Home-Based School Program (HBSP) In Nigeria, basic education is compulsory for children of school age(3-15). Therefore, it is expected for each child to attend school at normal school hours, every day of each term. According to UNICEF, Children with disabilities face multiple forms of discrimination which leads to their exclusion from society and school. In exceptional circumstances, however, the severity of a student’s disability in combination with the fragility of their health may prevent them from attending school for a period of time. Also, parents in underserved area in Nigeria experience difficulty in accessing quality education for their children. These aforementioned demographics of children are denied basic education. The major barriers to accessing education in the pilot area are; a. Financial constraints of the parent b. proximity of the family to quality schools c. Families in areas affected by natural disaster d. poor quality of teachers e. poor implementation of government strategy and policies f. low commitment of state actors to provide equitable public education g. Attitudes toward children with disabilities, as well as a lack of resources to accommodate them, compound the challenges they face in accessing education. How our model overcomes the barrier of education Our distribution model is tailored to provide an enriched homebased school program via educational software/online platform with or without the support of home-tutors that enhances creative, leadership and entrepreneurial skills along with the core competencies in children within age 5 to 16 as close to their homes as possible. Hence improving their access to quality education and equally improving the quality of life of their parents. The HBSP also integrates an Home-Based Educational Support Program that supports schools to provide students with severe disabilities and comorbid fragile health with flexible educational program, when they are unable to attend their enrolled school, due to the nature and impact of their medical condition or disability and health needs. The HBSP ultimately • assist schools to support ongoing relationships with enrolled students with severe disabilities and comorbid fragile health and their families • provide eligible students in underserved areas with an education program • to maintain the student’s engagement with the local school curriculum and enable their transition back to school. The core part of the program that will work. The major component of the program- that we will prove during the pilot, of its effectiveness is the convenience it avails the parents/caretakers of the children and the children themselves. The home school program would be tailored to the need of every child in their respective home. We would leverage on our existing relationship with our team of trained home tutors and also support the program with a robust monitoring and evaluation framework. Expected impact of the HBSP program Improve the quality of life of parents by increasing the productivity of parents by 30%, hence by extension reducing their stress level. 30 % of money expended on child education is saved therefore improving the standard of living of members of the family. 40% reduction in patronage of low quality schools. 55% reduction in the drop-out rate of disabled children. Outcome table S/N Duration Intervention distribution Projected individual impact 1 3 months 30 HBSP in 30 household 200 individuals 2 1 year 100 HBSP in 100 household 750 individuals 3 2 years 350 HBSP in 350 household 2500 individuals Financial implication: The funds required for implementing the pilot phase of the Home based school program are; $3000 for tutor recruitment and training, $4000 for logistics, $2500 for curriculum development, $5600 for incubation office and support services, $3800 for home tutor stipend for 3months. All expenses are critical to the success of this program. Long term vision To implement sustainable program that improve access to quality education for all.
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