What better way to solve a problem than to eliminate the root cause?
In The Genius in Every Child, I stated that every child is unique in their own way and should be given the creative space to grow and know themselves by being curious and practicalize their knowledge.
Aramide Akintimehin @_aralola is building future leaders doing just that and in a special way too. She created a Free-tuition school for out-of-school children in Nigeria. She is the founder of Talent Mine Academy which provides basic education for children whose parents are unable to afford school fees.
In Nigeria, there are more than 10.2 – 13.2 million out-of-school children (UBEC Report). These children are from low-income communities of the country.
In order to reduce the number of out-of-school children, and to give these children a chance to basic education, Aramide is giving her time to educate them on Saturdays. The children are eager to learn and she is ready to teach, providing the basic education they require to improve their chances for a better future.
According to Aramide, education should be less of a mechanical or industrial process and more of engaging with human curiosity, imagination, and creativity.
Talent Mine Academy (TMA) is a free-tuition school that focuses on life skills, digital skills, basic numeracy, and mentorship programs. The aim of Talent Mine Academy is to provide quality and inclusive education to out-of-school children in low-income communities, with hopes to close the gap that exists in our current education system. To grow this initiative, more volunteers, collaborators, and facilitators are required to enable these children to become better versions of themselves. People learn better with ease when they have mentors to guide them, and so far we have had volunteers come to mentor these children, we are indeed grateful.
“The child that was once identified as a dullard, slow learner and one having ‘spiritual issues’ is now one of the most confident pupils in my classroom and also one of the teaching assistants in class just because he had a teacher who paid attention to his learning needs and most importantly believed in him. I believe every child; if given the right combination of tools, love, support, attention, and motivation can thrive in this dynamic world.” – Aramide Akintimehin
Below is a video from League of extraordinary Nigerians about Aramide’s story detailing her experience and success stories. In addition, a donation link to enable Talent Mine Academy (TMA) acquire stationaries, laptops, different furniture and other equipment to boost the learning experience of the students is provided here.
As we know, the best way to predict the future is to create it.