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Young Change Maker – Olalekan Kehinde Mathew

olalekan-matthew1The Need
By 2006, 87% student failed WAEC/NECO annual national examinations; by 2007 it has grown to 89%, and for the first time in Nigeria 98% failed. These records are for Mathematics and English alone, suggesting that only 2 out of every 100 students that sat for the exams passed.

The Innovative Idea Response
Project Raise One Million Volunteers to provide additional teaching hours to students starting from Surulere where Olalekan resides.

The Story
Kehinde has just concluded his mandatory 1 year youth service after graduating from the university, and is back to Lagos fully aware of and worried by the alarming failure rates being recorded among students in the annual national WAEC/NECO examinations. To contribute his quota in stemming this ugly trend, he decided to raise an army of volunteers interested to give their time to teach children especially in community schools. To walk his talk, Kehinde, a graduate of Covenant University began all alone by volunteering as a tutor to Eric More High School, Surulere a walking distance from his office to give the students one hour daily tutorial on past questions in Math & English for two months before their final examinations.

Result
Over 300 hundred students benefitted from Kehinde’s offer and there was a significant 20% increase in pass rate for the students, higher than the school records in the last 10years.

Again, during his service year in Cross Rivers in 2009, he trained over 200 youth in Computer Application and Website Designing, which led to the building and hosting of a free website for the Local Government Area in a collaborative effort with his students.

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