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United Nations declared March 8th every year as the International Women’s Day. This day put the social, political, economic achievements of women and their significant contributions to the society in the limelight. For 2017, the International Women’s Day theme is #BeBoldForChange. This captures the courage of many women in the face of daunting societal/cultural pressures.
From time immemorial, women have made significant contributions to almost every success story the world has recorded. They have recorded feats worthy of commendation! Most remarkably, women have audaciously risen and are breaking free from the shackles of societal mistreatment and misunderstanding of what a woman stands for.
Every International Women’s day is a day to celebrate the BEAUTY OF WOMANHOOD. It’s a day to celebrate the invaluable symbol of strength, courage and love, which a woman stands for, either as a wife, sister, mother, friend, or work colleague. It’s an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.
Impact Africa Foundation seizes today as an opportunity to celebrate women and their successes.
We also wish to say that in line with our pillars, we are committed to ensuring that every child, regardless of gender gets access to quality education, mentoring and a level playing ground to achieve career excellence.
The Nigerian constitution clearly stipulates that every child, boy or girl, has the right to education. Actually, the constitution even requires a free and compulsory education for children between the ages 6 through 15 years. Nonetheless, we are aware that there are over 10million children that are not in school and are not receiving any form of training to help them better their lots of life. Of these 10 million children, the woman – or more accurately, the girl child – constitutes a sizeable chunk.
The mandate to ensure that this figures change is not restrictive, it is rather open to every human that seeks to uphold the human bond that keeps us all together. This is a mandate we cannot afford to default in.
All hands must be on deck to ensure that every child has access to quality education, regardless of their gender.
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On Saturday, 4th of March, RAIN in collaboration with impact Africa foundation (IAF), hosted 10 schools in Ogun State in the grand finale of its annual student competition – Future Accountant Manager Entrepreneur (FAME). The competition was first organized in 2003 and has been held every year since then. And IAF officially became a sponsor since 2010. This year’s programme was tagged ‘Impact 2017’.
The event took place at Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Ijebu-Ode and was the climax of a 2month long competition where students from 24 schools participated in the competition. Only 10 schools made it to the grand finale. The schools are, in no particular order:
1. Remo secondary school, Sagamu.
2. Federal government girls’ college, Sagamu
3. Mayflower school, Ikenne
4. Ijebu muslim college, Ijebu-Ode
5. Adeola Odutola college, Ijebu-Ode
6. Anglican girls grammar school, Ijebu-Ode
7. Ijebu-Ode grammar school, Ijebu-Ode
8. Our lady of apostles secondary school, Ijebu-Ode
9. Commands secondary school, Ilese
10. St. Anthony grammar school, Ilese
Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Ijebu-Ode represented by Adewale Boluwatife came 3rd. She went home with a medal, school bag, exercise books, an android phone and a trophy for her school.
Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, Ijebu-Ode represented by Olusanya Nurudeen came 2nd. He went home with a medal, desktop computer, school bag, exercise books and a trophy for his school.
Ijebu Muslim college, Ijebu-Ode represented by Busaur Aminat came 1st. She was rewarded with a laptop, school bag, exercise book and trophy for the school. IAF also awarded her a scholarship in respect of her ATS examinations.
The other students representing their schools received consolation prizes such as school bags and exercise books etc. All co-ordinating teachers of the top ten schools were also given prizes.
Taiwo Oyedele, the president of IAF and chairman of the RAIN gave a speech titled “Make Everyday Count” at the event. He gave the following 5 tips:
1. Have a plan i.e plan your daily activities towards achieving your goals.
2. Manage your time effectively
3. Avoid Distractions
4. Develop yourself
5. Take stock, meditate and reflect
Other activities at the event included Dancing, Miming of song, Personality hunt e.t.c.
Finally, IAF is proud to have been associated with the project, we are equally excited about the fact that a burning desire for educational and career excellence was birthed in the minds of many students that were in attendance.
We remain confident that the fruits of IMPACT 2017 will spring forth in the nearest future, and also, we remain committed to initiating and supporting projects that will improve the quality of education in Africa and help young people reach great heights in their career pursuits.
Below are pictures from the event:
On Wednesday, 14th December and Thursday 15th December 2016, the Impact Africa Foundation team visited schools in Ogbomosho and Durba, Oyo state as part of the activities aimed at our objective of “Supporting the education of less privileged children in the society”.
The Schools visited were: Anglican Grammar School, Ogbomosho and Community High School, Durba. Both schools are located in Oyo State. The team was warmly welcomed at both schools and the principals expressed their appreciation for the initiative adding that it has ignited a competitive learning environment for the students as a lot of them now aspire to become beneficiaries of the next scholarship by reason of outstanding performances.
A total of 33 students per school benefited from the Scholarship Scheme making a total of 66 students for the two schools. In addition, school bags, books and pens were donated to each beneficiary and other students who attended the event. A career talk was held with the students on the importance of education to their future. This was followed by a question and answer session with consolation prizes given to the students.
Our experience at both schools has further strengthen our resolve to continue with our pursuit of quality education children in Africa. The infrastructure at both schools are dilapidated and unconducive for learning while most students wore tattered school uniforms. From our dialogue with the principals at both schools, many parents could not afford to pay their ward’s fees combined with the unpaid salaries of teachers, effective school management was lacking. Sadly, many of the students struggle to communicate in English and would rather speak their dialect.
The combined effect of the various factors meant that only a handful of the students make it to the final level (Senior Secondary School - SSS3) out of which a small faction (about 30%) actually pass the West African Examination Council’s (WAEC) final examinations. Community High School Durba currently has just 5 students in SSS3 preparing to write WAEC.
We believe that every child deserves quality education and the opportunity to dream and hope for a better life. We are committed to this course and with your support we will change the world one child at a time.
Many thanks to our donors for making this possible and giving hope to otherwise hopeless children. We appreciate you very much.
Below are pictures from the event:
In a bid to combat poverty and make the world a better place to live in, the United Nations (UN) assembly has declared the 20th December of every year the ‘International Human Solidarity Day’. This is to promote the culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing.
Solidarity in this context is identified in the Millennium Declaration as helping others who are suffering or benefiting the least which is an important part in strengthening International Solidarity. The International Human Solidarity Day was founded on the basis of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by world leaders in September 2015.
The SDGs is made up of 17 goals set to transform the world with focus on people and planet in the next 15 years. This succeeds the Millennium Development Goals earlier set in the year 2000 with a deadline of 2015.
Below is a list of the SDGs:
(1) No Poverty (2) Zero Hunger (3) Good Health and well-Being (4) Quality Education (5) Gender Equality (6) Clean water and Sanitation (7) Affordable and clean energy (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth (9)Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (10) Reduced Inequalities
(11) Sustainable Cities and Communities (12) Responsible Consumption and Production (13) Climate Action (14) Life below Water (15) Life on Land
(16) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (17) Partnerships for the goals
The International Solidarity Day according to the United Nations is:
• a day to celebrate our unity in diversity;
• a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements;
• a day to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity;
• a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals including poverty eradication;
• a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.
Join the team in ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice. This is not for the Government neither is it for the private sector or the civil society. It is our collective and individual responsibility to make the world a better place. Change begins with you!
We at Impact Africa have started this drive in ensuring that the less privileged child in Africa has access to quality education by providing support. Volunteering to support this cause is one sure way of helping towards achieving one or more of the SDGs. Make that move today and you have contributed to making the world a better place.
Please click here to volunteer.
“It's not enough to have lived.
We should be determined to live for something.
May I suggest that it be creating joy for others,
sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind,
bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”
― Leo Buscaglia
We at Impact Africa Foundation continue to drive and achieve our objective of providing support to the less privileged children in Africa. This time, we were in Rivers State, Nigeria to visit Godknows Atata, a 15 year old, JSS 2 student of Government Secondary School, Okarki, Rivers State.
Godknows Atata was born with Amelia and has lived without aid but found convenience in his condition. He attends school like every normal kid, writes and socializes. Our attention was drawn to this kid by a National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) member, Aron Smiggle Blaresyn who currently serves as a teacher in Godknows’ school. The visit was championed by the Education Ambassador for Impact Africa Foundation, Vincent Adeoba.
The visit to GodKnows was welcomed and appreciated by the students and teachers of the school. With the support of the public via donations and suggestions, a wheelchair was donated to Godknows and a scholarship to sponsor his education up to University level.
This action undertaken by us with your support further buttresses the fact that disability is no excuse for failure. In disability lies ability and it takes determination and our collective responsibility to provide for the less privileged in our society, see beyond the present and work towards a better future.
We do not take for granted your support in helping dreams come true and we appreciate you.
Below are pictures from the visit.
Thank you all.
As part of the objectives of the foundation in supporting the education of less privileged children, we are pleased to bring to you the first beneficiary of the Impact Africa Foundation (IAF) scholarship.
His name is Bisi Olajuyigbe. He is thirteen (13) years old and an indigene of Ekiti State whose creativity was admired by the IAF team while showcasing a piece at an event in Ekiti State. This lad had produced a portable mobile fan from recycled materials including a plastic soap case, a pet bottle and other materials.
The IAF team engaged him in a conversation and experienced a communication gap as he had little understanding of English and answered questions in his dialect (Yoruba) which he spoke eloquently. We got in touch with his mother who confirmed to the team that Bisi had to drop out of school as a result of her inability to pay his tuition.
We are giving Bisi a chance to achieve his dreams of becoming an engineer and have proceeded to enroll him at Our Lady of Fatima International College in Ekiti State. He has taken the entry examination and he is to begin Junior Secondary School (JSS) One by September 18, 2016 at. Asides regular school, an arrangement for extra lessons have been made to re-orientate him and speed up his learning process.
This is a step in the right direction and we have started with one.
Represent a good cause and let us rebuild a foundation together. Please support this cause by volunteering to be part of the Foundation’s activities and you are sure of positively impacting an individual.
We are funded by donations from the public and the proceeds from the sale of a book written by Taiwo Oyedele President IAF titled ‘Insights on Taxation and Fiscal Policy’. To purchase please click -------> PURCHASE BOOK
We seek donations to fund education related activities like this. Please make donations to IAF Naira account with details below:
ACCOUNT NAME: IMPACT AFRICA FOUNDATION
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 1014295529
Thank you for your support always.
A sound and dynamic tax system is a critical factor for economic development including job creation, social welfare, better standard of living. At the heart of this is the need for a clear and robust tax policy framework which must be properly implemented.
Nigeria's current National Tax Policy was approved in 2010 but has barely been implemented . To address this, the Minister of Finance recently set up a committee to review the Policy and make recommendations for effective implementation.
Areas of focus include key policy considerations regarding the following:
Review of the National Tax Policy document;
Enactment and amendment of the tax laws;
Effective implementation of the National Tax Policy;
Ensuring inter-agencies cooperation between revenue agencies toward enhancing the revenue of the Federation;
Review and expansion of Nigeria treaty network and Double Taxation Agreement regime;
Regular review of tax policy, legislation and administration; and
Any other issue.
Below is a copy of the invitation for input from all stakeholders for your action. I have also attached a copy of the existing tax policy for your reference.
Join the conversation, participate and contribute. Together we can make Nigeria great!
In furtherance of its objectives to support the education of less privileged children in the society, the Board of Trustees of Impact Africa Foundation (IAF) are pleased to announce the appointment of the first volunteer ambassador for the Foundation in person of Vincent Adeoba.
A graduate of Management and Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Vincent was born without a silver spoon. Having gone through personal challenges in his education which ignited his passion in supporting less privileged children, he has demonstrated an unrivalled passion in supporting the education of under-privileged persons in Nigeria. From visiting waning schools in different states across the country to drawing attention to the plight of many students amid decaying educational infrastructure and total neglect as well as soliciting public support on behalf of many schools, he is without a doubt a worthy ambassador that we are proud to be associated with.
His duties include representing the Foundation at public engagements, identification of projects and obtaining input and feedback to the Foundation's programmes.
Please join us in welcoming our first ambassador, Vincent Adeoba.
The Impact Africa Foundation in conjunction with the Reformed Ambassadors International Network (RAIN) on Saturday, 20th February 2016 organized the Future Accountants, Managers and Entrepreneurs (FAME) competition at the Our Lady of Apostles School, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
The FAME competition, commenced in the year 2011 but this is the first year it was exclusively for public secondary schools. The aim of the competition is to source the best talents in selected public schools across states in Nigeria and support their education in their chosen career path especially in Accounting, Management and Entrepreneurship.
The event hosted ten (10) public secondary schools across Ogun State with two representatives from each school tested on accounting, commerce and economics subjects. It was a fun filled and educational event and was led by the President of the Reformed Ambassadors International Network, Mr. Adewale.
The Impact Africa Foundation was well represented by the President of the Foundation, Mr. Taiwo Oyedele and accompanied by the executive staff of the Foundation, Miss Ibukun Ayorinde. It was indeed not just an educational event, but an interactive one filled with various activities engaging all students at the event. The IAF President, gave a speech encouraging the students to embark and focus on well-defined career paths.
Ikenne Community High School emerged winner of the competition, followed by AGSS as the second and the Mayflower School Ikenne came third. They were all awarded medals, trophies and prizes for their success. Other participating schools also received consolation prizes.
Below are some pictures from the event: