Goldfish Initiative takes child literacy campaign to grassroot
In a bid to eradicate illiteracy among young children in rural areas, a non-governmental organisation, Goldfish Initiative for literacy and poverty alleviation is set to achieve its aim of educating children. With over 20 children in its scholarship scheme and having reached over 4000 children across the country, the initiative is set to make a difference.
According to the Founder of the initiative, Chimanama Rushworth-Moore, “we found out that the there are a lot of children especially in the grassroots areas that are not going to school; people will argue that Nigeria got loads of tertiary institutions, truth is these are the forgotten ones that have fallen through the cracks. This is against human rights especially in this 21st century with social media, if you cannot read or write, have a say, you can’t use your vote and basically you do not exist.
“We want to ensure that authorities recognise the essence of every child reading and writing. We are calling on the presidency and minister for education to please help raise the standard of education in the grassroots.”
The initiative also held a walk, which ended at the Lagos State house recently to lend a voice to the African child.
Rushworth-Moore informed that a visit to these states shows quite heart breaking situations of children going to school half naked, as they cannot afford uniforms. In some cases, they are not going at all because they are hungry.
“I’m hoping to take this beyond Nigeria. I have got letters from Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania and they have asked that this be replicated in their countries because there are children who do not have access to education. I believe that no matter how little our impact is, somewhere, we are touching lives.”
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