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Life chances diminish when a one fails to discover his or her talents at a very young age. Early discovery has always been the talisman to thrust into dynamic successes.
As the world suffers from economic malaise and macro policies have dangled among scholars without a concrete solution, there is a need to replace over-concentration on popular careers especially among poor nations and help to build natural talents. By 2015, about 60 million Nigerians would be unemployed equaling the population of 5 - 6 European countries. Of the 23.59 percent unemployment rate in Nigeria (only 5.6 percent in 2006), 80 percent are ‘unemployable’. Pathetically, there only 200,000 carrying capacity of Nigerian University system as against an annual demands of over 1 million admission seekers.
With our pilot testing in Alimosho Local Government, ( the fastest growing local council in Africa's second biggest city(Lagos), we are reaching out to a community where 80 percent of its schools are mushroom schools popularly called private schools ( 488 in total).
The 1864 Academy is setting the pace for the revolution. Our parents' education cannot define our life.
Considering the historical and contemporary skill-demand for innovation for economic development, entrepreneurship and workplace productivity, it is believed that the country can coalesce five major skills that would supplement this moribund system for the formal sector. They include cultural skills in Creative/Classics Arts, Film Making, Writing, Music while teaching them through core knowledge in Computer Programming
Children will be tutored by local and foreign experts and exposed to trends, seminars, opportunities and workshops within these fields. They shall all major in some skills and minor in others. Lectures will also be done via skype. The Academy believes this would ignite children with passion for expert-based economic growth and improve national intellectual base. Brilliant students will be sent for further training, local and international internships. After the formal training, participants shall be go through 2 years e-mentorship program where they will be monitored for growth.
The need for a revolution is inevitable. The core areas of the Academy will focus on currently neglected cultural skills including MUSIC, ARTS, FILM-MAKING AND WRITING with an underlying core of COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY training that pulls them all together. We believe these skills are the most fundamental human needs in the world today, either for the academics or for technological innovations. These five beats have suffered tremendously in the hands of policy makers in Nigeria. At Pilot in 2013, The Academy will help bring 320 children together and train them as inspired by their hunger for change and not necessarily by their natural gifts heralding future heroes and stars in these fields for Nigeria and the World at large.
By 2020, we would extend to a full time academy with over 5000 students becoming the first children academy in Lagos and contributing as much as a 20 percent increase to the total number of prevailing vocational/training schools in Lagos. We would also expand to other mega cities in Nigeria including Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Kano and Abuja.
INNOVATIVE INTERNAL EVALUATION SCHEME
Each student will be connected to others by belonging to a TEAM. Aside from standard evaluation that qualifies participants to further stages ( e.g from Orientation to the Academy), every successful student in each process would share his gained resource and expertise (from the Academy) with other students in his or team who didn"t proceed to te next stage. This would ensure that almost everyone is impacted and the network of the !864 Academy strive beyond successful participants. Progress report would be submitted and complaints will be entertained from participants who do not garner the required support from successful participants. This is to ensure synergy and encourage team spirit within our process and ensuring that the Academy network is well enriched and adequately spread in the course of time.
VISION: to become Nigeria and Africa's most resourceful training and capacity building academy for children
MISSION: matching human capabilities with missing opportunities for children and the less privileged.