EdFord Scholars Programme is a learning and mentoring scheme for economically disadvantages students. The pilot edition, funded by online learning platform – HESED Learning, was designed to inspire students to think creatively and apply their talents to a digital project. They were mentored by various experts drawn from a cross section of disciplines, especially in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subject areas. Students also spent time doing catch-up learning on the HESED learning platform. EdFord (Education Forward) was established on the back of very high levels of inequalities in education in Nigeria. The goal is to make education more accessible to the economically disadvantaged through technology-driven catch-up learning programmes. We also work to reinforce graduate employability through our diaspora knowledge transfer and mentorship programme.
We are delighted to introduce EdFord Pilot Project, which is a three week learning and mentoring scheme for a select cohort of students funded by online learning platform – HESED Learning.This pilot phase is designed to inspire students to think creatively and apply their talents to a digital project. They will be mentored by various experts drawn from a cross section of disciplines, especially in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subject areas. They will also spend some time doing catch-up learning on the HESED learning platform.
EdFord (Education Forward) was established on the back of very high levels of inequalities in education in Nigeria. At EdFord, we recognise that no meaningful development can be achieved without prioritising education. Our vision, therefore, is to bring Education Forward as a forerunner to sustainable future development in Nigeria and Africa at large. To achieve this, we strive to minimise or eradicate the gaps in access to education for deprived students by facilitating technology-driven catch- up learning programmes. We also work to reinforce
graduates through our diaspora knowledge transfer and mentorship programme.
On behalf of the EdFord team, I would like to welcome our cohort of students, lead teachers, mentors, HESED foundation for a programme that will impact millions of lives in the years ahead.
20 students from each school will be participating in the programme. The schools will provide a well-lit hall for the students and at least one contact teacher to facilitate the smooth preparation and running of the programme.
Participating students shall be in senior secondary school classes with flair for sciences. It is important that gender parity should be ensured and 20% slot of the participants should be allocated to students with disability, where applicable.
Programme Coordinators are responsible for organising relevant logistics and engaging with all stakeholders to ensure that the programme is implemented smoothly. The coordinators are:
Mentors are professionals drawn from a variety of disciplines to work the students, inspire and enthuse them. Some mentors will guide students through the digital competency project, while others will inspire them in different career and further study opportunities.
The Lead Teachers are drawn from participating schools. They will coordinate the students, ensuring that they arrive promptly for all sessions and their parents are duly informed. It also the responsibility of the Lead Teacher to ensure that the venue is ready for the programme.
HESED is a digital learning platform that provides quality tuition to students (ages 13+) in a safe online environment. We combine expert online education with proven learning techniques to provide high-quality and world-class learning materials. HESED learning material is available on desktop or laptop, tablets, and smartphones.