The Coronavirus pandemic has brought about untold hardship and challenges across the globe, affecting all aspects of life in ways we could never have imagined. One of the major impacts has been on the education sector. COVID19 has widened education inequality as children and youths from underprivileged communities are unable to access the learning materials that students from affluent backgrounds are able to access.
Online learning is the safest, most affordable and most practical means of engagement with students during and after this unprecedented period of social volatility. In view of the above challenges, Prudential Zenith Life Insurance through a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Fund from the Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential Plc in Asia and Africa, donated the sum of One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$100,000) to Slum2school in order to combat the impact that COVID-19 has on education in disadvantaged communities in Nigeria.
Slum2School Africa is a leading volunteer-driven developmental organisation, transforming society by empowering underprivileged children in slums and remote communities with quality education, entrepreneurial skills and psychosocial support to enable them to realise their full potential and become social reformers. The strategic partnership between Prudential Zenith Life and Slum2School aims to bridge this gap and engage learners from Nursery to Senior Secondary school across twenty slums and communities in Lagos State.
The $100,000 donation will be used to procure:
300 Tablets with internet connections.
34 Laptops for Slum2School Facilitators.
34 Whiteboards, Markers and board eraser sets.
State of the art learning studio for 50-90 pupils per session
Stationery for students.
Learning programs and software.
In addition, relief foodstuff has been provided to less privileged families within the identified communities’ to assist in these trying times. Our contribution to Slum2Schools’ activities demonstrates our Corporate Social Responsibility action plan which is targeted towards communities most in need of the support we provide.
Photo: L-R Head of Operation Slum2School Innovation Hub Dr Ruth Ebe, MD/CEO Prudential Zenith Life Insurance – Mr Chuks Igumbor, Executive Director/Founder Slum2School Innovation Hub, Mr Otto Orondaam and Chief Commercial Officer- Prudential Zenith Life Insurance, Mrs Isioma Olowu during the cheque presentation of $100,000USD donation to support Slum2School efforts at bridging the education gap amongst the less privileged students during this COVID-19 pandemic.