One of the biggest challenges facing Nigerian educators is a lack of infrastructure. While many committed teachers and administrators seek to improve opportunities for students across Nigeria, the state of the schools themselves is hugely problematic, especially relative to information technology (IT) facilities like computer labs. Oando Foundation, one of the many organizations trying to change the status quo in Nigeria, has decided to improve access to the Internet through school-specific sponsorships.
The Oando Foundation Education Programme, through its Adopt-A-School Initiative (AASI), has already brought its transformative programs to nearly 50 schools across the nation, with plans to reach 100 schools before the end of 2015. While other philanthropic organizations, such as the Michael and Cecilia Foundation, have contributed IT equipment to schools as part of their broader mission, Oando Foundation has been singularly focused on seeking to address core deficiencies in school infrastructure across the entire nation. Meanwhile, its sister program, the Adopt-A-School “Oando Scholars” initiative, has enabled hundreds of students at adopted primary schools to matriculate at senior secondary school; the Foundation hopes to award more than 2,500 scholarships before the end of 2015.