Shaba Philip Jafe ia a project officer at Rising child foundation.

Shaba Philip Jafe has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma in Nigeria and also three weeks of Practicum training at Neuron Psychiatric hospital Benin City in Nigeria. While working as Project manager with Rising Child Foundation in Nigeria under the SDG 4 for Quality Education, he helped improve quality education of rural dwellers living in his community by organize spelling bee competition and small gesture big different. Previously, Philip worked with Communication Network Support System Limited under MTN Nigeria domain as Customer Care Representative. Philip has volunteered as peer educator with several groups, he is also a member of Red Cross Society Nigeria. Through these experiences, he developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. Philip enjoys focusing on the topics of quality education and has a strong passion for youth empowerment.

Over the last three years working with Rising Child Foundation, I have the opportunity to organize outreaches, educational projects in underserved communities and annual spelling bee competition, The spelling bee is targeted mostly at students in public schools whose financial background and lack of access to proper learning aids often leave them behind their peers. It is designed to help level the playing ground for them, boost confidence, promote healthy competition, and inspire them to do better academically. Since inception, we have impacted over 3,000 kids from low income communities. During third edition of #SmallGestureBigDiffere, we partnered with Home Street Kids Initiative to reach out to over 300 street children in Ilorin, Kwara State. Street children are vulnerable to sexual exploitations on a daily basis and it is important to continue to sensitize them to know that their body is their own and no one has the right to hurt them or touch their private parts. To drill in our message to the kids, the song/message was translated to Hausa, the major language of the street children in kofar Gambari community of Ilorin. The program ended with loads of food, music and gift. As part of our efforts to increase access to literacy and Education in Kwara State, we set up the first ever little library at Home Street Kids Initiative, Ilorin, a school for street children. We strongly believe the library will go a long way to support the children’s learning and encourage them to #ReadADay. An interesting fact about the little library is that, it is managed by the children (under the supervision of their teachers) to equip them with early leadership and management skills. As part of it’s sustainability, will hold monthly Storytelling sessions at the school to read the story books and discuss the lessons learnt.

My inspiration is my satisfaction. When I help someone or my community, they become happy and sometime they say thank you.

I will advice young people to take the lead! there is an issue in each and everyone community that needs attention.

Social media handle: twitter @shabaphilip2

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