Community Education Centers (CECs)
CORAfrica plans to build Community Education Centers (CECs) as traditional model schools throughout the rural areas of Nigeria, especially where the need for education is greatest. CORAfrica''s founding mission extends beyond simply building conventional schools. Our Community Educational Centers (CECs) will include primary and secondary schools with room for residential students within rural communities. CECs will also include and agricultural station, a clinic and health education facility, a borehole with clean drinking water, a library with internet access, and a micro financing institution to support socially-responsible entrepreneurial efforts within the village (especially for women and men rearing school age children). Moreover, we hope to promote within our CECs local scholarship opportunities for the most promising villagers and working vacations for volunteers to help out where CORAfrica operates. This educational agenda purports to develop the future leaders of Africa through CORAfrica programs.
Community Education Centers are more than schools. They serve as an important part of the community and leverage community talents and knowledge toward the education of young people.
CORAfrica will work directly with the Community and Church-based organizations in Nigeria to build its CECs and also improve already existing schools within rural villages. Our working vacations will also allow volunteers to help build CECs and other educational facilities where neccessary, from the ground up.
Health Awareness Programs
The Health Awreness program consists of educating children on Health Awreness and the public on health-related needs for children. The program will liaise the community with the school by enlisting adult education and training on preventive health methods for children. It will focus on the effects of HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases such as leprosy, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Typhoid, and Hepatitis. The program will also focus on therapeutic support skills, giving voice to children affected by AIDS , guardianship and social integration, as well as broad-based community response.
CORAfrica will establish microcredit opportunities in rural areas especailly where its Community Education Centers (CECs) exist. Such a program will facilitate banking and loan repayment systems that would make possible the disbursement of low-interest soft loans to poor rural farmers, especially women. This will help CORAfrica manage a form of credit building for farming communities to support agricultural activities and other small business ventures that will in turn help parents and guardians pay for their children''s education.
The program will enlist rural farmers (men and women) by training them locally in credit building, with a focus on self-reliance, strategic marketing, massive production and storage of home food items. This credit facility will in future advance farmers with materials such as fertilizers, agro-chemicals, seeds, farm implements and other needs.
Agricultural Awareness Programs
This program will focus primarily on teaching agro-allied ventures to children (and informally to their parents) at our Community Education Center locations. Each school will house an Agricultural Station with individual local farmers who will collaborate with extension experts. To enhance this program, both children and adults will receive training within the Community Educational Centers with special emphasis on agricultural processes and management practices, as well as and the use of modern farming aids. This collaboration will also enable farmers to boast agriculture as their mainstay to help afford the means to educate their children. Community-based agriculture connects local farmers to community educational centers directly by training of students in land use and nutritional sustainabilty
Working Volunteer Vacations
Working Volunteer Vacations are designed for mostly independent travellers who on their visit to Nigeria; a country that is unacustomed to tourism would seize the opportunity to build educational facilities in rural areas under the care, safety and supervision of experienced guides. It is also a chance to experience the heart of Africa; Nigeria in its rural grandeur. A Trip to Nigeria is not for the faint-of-heart. Nigeria does not have the "natural wonders" or high mountain challenges of Kenya or Tanzania or other Eastern African countries. There are not vast plains full of wildebeasts and zebra. What Nigeria does have is some of the most friendly and hospitable people in the world living mostly in poverty. Nigeria is challenging, but it is also safe and rewarding. The "attractions" are the people of Nigeria and the new friends you will make as you work hand-in-hand to build one small part of a better future for Nigeria''s rural children and communities.
Educational Opportunities & Exchange Program
While we focus adequately on the educational needs of children in rural areas by building model schools and providing educational facilities to enable children learn better, our educational programs will also focus on the need for research, teacher training and student and faculty exchange. With the ongoing partnership of CORAfrica and SUNY International Programs, a program to support capacity building efforts through exchange opportunities has become operative since 2006. This program will enable SUNY scholars to travel to Nigeria for working vacations, while Nigerians will have an opportunity to travel to the US for training courses.