Quality education has not yet been achieved in Nigeria, the homeless children are denied their rights to education, this is also obtainable in some countries in the world and this calls for global concerns. According to UN sources, there are about 150 million homeless children in the world today. There are over 230,700 children who live in the streets of Nigeria. These children work and live on the street. They have been abandoned by their families, and hence the streets have now become their homes. In the northern cities of Nigeria are found the Almajiri. These are children who are sent by Islamic tutors to beg in the street. Koranic education in northern Nigeria actually encourages this practice. In the cities of southern Nigeria, a few of such could also be found, but in this case, they serve as guides to physically handicapped adults. Homeless children and unaccompanied homeless youth should have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education.
In the education sector, this part of the population are not included for holistic educational development, this is of great concern and strongly call for action to make a significant difference in the lives of homeless children in my country. It is this consciousness that motivates me to aspire towards undertaking postgraduate studies in education. The knowledge and skills that I will gain by taking modules such as Effective Leadership and Change in Education and the Literacies and Learning in and out of school would prepare me to contribute to the education of the homeless children in my country.
The homeless children struggle on a daily basis and experience barriers to education because of their homeless situation that restricts their educational achievement. The knowledge and skills that I will acquire during the course of the programme would enable me to create educational access and opportunity to this disadvantaged group of the population which would enhance a sustainable development in Nigeria. The vulnerable homeless children will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this educational investment.
Upon returning to Nigeria, I look forward to using my newly acquired knowledge, exposure and broader perspective in education to lead my NGO "Our Love for Literacy" intending to provide education opportunity for the homeless children in Nigeria.
I look forward to running the homeless children education upon my return from the UK by 2021. I am already registered with two professional bodies in my country, the Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria and Nigeria Institute of Management. These associations should give me the right edge and support in education and management within Nigeria. Hence, upon returning they shall be a networking base. By 2025 I should have over 2000 homeless students in my school. My NGO would be in form of charity home where homeless children are housed, feed, clothed, educated and trained to join the global society as responsible citizens who shall also contribute to national and global development. By 2035 'Our Love for Literacy' foundation should be nationally and globally known for educational impact.