STADA aims at achieving SDG number 4, quality education by ensuring that children going to school are really learning and achieving foundational literacy and numeracy as early as grade 3. Our vision is for each child to develop a curiosity about learning, discover their interests, and grow in their love of learning. STADA desires to develop a strong reading culture, an environment where reading is championed, valued, respected, and encouraged. This is achieved by fastening the abilities of those lagging. We desire to have all-around children, talented disciplined, and confident in facing life challenges, as we prepare them for future leadership.
To use education as a tool to help in attaining other SDGs such as:
- SDG 1 – No Poverty
- SDG 2 – Zero Hunger
- SDG 3 – Quality Health and Well-being
- SDG 4 – Gender Equality
1. Accelerated Learning Program
Daily we see our children carry bags on their backs going to school, but are they learning? To achieve Universal Literacy and Numeracy, we are piloting Accelerated Learning Program to fasten the abilities of children who are lagging to read and do basic numeracy. This is done through a one-on-one reading and numeracy assessment is used to generate a baseline of children’s competencies.
- Provide alternative education and a faster system for learning.
- Provide learners opportunities to acquire desirable knowledge that will propel them to a better future.
- Promote self-expression, self-discipline, and self-reliance among the learners.
- Enable children enrolled in schools to catch up with their peers in other schools.
- To create an atmosphere for them to discover, develop, deploy, and express their skills.
- To broaden and deepen the vocabulary bank of the learners. Members are introduced to ‘new or unfamiliar words in each book they read.
- To improve reading fluency. Members usually have an opportunity to take turns reading aloud, listening to group members read, and following along as others read.
- Assessments – regular assessments are done to the learners to establish the level of literacy and numeracy competencies.
- Learning activities – after the assessment, the learners are grouped based on their levels and taught the basic skills they lacked.
- Tests and revision – monthly tests are administered to the learners to determine the level reached.
- Book reading sessions – This is done regularly to expand members’ personal literacy experience by reading and discussing works chosen by the learner in a friendly and open atmosphere.
- Debate – This is to enable learners to formulate and express their ideas effectively, be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations and improve their one-on-one dealings with others.
2. Creative Hub
Talent incubation center to help young girls realize their potential. This is done through one-on-one mentoring; each talented girl is matched with a mentor who is an expert in their field of interest. We have established different families.
- Poetry/Spoken Word Family.
- Dance Family.
- Singing Family.
- Drama Family
- Fashion Design Family.
- Fashion Modelling.
- To boost their confidence by discovering their talents at an early age and start nurturing them.
- To develop their skills and enhance them.
- To provide a foundation in performing and creative arts.
3. Community Library
With the vision of developing a strong reading culture in the children, we have established a community library equipped with books for all grades. This is to help children who are learning in schools that are ill-equipped with basic learning materials.
- To promote a culture of reading among the children in the community.
- To alleviate immoral practices by giving someone a chance to be critical and creative.
- To equip learners with extra information from the class.
- To bring information close to the people who might not under ordinary circumstances access such information.
4. Solar Learning
Society sometimes places little value in education for girls and this restricts them from opportunities to better their lives. We work together with the community to identify those girls who are unable to further their studies after form four and enroll them in a 7-month solar training, after which they sit for an exam administered by NITA.
- To empower girls, those who are unable to further their form four education.
- To provide opportunities for future growth and achievement of their dreams.
5. Education Scholarship Program
Adolescent girls dropping out of school may lead to a high level of illiteracy, gender inequality, single motherhood, unemployment, and many more. To address this, we keep girls in school by advocating for their retention and offering financial support to those with low social economic status. Our focus is on girls from marginalized communities who are recruited after the needs assessment.
- To eliminate barriers to quality education and obstacles that girls face in pursuit of their education.
- To achieve gender equality and reduce inequality.