In Nigeria, more than 10.5 million children are out of school, most of them in the north of the country, and many of them girls. 40% of Nigerian children aged 6-11 do not attend primary school, 30% of the ones that do drop out of primary school while only 54% go on to junior secondary schools. Kids often have to drop out of school because their parents can't afford to continue paying their fees.
ScholarX, a startup founded to connect Nigerian students to local and international scholarships, has launched a new product, Village, to to solve the problem of students dropping out of school due to a lack of funds.
The name "Village" is inspired by the African saying, "It takes a village to raise a child". Historically, it literally took a group of people including friends, friends’ friends, neighbours and a long line of people to contribute to a child’s success. That concept of contributing, especially financially, to a cause has morphed into crowdfunding and that's what Bola Lawal’s ScholarX is leveraging on.
Village has already raised over N1 million for students. To request for funding, students are required to share their story with a video, the team then evaluates before publishing the request. Sponsors also have the option of reaching out to the student before the donations are finally disbursed.