EMCI Third Quarter 2019 Newsletter

JULY 2019

Relocation/Placement Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

With the rounding up of third-term, the month of July was full of various school activities across the three schools where EMCI students are placed. On July 8th, Wadi & Happy returned to their respective schools following breaks from their Senior School leaving examinations, which they took in June. The following week was full of celebrations (from July 10th to 14th).  St. Pirans High School held their graduation dinner on Friday the 10th of July where Wadi Dauda received numerous prizes and accolades. She was crowned the most behaved girl back in 2016 and again in her graduation year, 2019. On July 27th, Wadi graduated from St. Piran’s High School, receiving her WAEC results on July 26th, she made 7 credits with A’s (including Math and English). Her dream is to one day become a Registered Nurse. She was orphaned by the terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014. Continue to pray for her as EMCI guides her in the process of getting admission into university.  EMCI deeply appreciate His Grace, The most Rev. Dr Benjamin A. Kwashi, Anglican Bishop and the St. Pirans Parish, Jos for granting scholarships to several orphans in EMCI programs; Wadi, being one at St. Piran’s High School. [See pictures below.]

Meanwhile, over at St. Luke’s College, Happy also graduated on Saturday July 27th. It was a joyous occasion as a number of the home-based girls were able to attend and celebrate her. Similarly, her parents were elated as they joined the EMCI family rejoicing together [See pictures below.]. Her mother posted on her Facebook page that “at least I have something to celebrate.” Happy’s elder sister is still among 112 Chibok girls still being held by Boko Haram captors since April 14th, 2014; say a prayer for her.

School closed that day as well, and another EMCI schoolgirl at St. Luke’s was awarded the most improved student in the entire senior school, as well as best result-student in government. Jumai was also kitchen prefect and house captain, as well as the vice president of the girls’ guild. Come September, 2019 Jumai will start her senior class of 2020. [See pictures below.]

For the day students at Missionary Action Team Model School, they commenced their exams on Monday July 15th and concluded for the end of the school year on July 26th. In addition, the two girls (Rifkatu and Naomi) who currently attend school at AUN, Yola and were spending their summer holidays with us in Jos started computer classes. EMCI took these girls to Wadi & Happy’s graduations at their respective schools; everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The following week, a few of the placement schoolchildren returned to their homes in Borno, with most of them staying back in Jos to spend the rest of their breaks with EMCI summer programs. We also said goodbye to Palmata as she returns to the United States to continue her University education.

FROM DESPAIR TO HOPE!!  Indeed, EDUCATION MUST CONTINUE.

EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

In the month under review, EMCI Yola successfully came to the end of the 3rd term, 2018/2019 academic year with the following achievements. The completion of JSS III junior WAEC, SSCE for our SSS III and common entrance examination by primary six was witnessed. In addition, terminal examinations were carried out without any problem and students are busy preparing for the closing ceremony and prize-giving day with an eye towards the top 3 student awards per class. Furthermore, we hope to vacate on August 2nd and resumption is scheduled to September 16th, 2019 respectively. The number of students in primary school is 242 while secondary school has 159, bringing the student population to 401.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Power supply for the computer and tap water
  • Repair of manual borehole
  • Repair of broken classroom desks
  • Construction of library space
  • Fencing of school compound
  • Inadequate classroom space
  • Refresher training workshop for teachers.

Finally, during the month, our founders met with a couple EMCI Yola graduates in Jos [see picture below]. Ijugayu. was the headboy of the 2nd senior class who graduated in August of 2017 and Mary, is also an EMCI alumnus from the 2nd set of graduants. And then there is Blessing a member of the 3rd graduating class of EMCI, Yola from July 2018. They all passed their SSCE Examinations, good enough to grant them university/ college admission. However, the are unable to proceed to higher institutions as their parents lack the financial resources to sponsor them. EMCI leadership therefore got them into an interim arrangement for their personal development. They are currently undergoing training in computer applications at Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Jos as well as discipleship and evangelism. As part of their training with YWAM, they spent a month ministering and serving in Niger Republic ministering and serving the locals. They will now spend the next six months perfecting the computer training they underwent.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa.

JSS1 and JSS2 students were engaged in computer training program. Student-fellowship has been introduced in secondary section and officials were elected. End of third term exams started on July 16th, 2019 and prizes were given to the top 3 students in each class. School closed for the end of the academic year on July 26th, 2019.

Total number of pupils in primary section as of the closing date of the school was 653,while in secondary section the total number of students was 85. Our student population is 738.

 

AUGUST 2019

Relocation/Placement Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

With a lot of moving bodies across the country, this month started where last month ended. On Thursday, August 1st, a few of the placement schoolchildren returned to their various homes, with most of them staying back to spend the rest of their holiday with EMCI summer programs. The four AUN girls who had been staying in Jos during the summer were around for most of the month. Mary did travel to Lagos in preparation for a cross-cultural one-semester study abroad program to Rome Italy and returned shortly after. Rifkatu and Naomi went back to school on August 19th while Hauwa followed suit on the 24th. On August 6th, Paul and Beckie traveled to the northeast for EMCI Yola and EMCI Lassa end of year speech and prizing-giving days. Finally, on August 30th, Jummai, our most recent Senior Secondary School student returned to school at St. Luke’s College several weeks earlier than the others due to her new status.

EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

In the month under review, the following events took place. The official vacating date of August 2nd, 2019 to commence end of third term holiday was shifted to August 6th, 2019. The sendoff of our SSSIII and Primary 6 students as well as prize-giving ceremony was successfully completed. During the ceremony, the founders, our superintendent, friends and well-wishers all graced the day. Some took part in presentation of gifts to best students in the various classes. Highlights of the day included: Bible and Koran recitation, and cultural dance [see pictures below]. In the same month, the teachers set out a task-force to do summer cleaning. Now the School environment looks neat and tidy. The first term will begin on the September 16th, 2019.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Need for occasional teachers’ workshop to enhance their skills
  • Request for office laptop to manage administration
  • Power supply for the science laboratory, computer and water tap borehole
  • Construction of additional classrooms
  • Repair of broken desks and manual borehole.
  • Staff office
  • Construction of a standard library.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa.

Founders, Paul & Rebecca Gadzama visited E.M.C Lassa on 7th August 2019 for the end of third term academic session [see pictures below]. There, they delivered additional library books which were previously donated by Books for Africa. There were physical changes to the school as well as ten library shelves were constructed. Five reading tables, (each with a capacity of four students) were constructed in the reading room while one of the classrooms which was damaged by wind was repaired. Thanks to St. Peter’s Catholic Church Hazel Grove, Stockport, Uk who provided all the funds to set up the library including 10 computers which shall be featured in the 4th Quarter news update when the students would have started using them. One door was bought and fixed in the library room and dressing of windows and areas which were not plastered was done. Finally, in preparation for resumption of the 2019/2020 academic session on September 16th, attendance registers and other writing utensils were purchased.

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

Relocation/Placement Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

The month of September drew a close to the summer period and ushered in the ember months as well as the start of a new academic year. Four schoolchildren resumed at Missionary Action Model Team School on September 9th. Two students at St. Luke’s College as well as the one girl at St. Piran’s High School resumed boarding on September 14th. As the current students adjusted to school resumption, Wadi Dauda, one of our recent graduates from St. Piran’s returned to Jos after spending a month at home in the northeast. She is currently, seeking admission at several top universities in Nigeria where she hopes to study Bsc Nursing.

On September 10th, founders Paul & Rebecca traveled to Yola to meet with Victim’s Support Fund (VSF), one of our partner organizations. Finally, Ahmadu who is currently studying at a research institute in Jos completed his exams in late September. He was able to travel home to the northeast for his internship in medical lab technology on the 22nd.

EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

In September, EMCI School Yola resumed for first term of the 2019/2020 academic session on the 16th. Though as usual, students were few on the first day, but improved tremendously during the second week as they were seen pouring in and classes took effect immediately as all teachers were prepared for their primary assignments. The student population stood at 295 as of the second week of resumption.

In the same month, we had a visit from the NYSC on community development projects. They donated exercise books, pens, packets of chalk and dustbin office baskets along with lots of words of encouragement to the students, emphasizing on education as the way to attaining their best possible legacy.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Power supply for the computers and borehole
  • Construction of a library space
  • Staff-workshop
  • Staff identity cards
  • Construction or renovation of students’ desks
  • A desktop computer to facilitate compiling and sending of reports.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa.

School resumed for the 2019/2020 academic session on September 9th. On September 12th, a meeting was held between four staff, six community representatives, founders Paul & Rebecca Gadzama, EMCI Yola superintendent Mrs. Parmata Edward and representatives of the Victim’s Support Fund in Yola. There were some additions to the physical structures at EMCI School Lassa with the walls of between the six block classrooms have been painted and windows have been installed. Presently, we have 127 students in the secondary section and 451 pupils in primary section totaling 578.

 

END OF THIRD QUARTER 2019