Education has been lauded as the key to gaining knowledge, critical thinking, empowerment and skills. Unfortunately, for a country like Nigeria, there’s a stifling gap between the number of educated individuals and those who have never seen the four walls of a classroom. According to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), in Nigeria, about 10.5 million children aged 5-14 years are not in school. To this end, AlumUnite has risen to the occasion, leveraging technology to connect alumni to their alma maters to drive positive change within the educational system in Africa.
One of the key reasons many schools, public schools especially, founded in the early 50s and 80s are still standing today is due to the immense contributions of alumni associations towards their development and maintenance. Unfortunately, as the years rolled by, the activities of these alumni have dwindled due to a lack of transparency and an organised platform for alumni social impact. This negligence in the educational sector has resulted in poor infrastructure, inadequate and unqualified teachers, lack of school materials and the likes.
To revive this age-long trend of giving back to one’s alma mater and supporting the pillars around education once again, a new strategy is necessary to overcome the challenges, and AlumUnite is taking the lead. Through a web and mobile application, AlumUnite connects African alumni worldwide to contribute towards uplifting education on the continent.
This will be done through “crowd resourcing”, an innovative way of improving access to affordable quality education opportunities and driving inclusive education development, using scholarship and bursaries, mentorship, curriculum improvement and more. AlumUnite’s vision in the coming years is to create a thriving education ecosystem that will connect relevant stakeholders, build communities and scale education impact across Nigeria and Africa at large. Alumni both at home and in the diaspora can give back to their alma maters, and hence, bequeath to the continent a true educational renaissance.
Obinna Nnabuihe, AlumUnite’s Co-Founder, notes that “We are all connected by our exceptional experiences, friendships, and our single-minded purpose to build a better Africa. So, wherever your working world takes you, AlumUnite helps you connect with like-minded people who want to unlock the potential of the education sector on the continent by fast-tracking its pace to catch up with the rest of the world. The goal is to ensure over 20 million dollars worth of capital projects is channelled towards education transformation across Africa by 2025. AlumUnite is also looking to positively impact over 1,000 schools as well as empower over 5 million students and graduates through quality education.”
Additionally, alumni groups can create and vote towards intended projects, while corporate institutions and external donor organizations looking to achieve their social responsibility are afforded the opportunity to contribute and fund campaigns created on the platform or sponsor one in their communities. The platform is flexible and incorporates peer to peer verification processes to ensure that students and alumni who sign up are placed in secure and structured groups in their various schools. Another remarkable fact about AlumUnite is the one hundred percent transparency and accountability is provided for every penny partners raise to fund campaigns.
Speaking on the tremendous perks and benefits of being on the platform, Chiamaka Kwazu, AlumUnite’s co-Founder, said, “One of the perks of being on AlumUnite is the vast network you're connected to – professionally and personally. You’re building community with like-minded Africans across the world and from various walks of life. There will be exclusive job postings, networking events, webinars, career counseling, an opportunity for alumni to mentor and be mentored, just to mention a few.”
To be a part of this community geared towards altering the education landscape on the continent, sign up on AlumUnite today. Visit www.alumunite.co
Source: Daily Post Nigeria