Education is one of the pillars addressed by Stallion Empower Initiative. The co-founders of SEI are staunch believers in the transformative power of education. Unfortunately, the Sub-Saharan region has an unusually high estimate of 64% illiteracy. This means roughly 6 out of 10 people are estimated to be illiterate. This estimate is one of the highest on the globe. For people and communities in these affected areas to have access to better income, education is not only crucial but necessary. SEI’s education initiative is backed by scholarships, grants, book drives, and smaller programs located in the schools.
Female literacy is an issue of great concern in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to UNICEF, two out of three girls in this region will never set foot in a classroom. These rates are significantly higher than the general rates. The education of the girl child is a controversial and touchy issue for two reasons.
At SEI, we believe that girl child education will not only empower women but also empower families. The education of the girl child is a step towards gender equity in Nigeria and the Sub-Sahara at large. The SEI Scholarship Programme mirrors our outspoken belief in girl child education as 71% of the students chosen for the scholarship are female. This high percentage proves that we only support schools that create conducive and safe climates for all their students. We have also taken steps to normalize and create safe spaces for girls to discuss health and sanitary topics such as the menstrual cycle. By demystifying this topic we hope to break the taboo around it and encourage girls to ask for help so they may receive safer sanitary products. The Girls Sanitation Programme also encourages girls to attend classes during their period without feeling any shame or guilt.
Education and Empowerment are two terms that should go hand in hand. SEI supports schools to take more field trips and show students job opportunities that they stand to acquire. Youth empowerment programs are organized to prepare students and young adults for the workforce or to pursue tertiary education.
We do this by giving scholarships, grants and partnering with schools to plan more helpful events. SEI in partnership with BMS School planned several field trips to farms and mills around the state of Kano.
By making education accessible and easy to navigate, SEI endorses UNICEF’s 4th sustainable development goal which is the education goal
“By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care, and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.” Target 4.2
SEI supports this goal by investing in programs that make school enjoyable and accessible to all children.
Stallion Empowerment Initiative currently supports two primary schools in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. However, there are plans to begin supporting more schools in different states. We have placed focus on upgrading existing infrastructures, increasing accessibility, and improving the quality of teaching available. Our supported primary schools currently accommodate 2000 students and 126 teaching staff. The schools currently have 77 classrooms, an auditorium, a computer facility with functioning computers, and 2 well-equipped playgrounds for a well-rounded education.
These schools have extremely high rates of success in academic performance in school exams and state exams. These elevated levels of success have led to state-wide recognition. SEI is especially passionate about primary school education because it gives children from vulnerable communities the chance to dream and aspire to have better life opportunities.