Knowledge on Wheels is a project set up towards creating symbiotic relationship between schools across borders to establish a global partnership for sustainable development. It simply denotes that schools in partnership can foster newly established schools in developing worlds through resource support, networking and exchange of ideas and also by donating school materials that they are no longer in need of, thereby giving it a second life and changing the faces of communities hard pressed by poverty and lack standard education.
In the Knowledge on Wheels project we worked with the Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School in Hollywoodrath, Dublin 15, to become partners with the Beacon Of Hope School in Igwe, Nigeria.
The facilitator of the project will provide a van to the partner school in Dublin.
The pupils and teachers of this school will then paint the school logo onto the van, and fill it with school materials and start up resources.
Then, the van will be shipped to the school in Nigeria.
The journey of the Knowledge on Wheels van will be documented on video, starting from the school in Dublin to the port and then further to the school in Nigeria.
Finally, the recipient school in Nigeria will receive the school materials.
In addition to this, there will be regular exchanges of the class peer to peer learning between both schools through Skype.
Igwe village, of Oju Local Government Area, Benue State, Nigeria, is an extremely underdeveloped subsistence farming village.
It has the potential for sustainable development to improve its economy, but lacks a viable option to do so. As a result, many villagers move to the cities or work the farms in the southern part of Nigeria, to escape unemployment and poverty. This is referred to as the "kurumi syndrome".
Children are sent away to work as maids or live-in care givers in far away cities such as Lagos and Kaduna. In return for their paid labour, their employers are also meant to educate these children or allow them to learn a trade or acquire a skill. However, in most cases this does not happen.
Our Charity intends to reduce this unhealthy migration by providing free basic education for children of school going age and by setting up skill acquisition centres for empowering the community in order to break the poverty cycle.
We seek to provide high standards of continuous education to the children in this community.