It is easy to understand the need for education and as much as 35% of all CSR budgets concentrate on education initiatives. However, these CSR initiatives are often restricted in scope, have limited collaboration and are so thinly spread that there is little chance of sustained change. Since education is for at least 10 years per child, holistic programming is required.
Mayflower will have four key initiatives that between them begin to assist in the transformation of community education. Initiatives are for early childhood development; whole school development; mathematics, science and technical education; bursaries and scholarships.
The emphasis of Mayflower is that these initiatives will be delivered within a targeted community, in the first instance in Ebute-Metta.
Ebute-Metta and the local Yaba Council (Lagos Mainland LGA) have a total of 155 registered and state authorised educational facilities serving a population of approximately 1 million people. Almost 60% of these are less than 19 years old. They desperately need our help for long enough that can change their lives.
The Mayflower initiatives will be designed so that the community has a significant part to play in implementing and sustaining the education initiatives.