‘Teach The World’ was contacted recently by the organisers of ‘Inspire A Child’, a project of ‘FliplearnKids‘ in Lagos, Nigeria to ask if we could help to inspire the young people that they work with in Nigeria.
The idea behind ‘Inspire A Child’ is as the name suggests – to inspire children to have the self confidence and self belief to become successful in their own lives – however they measure that success.
Every second, a new child is born into the world. Some of those children will never see their dreams and aspirations become a reality, but the saddest are those who do not have dreams or can’t afford to because of the various challenges they face in life.
At times, just that little chance encounter with a person who believes in them, that single gesture, telling them “yes they can” or pointing them in the right direction is all it takes to change the course of a child’s life.
Inspire A Child is an annual global initiative established by FliplearnKids, Nigeria, which brings together individuals, entrepreneurs, educators, and professionals from around the globe who have shown resilience in pursuing their own dreams, to communicate with children in Nigerian public schools. Those few minutes invested in speaking with the children participating ‘IAC’ could create a spark that ignites a vision of future possibilities, giving them dreams and aspirations and changing their lives forever.
‘Inspire A Child 2016’ went live in a mix of twenty primary and secondary schools directly involving in the region of 200 kids children in Lagos, Nigeria.
‘IAC16’, our inaugural event, was supported well with some tremendous speakers and presenters including: Anthony Salicito (Vice President, Microsoft in Education-U.S.A), Prof. Pat Utomi (Founder, Centre for Value and Leadership, Nigeria), Ernestina Appiah (Founder, Ghana Code Club, Ghana), Melissa Loble (Vice President, Instructure- U.S.A), Jim Adams (N.A.S.A), Glenn Osianoh (Research Scientist at the German Centre for International Collaboration) and Benjamin Lannen (Educator, Australia).
‘Inspire A Child 2016’ gave children in Lagos the opportunity to explore the world beyond their classrooms and communities by speaking with some of the world’s most inspirational and passionate guest speakers and presenters, discussing a range of subjects.
Teachers involved in the programme were inspired too with many of the guests endorsing the important role that education plays in changing lives and shaping communities.
Following on from the success of the 2016 event, we are launching ‘Inspire A Child 2017’ with a theme of ‘Against All Odds’
Our plan for 2017 is to reach out to a minimum of 500 children in public schools in Nigeria. All of the children that we reach out to through ‘IAC17’ will be from low income families and most of those children, without intervention, won’t pursue their education to university level.
We have carefully selected our partners and guest speakers for the 2017, choosing to work with those companies and individuals who we believe will have the greatest positive impact on the audience based on our theme of ‘Against All Odds’. For example, we have partnered with CNN Heroes award winner, Becca Stevens; author, explorer and advocate for universal education provision Justin Miles (Teach The World) and other select entrepreneurs, professionals and educators who have become successful in their own right – against all odds.
As part of the growth of our movement, ‘Inspire a Child 2017’ will include schools in five locations around Nigeria; Lagos, Abeokuta, Ogun, Kaduna and Kano.
At the culmination of the ‘IAC17’ event students will be enrolled in our ‘Digital Academy’ where they will trained to use the very latest technology so that they can continue to get the most out of their education.
Our aim at ‘FlipLearnKids’ is to touch the lives of as many children and young people as we can, to give them vision beyond their current circumstances and to help them to create a better future for themselves.
To find out more about ‘IAC17’ and how you or your school or company could get involved in helping our children to create a brighter future for themselves, or to find out about ‘IAC18’ please contact firstname.lastname@example.org