.
It became important that we assist those who were willing to learn and go back to school in any way that we possibly can.
The Empowering Women of the Future Literacy school has three (3) categories, namely:
Group 1 - For children in Nursery 3 to Basic 6;
Group 2 - For teenagers in secondary schools especially those in certificate classes i.e Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 and
Group 3 - For teenage and adult women who already dropped out of school.
The aim of the literacy school is to:
Assist the very young girls in Nursery and Primary schools to excel in class and make good grades, this would help them cope and do better academically when they enter into secondary school,
To assist teenage girls already in secondary school especially those preparing for certificate exams with their difficult subjects, hopefully, this would motivate them to remain in school, help them make better grades which may make them eligible for full or part scholarships into the University;
Lastly, the literacy school is committed to assisting all women irrespective of their age, religion or personal belief system, political affiliations and social-economic status in learning how to read and write effectively, how to write formal and informal letters and correspondence, how to communicate in English language and in the very near future, enroll them for the GCE examinations and then assist them in acquiring some tertiary education.
This is a community where women are told repeatedly from a very tender age by their mothers that a woman who is 'too educated' cannot find a husband and they too have passed this belief on to their daughters!
Some of the Empowering Women of the future participants are already determined to put an end to this tradition and have enrolled their children for the literacy school.
We hereby call on individuals, cooperate institutions and organizations to kindly support, partner, sponsor and or volunteer with us in bringing this very important project in its entirety to fruition.