Nigeria hugs the bottom spending only 8.4% of its GDP on education.
One results of this in Nigeria is 10.5 million drops outs; the highest amount in the world. Here in Yola it is not uncommon to see kids in the street when they should be in school.
Standard Academy (SA) is doing it’s part to address the problem. Since its opening in August SA has attracted kids from more than 40 families. SA fees are very reasonable and several students are on scholarship.
SA teachers are dedicated, passionate and qualified. The curriculum is an unapologetic amalgamation of Western educational methodology, Islamic principles and Hausa-Fulani culture. Kids are learning their lessons in Arabic, English, and Hausa.
I am proud to be associated with such an innovative and important project.
Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
P.S. My apologies for the uninteresting guest of honor speech.
The Summer 2013, Economics On The Move partnered with the Evanston Recreational Center in Cincinnati, Ohio to offer daily unicycle training classes for youth ages 8-12.
Part 1 is of Montez, Pianki and Imani assembling a unicycle at the Evanston Recreation Center in August 2013.
Part 2 is of Montez, Pianki and Imani along with an young lady whose name escapes me assembling a unicycle at the Evanston Recreation Center in August 2013.
Part 3 is of Montez, Pianki and Imani along with an young lady whose name escapes me assembling a unicycle at the Evanston Recreation Center in August 2013.
Putting a unicycle together is not as easy as it seems. Part III involved attaching the unicycle frame to the two wheel bearing. The kids accomplished this by attaching four steel brackets (a pair on each side) to two wheel bearings rings (one on each side). Each pair of steel brackets used four allen screws, four nuts, four washers.