EMCI First Quarter 2020 Newsletter

JANUARY 2020

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. Some of whom are currently in universities and other tertiary  institutions. Some have obtained National Diplomas and are gainfully employed.

Placement/Relocation Program

At the turn of the decade, the placement children’s schools resumed in the second week of the year. Those students who had traveled to the Northeast for Christmas returned shortly after New Year’s. St. Lukes College and St. Pirans High School resumed on January 12th while the Missionary Model Action Team students resumed on the 13th. However, because of some challenge with inadequate teachers the school faced recently, management in the interest of the children’s futures transferred the Missionary Model Action Team students to Zawan High School. 2020 is a big year as three of the students in the placement program will be sitting for their final year exams later in the year.

On a trip to the Jos Zoo with some of the placement children.

EMCI 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. Since its inception, the school has graduated 4 sets of High School (Senior Secondary School) students many of whom are currently in universities and other tertiary  institutions. Some have obtained National Diplomas and are gainfully employed.

The long awaited 2020 has arrived with lots to be done pertaining the student education which require all hands on deck. Second term resumption date was January 13th.

On the first and second day of resumption, the students were few but by the third day when they heard that lessons were being carried out, they started coming in larger and more regular numbers. The students have formed the habit of adding some days to their usual holidays, even in the private and public schools. But everything is stable.

The school management in the month under review had its first staff meeting where issues were discussed on how to improve learning outcomes, development on primary assignment, commitment, punctuality with no complaints no hitches, nor grudges.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Power supply for the computers, boreholes and laboratory
  • More space library to enhance reading culture and assignments
  • Additional materials for science laboratory
  • Temporary staff I.D. Cards for security purposes

EMCI 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 on January 6th and the admin is looking forward to the second and third terms.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • 50 chairs in the temporary site for pupils to use need to be rehabilitated.
  • Need torchlights for the security personnel
  • Staff toilet in the permanent site needs to be rehabilitated

 

FEBRUARY 2020

Placement/Relocation 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. Some of whom are currently in universities and other tertiary  institutions. Some have obtained National Diplomas and are gainfully employed.

Regular day school activities were the highlight for the month of February as the placement students acclimated to their new school. Our students at Zawan High School were on mid-term break from the 19th to the 24th. St. Luke’s College and St. Pirans High School had theirs from February 23rd to 29th. Seniors, Magdalene, Friday, Jummai, and Wadi continue to prepare for the JAMB examinations in March.

EMCI 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. Since its inception, the school has graduated 4 sets of High School (Senior Secondary School) students many of whom are currently in universities and other tertiary  institutions. Some have obtained National Diplomas and are gainfully employed.

This month, we successfully completed our first round of C.A. (cumulative assessment) test. The school in the same month had its mid-term break from the 20th and 21st after which, we come back to normal classes on February 24th2020.

In the same month, our eligible students who will soon write their WAEC examination, were data captured, with ten (10) students on board. Also, the administration of Grow Right nutritional supplement continues. Indoor and outdoor schooling activities are regular, with smooth, tangible commitment on the part of both students and staff.

CHALLENGES/REQUESTS

  • Additional materials and uplifting for science laboratory
  • Power supply for the computers and borehole
  • More library space to enhance reading culture and assignments
  • More classroom and temporary staff I.D. cards

EMCI 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.

This February, pupils and student went on midterm break from February 14th to 24th. The students have also started using the computers that were brought last year. Current student population stands at 350.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • We need additional drugs and medical supplies at the school.

 

MARCH 2020

Placement/Relocation 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. Some of whom are currently in universities and other tertiary  institutions. Some have obtained National Diplomas and are gainfully employed.

Following resumption from last month’s mid-term break, the placement children continued their schooling. The three senior students who are still in the program each sat for their JAMB (university common entrance) examinations. Magdalene (St. Piran’s High School) and Friday (Zawan High School) sat for theirs on March 16th. Jummai (St. Luke’s College) sat for hers on the 17th. On Friday March 20th, Paul and Rebecca traveled to the Northeast to visit EMCI Yola and EMCI Lassa. We are monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of the students, in light of the epidemic breaking out across the globe.

EMCI 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. Since its inception, the school has graduated 4 sets of High School (Senior Secondary School) students many of whom are currently in universities and other tertiary  institutions. Some have obtained National Diplomas and are gainfully employed.

In the month under review, the school set an examination time table, executed such exams, and computed examination scripts. A vacation date for the second term holiday was scheduled for earlier than the actual vacating date, which was scheduled to take effect on the March 27th instead of the April 3rd as earlier proposed. The change of the closing date came as result of the pronouncement by the Federal Government on the novel coronavirus pandemic.

On a sad note, our founder of EMCI Yola, Bishop Edward Ishaya passed away this month. Paul and Rebecca traveled to Yola to be with the family and staff there.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Workshops for teachers/traumatized children
  • Inadequate desks for all pupils and students
  • Upliftment of the laboratory
  • Power supply for both computers and water supply.
  • Teachers welfare and temporary I.D card
Bishop Edward Ishaya passed on to glory on March 11 2020. He and his wife were the foundation for the establishment of EMCI Yola IDP School.

EMCI 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.

This month, co-founders Paul and Rebecca Gadzama visited EMCI Lassa on Sunday the 22nd. They brought samples of uniforms for both primary and secondary schools. During their visit, a meeting was held with teachers to discuss ways to move EMCI Lassa forward. Second term exams were administered earlier than usual, from March 18th to 25th due to the coronavirus pandemic. Borno State government directed all schools within the state to close until further notice from March 27th.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • We need examination administration material
  • 15 Blue biros and 15 red biros at 1,500
  • Higher education book for 1,600,
  • Preparing the report sheet, 3,000
  • Torchlights for security at 1,200
  • Total = 7,300
The co-founders of EMCI visit to EMC Lassa and had a long session with the staff and management of the school.
The co-founders of EMCI visit to EMC Lassa and had a long session with the staff and management of the school. (1)
The women ride home on their bicycles after the meeting.
An EMCI Lassa teacher came to the meeting with co-founders Paul & Beckie with her baby.

END OF FIRST QUARTER 2020