Impact Blog

16
Dec

Atika Abubakar, 15 – Too few schools

Atika Abukakar lives in Kajiji village in Shagari local government area of Sokoto state. It is a community where many girls spend many hours during the day collecting firewood in the bushes. Though Atika wanted to get an education, she dropped out after attending school for a week. “My parents withdrew me from school because the teacher hardly came to

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16
Dec

Atiku Mohammed, 18- Knowledge brings progress

Atiku Mohammed is an 18-year old merchant in Shagari local government area of Sokoto state. Though Atiku graduated from an Islamic school, he could not read or write. “I wanted to learn to read and write, but I did not know in what ways it will be useful to me,” Atiku admits. When the Northern Education Initiative Plus opened a

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16
Dec

Bilyaminu Ismaila, 9- A community’s hope

Attakwanyo is the largest ward in Gwadabawa local government area of Sokoto state. Despite the ward’s size, it boasts of only one primary school. Established since 1922, it is arguably the oldest school in Sokoto state. Classes take place about four times a year, or whenever the teacher comes. Very few people complete secondary school in Attakwanyo and only a

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16
Dec

Hadiza Shehu, 9 – Hobbies and reading

Hadiza Shehu is in primary two in Wababe Primary School, Dange-Shuni local government area of Sokoto state. She likes cooking and that is why she likes to read the Hausa book Mu Karanta! It has many pictures of food and she likes to point at them and name them with her sisters at home. This is not the only reason

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16
Dec

Reading to become

Gyamzo Central Primary School in Toro local government area of Bauchi state has been a fixture in the community since it was built in 1947. Until recently, usage had declined. Today, this 69-year old school is vibrant again. In one class, children are singing “Old McDonald has a farm” and in another, they are repeating “Nana na nan” in Hausa

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16
Dec

Hafsat Abdullahi, 17 – Fighting for a future

Hafsat Abdullahi is a 17-year old girl with a complicated past. She is enrolled in a learning center for girls in Ningi local government area of Bauchi state. She has been attending classes for five weeks and is now able to recognize and read the alphabets. A new world is opening to her. “I want to be educated but I

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16
Dec

Amina Musa, 16 – Too many household chores

Tragic occurrences in Amina Musa’s family interrupted her education. Her mother fell ill and Amina was pulled out of school to take care of her. Amina thought it was only a temporary setback—but it took three years to nurse her mother back to good health. “Within that period, my elder sister got married at age 12 and I stayed at

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16
Dec

Aishat Sa’adu, 16- Learning the ropes

These days, Aishat Sa’adu is full of giggles. She is enjoying her time at the learning center for adolescent girls in Misau local government area of Bauchi state. She recognizes the letters in the alphabet and can count from 1 to 100. These are major achievements for her. Aishat is a school dropout and at age 16 a divorcee. She

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16
Dec

Abdulsalam Adamu, 17- Overcoming peer pressure

Seventeen-year-old Abdulsalam Adamu kept fleeing from education. His nemesis was peer pressure. When his parents enrolled him into school, he would abandon the classroom and instead enjoy the company of bad friends. They will move from place to place and end up anywhere else other than school. “We spent time playing on the farm, rolling tires on a major highway

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