EMCI Fourth Quarter 2018 Newsletter

OCTOBER 2018

Placement/Relocation Program –

We continue to monitor the academic progress and spend quality time with the placement children. On October 6th, students at St. Luke’s had their visiting day where the girls that live at home with EMCI interacted with the boarding students at their school. The teachers had no negative remarks about the school-children there. However, we did have a medical situation with one of the girls there, Happy. She had a surgery to remove her appendix on October 4th at a hospital and she was successfully discharged on October 7th. Towards the end of the month, students in the various schools returned home for their midterm break, ending the first term of the academic school year.

EMCI School: Yola

The month of October 2018 experienced basic commitment to work  as effective change is taking place. The First continuous assessment (C/A) 2018/2019 session has been completed which guarantees the continuation into the 2nd term, come November 2018. Teacher and student morale are high; the distribution of school uniforms was a welcomed event; the host community was impressed with the development. Computer training for teachers to facilitate capturing students’ biometric data commenced. At the moment, Secondary School has 149 students and 424 pupils are enrolled into the Primary School. Formal registration for WAEC 2018/2019 has also commenced. Registration of SSSII students data captured also took place as a new curriculum from WEAC board has commenced to enable them register for 2019/2020 SSCE exams. The first term has recorded a significant development both from the teachers and students of EMCI. This is confirmed by the fact that every meaningful parent has appreciated the dynamic leadership and involvement of the board to carry every IDP on board for student progress pertaining education.

From the 28th to the 30th of October, founders Paul and Rebecca traveled to Yola to meet with the Victim’s Support Fund as well as parents of the Chibok schoolgirls and one other organization, Murtala Mohammed Foundation (MMF). The Chairman of the sub-committee on Chibok girls stated two purposes for calling the meeting: 1. To acquaint themselves with the parents of the girls and 2. To inform the parents of VSF’s involvement in the sponsorship of their daughters. The trip and interactive sessions were successful as the objectives set out were achieved.

CHALLENGES:

  • Due to the nature of the pupil’s desk, when the students push them, they are easily broken.
  • The re-mounting of the 12 class room tents is still unaddressed.
  • The uplifting of water tanks to meet the needs of the student body is also a great concern. Also, in the same vein, power supply for our generation and to the laboratory to facilitate the laboratory is needed.
  • Our perimeter wall is a major concern because of trespassers also constitute a major challenge to secure the safety.
  • The school library needs current books for students to read and would also enhance assignments for faster learning.
  • Mobile email for reporting of school activities and messages as most of the times café couture fail in the reporting progresses to same time and faintness.
  • Staff identify card for security purpose is also needed.

Learning Center: Lassa 

Following a successful resumption and commencement of the 2018/2019 academic year, students went on midterm break from October 23rd to 29th. The present total number of pupils in primary school is 545 while the students in JSSs and JSS2 number 75. We listed the best pupils for each class and they are happy with their progress.

CHALLENGES:

There is no toilet for students and teachers at the permanents site.

 

NOVEMBER 2018

Placement/Relocation Program –

As we are approaching the end of the calendar year, the placement children continue to grow in their respective academic classes. The schoolchildren at Messiah college resumed the 2nd term on November 3rd while the two girls at St. Piran’s High School started theirs on November 6th. Two days later, on November 8th, along with some board members of EMCI, we hosted Jay Wittmeyer and Church of the Brethren (COB) Missions Members to a dinner at our residence. They were able to interact with the four placement girls living with us. We also have Blessing Bello around this month; she was orphaned by Boko Haram when they attacked EYN (COB in Nigeria) headquarters in 2014. She is currently a student at Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, where she is doing a diploma in computer science. While her school is on recess, she is being tutored in English at EYN  Computer Center by Judy Stout, a COB Missions member. We continue to monitor her academic progress.  On November 23rd, we embarked on an outreach trip to one of the IDP camps in central Nigeria. At the end of the month, from November.

EMCI School: Yola

November 2018 witnessed the smooth running of the academic activities at EMCI, Yola. Another set of 60 uniforms was delivered on November 13th. During the month,  Victims Support Fund (VSF) came and captured bio-metric data of the unaccompanied children and separated children/orphans. UNICEF visited the school to intervene on how they could help move institution forward. The classroom tents that were blown down by the rainstorm were re-erected by staff and students, while in the same month under review, ten emergency toilets (pits) were dug. Furthermore, a staff meeting was held in the month and developmental issues were discussed successfully for the enhancement of the school.  The exam timetable was prepared for the term examinations which start on the 3rd of December 2018 and will end on 7th December 2018. Finally, the term will vacate for Christmas holiday on the December 14th, while the second term is scheduled to commence on January 14th, 2019.

Challenges/Needs

  • More repairs of the classroom tents to accommodate both primary and secondary at the same time.
  • More repairs of broken desks since a large number of the desks are broken.
  • Fencing of the school compound as a security measure.
  • Additional school uniforms are needed.
  • Furnishing of principal and headmasters office.
  • Mobile phone or laptop for emailing reports.

EMCI School: Lassa

The month of November had brought a number of visitors to EMCI Lassa. A team from V.S.F. visited EMCI Lassa for verification of students and pupils who are living with their relatives on the 13th of November. Church of the Brethren Missions Team Members from the U.S.A. also visited EMC Lassa on 13th of November. As the year comes to an end, students and pupils have started end of 1st term examinations; these commenced on November 2nd 2018. Founders of E.M.C. Lassa Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mele Gadzama visited EMCI Lassa on November 26th 2018. As of the end of the month, the student population stands at 725.

DECEMBER 2018

Placement/Relocation Program –

This month, our founders traveled to Abuja to meet with Chika, a journalist who has been working on a story about the work of NGO’s in relation to IDP’s in Nigeria. As the year came to a close, students placed in the different schools returned home to the residence in central Nigeria for the Christmas holidays. St. Luke’s Secondary and Missionary Action Team Model (MATM)  schoolchildren vacated on December 7th. Hannatu, one of the day students at MATM School came 2nd in her JSS1 (equivalent of 6th/7th grade) class. Three years ago, she was reading at Primary 1 (Grade 1) levels at age 11. The remaining students at St. Pirans High School closed a week later. We made arrangements for the majority of the children to travel and spend the holidays with their families at home in the northeast.

Over the course of the year, one of the daughters of EMCI founders has been gathering items to donate from the hospital where she works at as a nurse in Missouri. This month, she came with two large duffel-bags full with socks, reusable baby diapers, readable menstrual pads, baby blankets, children’s gloves, women’s clothes, children’s clothes and women’s purses. On 26th December, we took them to Zawan (Angul D) IDP camp, Jos Plateau State. The camp hosts people from 18 different villages that had been attacked by Fulani terrorist/milita groups. In her words “It was a privilege to help”.

EMCI School: Yola

The month under review has come to compliment the first term with successful developments and smooth running of the school activities both academically and outdoors in terms of examinations and cleaning of the school environment. This December, we repaired 6 classroom tents through assistance from UNICEF in collaboration with the ministry of women affairs Adamawa State. We also received and additional thirty (30) desks in progress for the students. As of closing date December 14th, 2018 there are 612 students at the school; 2nd term will begin on January 14th, 2019. Finally, just after four days of closure, the staffs have set out a task-force to clear the standing bush in front of the school premises by the cold-tar road.

Challenges

  1. The school library needs to be updated
  2. Lack of power supply for the computers
  3. Additional school uniforms and badges are needed
  4. Uplifting of water borehole taps
  5. Repairs of the 6 remaining classroom tents and broken desks
  6. Provision of staff room, principal and headmaster’s office
  7. Teaching materials
  8. Building materials
  9. Building capacity
  10. Staff identity card.

Learning Center: Lassa

In the month of December, students and pupils went on holidays on 7th December and will resume on January 8th, 2018. On 24th December, Dr. Yakubu Mele and Engr. Musa Mele visited EMCI Lassa. Dr. Yakubu donated two computers, football jerseys, football boots, and 60 pairs of shoes to the school. A novelty football match was played between EMCI Lassa primary school and EMCI Lassa secondary school. Finally, the students and teacher’s toilets have been constructed at the permanent site.

END OF FOURTH QUARTER 2018 NEWSLETTER

EMCI Third Quarter 2018 Newsletter

JULY 2018

Placement/Relocation Program –

The first week of July saw two schools where we have placed children close for the summer holidays; Favored Sister’s Christian School and St. Luke’s High School. Two girls, Wadiam & Sarah graduated from JSS3 to SS1 at St. Luke’s. That week, St. Piran’s High School also closed for summer holidays and Wadiam and Magdalene came home for their own breaks. In addition, Hauwa John and Mary Katambi, our two Chibok Girls schooling in a University at Adamawa State came for their summer holiday. They had closed for the semester earlier in the summer, but went back home to Chibok to assist their families on the farm. All in all, we had a full house for a good part of the month.

Hauwa and Mary welcomed by Mom

Last month, in June, there was an attack on several towns at the outskirt of our central Nigerian city, resulting in the formation of a number of makeshift IDP camps within the metropolis. We took time out with several of our own relocated schoolchildren to take supplies and some nutrients to these recent victims (see photos below). Towards the end of the month, we arranged to have most of the placement children either go home to the Northeast or travel to their closest relative in central Nigeria area, for the remainder of their holiday.

One of the projects we have been working on between the two platforms is to get uniforms for EMCI Yola. This month, a set of uniforms were delivered by the tailoring company. Here are images of our placement children sorting them out before they got sent out to delivery.

EMCI School: Yola

There were some great changes in the month of July 2018, at the school in Yola. SSIII, JSSIII, and Primary 6 wrote their WAEC, NECO and Common Entrance examinations for the 2017/2018 academic session, respectively. Also our SSII students’ mock examinations will end by 1st August 2018. School terminal examinations were carried out seemlessly, with no hitches during the period, while third term vacation is scheduled to commence on July 31st. Furthermore, the graduation ceremony will take place on the same 31, July 2018. Resumption date is scheduled for the 17th of September 2018

Some needs of the school come first term Calendar year 2018/2019 session with 415 numbers of pupils and 195 numbers of students include: Fencing, staff identity card, school uniform, workshop, power supply, sport facilities.

EMCI School: Lassa

Summer 2018 recorded the following activities in Lassa during the month of July. A team of people from VSF visited the school. While here, they inspected the damage done to the classroom tents by the heavy winds from earlier in the year. End of third term exams were conducted from 20th to 27th July and the school vacated for the long holiday on July 31st, 2018. There was a football match played between Lass B. Primary School and EMCI Lassa. Also in the spirit of competition, a debate was held among JSS1 pupils with the subject matter “Government School is Better than Private School”. During the month, we also had 10 new staff report for duty, while 15 pupils were repeated. Some challenges we faced which we hope will be addressed by the time the 2018/2019 session commences are that classes are not enough for the pupils and quite a number of IDP pupils/students have problems with feeding.

EMCI Lassa’s First Primary Six Students Graduation

 

AUGUST 2018

Placement/Relocation Program –

This month, EMCI’s placement program hosted an additional six schoolchildren (all girls), besides the three schoolgirls that reside with us in central Nigeria while they were on summer holidays. Hauwa and Mary were here from Adamawa, while Wadiam and Magdalene were home from St. Pirans Secondary School as well as Saratu Ujulu from Messiah College, Barkin Ladi. The house was full of activity and leadership was given to the older girls, Hauwa and Mary. While here, we all took a trip to the farm to assist in planting harvesting and planting some crops, including sweet potatoes, potatoes and cassava. Hauwa and Mary regularly accompanied Mum to the feeds shop, were they are learning fundamental business and entrepreneurial skills. In the last week of the month, several two of the boys who had gone to Lassa returned a few days to school resumption at Messiah College on August 25th. The girls who have been schooling in another central Nigerian city returned to our city following a trip to the Northeast to spend time with their families. Hauwa and Mary returned to Adamawa on August 31st. Nubwa (our last daughter) visited from the United States and spent time mentoring and coaching the girls on home economics.

EMCI School: Yola

In the month under review, the 2017/2018 session was successfully concluded. Through the assistance of the Board of Trustees, the graduation ceremony was also conducted; graduates were able to use gowns rented for the occasion and entertainments for both the graduates and pupils to compliment the occasion was done peacefully. The school also has formally received the uniforms for the pupils and students of the institution. EMCI Lassa vacated for third term break on July 31st and will begin first term 2018/2019 academic session on September 17th, 2018.

At the end of the academic session, the following are requirements we would like to have for the next year.

  • Updating school library
  • Construction of the school science laboratory
  • Fencing of the school premises
  • Provision of power supply
  • As the first term will soon begin, we need registers
  • Repairs of broken desks
  • Remounting of school tents blown by rainstorm
  • Staff ID cards

EMCI School: Lassa

This month, students at EMCI School Lassa went on holiday from August 1st to September 10th, 2018 for their summer vacation. Primary school certificates were issued to outgoing Primary Six students on August 20th. We also planted 15 trees at the permanent site of EMC Lassa. And finally, 43 pupils were qualified to go on to JSS1, at the start of the next academic session.

The following requirements will need to be addressed as soon as possible:

  1. 15 attendance registers for next academic session are needed
  2. 23 lesson plan notebooks
  3. One packet of blue biro’s and one packet of red biro’s.
  4. There will not be enough classes for both primary and secondary for next academic session.

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

Placement/Relocation Program –

Last month, Nubwa (our last daughter) came home from the United States and on the 3rd of this month she returned to complete her studies. While here, she continued to coach the girls who were still home from their summer holidays in home economics. After she departed, the placement children at St. Luke’s College and St. Piran’s High School also returned to school for the start of the 2018/2019 academic sessions. Jumai, Wadiam, Sarah, Marvelous and Happy resumed at St. Luke’s on September 8th.  Magdalene and Wadiam, the two Senior Secondary School girls at St. Pirans also returned to school on September 15th for their third year there. The two girls are acclimating well as is evident in their conduct and behavior around the house; one takes more initiative where she used to be more timid and reserved, and the other girl is a constant joy to have as her mere presence lightens up the mood of everyone. Hannatu, Helen, and Grace, the three day-school students who had spent the year and a half at Favored Sisters Christian School changed schools so that they could be closer to the house. They now attend Missionary Action Model School located within a walking distance from the home and the girls are liking the new school. Helen and Hannatu are now in JSS1 (Equivalent of 7th grade) while Grace is in Primary 4. When these girls first came in 2015, they were reading at Nursery levels!

EMCI School: Yola

Following summer holidays, the 2018/2019 academic session commenced on the September 17th, 2018 without any problems. Several physical updates have taken place. The science lab has successfully been installed as well as refurbishing, painting and wiring of classrooms, and finally, students received their new uniforms.

Meanwhile, Adamawa State Ministry of Women Affairs are currently capturing the bio-data of less-privileged pupils and students. We had a PTA meeting on September 24th, during which parents expressed their appreciation to the school and board for working to improve the lives of their wards.

At the start of the new academic session, we have the following challenges.

A water tank is need to supply water to the classrooms, especially the new laboratory. Reconstruction of the library and provision of portable generator as a source of power supply for both the computers and the laboratory. Repairs of the twelve (12) classroom tents destroyed by rainstorm to access full school day for both the primary and secondary sections, who now break and operate at morning and afternoon sessions. Enrollment forms for proper registration and identification is paramount. Staff and student identity card and badge for security and quick identification.

EMCI School: Lassa

EMCI School Lassa resumed on September 11th, 2018 for the 2017/2018 academic session. 352 pupils reported for primary school and 65 in JSS1 and JSS2; all teachers reported for duty on resumption date. However the total number of students rose to 653 by end of the second week. The Junior Secondary School has formally moved to the permanent site. Finally, an additional 20 trees were planted at the permanent site; 10 orange trees and 10 mango trees.

END OF THIRD QUARTER 2018 NEWSLETTER