What’s the name of your project?
Isrina Schools
What problem are you solving with your project?
The problem we’re solving is the inaccessibility to basic quality education, which is a crucial part of creating progress in society and improving the lives of the people.

According to a UNESCO report, 59 million out-of-school children are primary school-aged children and more than half of this figure live in Sub-Saharan Africa, with which one out of five, are living in Nigeria, and 60% of them are girls.

According to UNICEF in 2015, there are 10.5 million children out of school in Nigeria and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the educational system suffered a major setback and this figure is skyrocketing.
How does your project adequately solve this problem?
Isrina Schools is solving this problem by offering low-cost educational services to low-income families who can’t afford their children, basic quality education. Through our Recycle Pay Project Initiative, we are enabling these families to afford our inexpensive educational services and learning necessities.

This initiative, which was introduced in 2019, was launched in partnership with the African Clean-up Initiative, which enables low-income families to significantly cover a portion of their children’s fees through the collection and exchange of recyclables for monetary value.

The use of recyclables has proven to be a sustainable and innovative model of payment, which is needed to ensure the accessibility of basic quality education to children from low-income households in various urban and rural communities within Nigeria.

Through our Recycle Pay project Initiative, Isrina Schools eliminates in its entirety, the existing economic barriers that have limited access to basic quality education in Nigeria.
What groups of people will benefit from your project?
We target male and female students between the ages of 2 to 13 from dominantly low-income households (like in the Ajegunle community in Lagos, Nigeria), especially out-of-school children.
How do you intend to generate revenue in order to become sustainable?
The use of recyclables has proven to be a very sustainable means of revenue – allowing us to create other items gotten from plastics which are then sold to the general public.
What makes your project unique or better than other projects solving this problem?
This project is unique because we are creating a system where children won’t just have access to quality education but will be involved or included in the conversation of resources and cleanliness of the environment through the reduction of garbage.
What strategies will you adopt to scale the impact of your project in the future?
1. We will critically look at how to increase investment in technology.
2. We will also expand according to the needs of the market.
What impact does your project have on your community, region, country, or the world?
Through dedication to our mission, we have been able to impact our environment positively by creating a requisite partnership with individuals in and outside the education sector.
What makes you the right person or team to solve this problem?
The team’s advantage is that everyone possesses over 6-10 years of experience in educational administration and management; thus building our student base from 4 to over 160 in daily attendance.
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