ProjectREED: Our Story

  • Ajiro Omas
  • 18 Oct

Our Story

I really cannot imagine growing up without books. I really cannot imagine achieving purpose without books. Books helped me dream, Books made me travel around the world, Books gave me life, vision and hope! Books thought me that there were no limits. A Nigerian newspaper recently reported, the story of a teenager whom at 17-years old while still in secondary school got pregnant. Broken and disoriented, she abandoned her academic pursuit to face the pressures associated with teenage pregnancy.

Without moral or financial support, struggling to cater for herself and her little baby, she was desperatly seeking for any means to survive. In an attempt to seek "greener pastures" in a foreign land she became a sex slave sleeping with as many as five(5) men daily. With her were many other underages 14 - 19 year olds forced into prostiution and drug abuse. Tragedy! Research shows more than 50% teenagers are cluless about career choices even worse growing up in a lower social level breeds a mentality of limitations. But we are optimistic if given an opportunity, these adolescents could be enticed to aim for a higher and fulfilling purpose. Having access to the right tools and equipments, at the right time, by the right people gives a hope of an escape from a life of tribulations.

I believe that books can change that. I believe that books will introduce them to a great big world and spark their imagination. I believe that books can inspire teenagers to dream, and give them the courage to dream big. I believe giving these students access to books because that will help them to dream, and having a dream is so important because that will motivate them to learn and work hard to achieve it. This way a stable, secured and sustainable future is promised. Many of us — who don't have many limitations on their dreams because of finances and circumstances — have the power to give something so significant to someone, at such little expense to ourselves.

Together we can make huge difference. We can bring out the best from the least by giving the best to the least. Let us REDEFINE EDUCATION! The “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” sets out a global goal to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. By 2022, we hope to have inspired hope in 1 million students by influencing their ethical and moral values positively. Preparing students with the skills they need for adult life; financial literacy, awareness of addiction, mental and physical well-being and digital literacy. Helping them build character traits that include resilience, perseverance, work ethic, critical thinking, leadership and discipline. Teaching students the practical and ethical values which includes tolerance, honesty, dignity, respect, and humility.

Education shapes the way I think and act. Education makes me a better person. It makes me realise that a better future lies ahead of me. I think education would do the same for others in order for us to maintain order in the society. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I believe that through education, people will recognise that the goodness of one's existence is based on how education shapes them.