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Abuja Global Shapers fete youth entrepreneurs with N1.4m to develop community school


Abuja Global Shapers in partnership with Selfless for Africa Initiative have provided the winner of its Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) a grant of N1.4million to renovate Rimin Zakara Community School, Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State.

The leader of the winning team Abdulahi Abdulfatai, who is a 300L student of Bayero University, Kano, lamented that the community school was yet to enjoy any benefit of being located behind a university environment as most of the pupils seat on bare floor, and there are little or no learning materials for the students.

He noted that that there aim was to rehabilitate the school within a period of 1month, providing them with basic learning infrastructure, sanitary facilities to ease learning and enable more people to enroll in the school for formal education.


Abdulfatai disclosed that in the six blocks of classroom in the school, there are only 8 benches, so their plan was to first construct benches, while the broken benches would be improvised to provide burglary to protect the classes from intruders.

He further disclosed that a vocational center would be provided for the school to teach boy students carpentry, while females would be taught soap making adding that the team members would make out time to teach the students.

The ELP program Manager, Ejike Ifeanyi pointed that the 3rd edition of the Community Service Programme was funded by Selfless for Africa and facilitated by the Abuja Hub of the Global Shapers Community focusing on youth and exposing them to community service initiatives.

He disclosed that application was thrown open to tertiary institutions across the country, and of the 76 application that were received, three finalists were carefully selected from Bayero University, Kano, University of Benin and University of Abuja who demonstrated a need in their locality and desire to solve the need.

He said “team of one-five youths are expected to choose a deprived community in Nigeria, identify a need in that community and present a proposal addressing the need”.

Ifeanyi said the winning team was provided with $3250, out of which $2500 would be used to implement the community project and $750 would be giving to each participant of the winning team on successful completion of the project valued at N1million.

He pointed out that the grant highlights the dynamism and achievements of young Nigerian individuals who are committed to building a better future for hose communities, adding that it also cultivate the spirit of volunteerism, community service and patriotism

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