The RISE Initiative has developed three projects centered on Education and Youth development. We aim to achieve our vision directly through these projects as they are tailored to solve the problems we have identified within our community.
1. The RISE Challenge (Urban)
Initiated in 2017 under the supervision of Universal Basic Education Board (FCT) and in partnership with our sponsors and partners, this project aims at using academic competitions to challenge pupils in public primary and secondary schools to embrace education and the reading culture. We organize and host spelling bee competitions, essay competitions, the spark quiz competition on basic subjects that relate to national development, personal development and general knowledge. Prizes for winners in these competitions include the RISE school kit, annual library membership, cash prizes, sponsored excursions and lots more.
SPARK QUIZ COMPETITION
At RISE Initiative we seek to challenge young minds to stretch beyond their comfort zone. We adopt quiz competitions as one of the strategies for stimulating increased interest in education. Our maiden quiz competition was held among private secondary schools in Imo State, Nigeria
The quiz competition is structured into four stages; ranging from easy, medium, difficult and a tie breaking stage. The essence of the spark quiz competition is to showcase the academic abilities of pupils from selected schools and spark their interest in various topics while preparing for the competitions.
The quiz competition also aims to inculcate a reading and research culture in the younger generation and to reignite and inspire love for education in children by presenting academics as an entertaining, appealing and rewarding venture. Each stage covers questions drawn from three subjects’ i.e. English, Mathematics and Civic education. Questions are carefully selected based on the government approved school curriculum.
AT RISE Initiative we believe that by instilling strong patriotic national values in the next generation, we help to build a formidable Nation. The essay competition can often times serve as a great judge of literary skills. The last competition required pupils to write a five hundred (500) words essay on the Nigerian flag, its history and importance.
2. The RISE Challenge (Exclusive)
This project aims at using academic competitions to challenge children in orphanage homes to embrace education and the reading culture, while giving them an opportunity to showcase their abilities to the world. We organize and host spelling bee competitions, essay competitions, the spark quiz competition on basic subjects that relate to national development, personal development and general knowledge. Prizes for winners in these competitions include the RISE school kit, a mini library (built for the Orphanage Home with the winning child) and maintained for one year by the RISE Initiative, cash prizes, excursions and lots more. This project was initiated in 2017 and several Homes have benefited from it.
SPELLING BEE COMPETITION
Vocabulary building is a key stone in the academic foundation of every child. Our inaugural spelling bee competition involved children from 10 orphanages within Abuja.
RISE Initiative utilizes the spelling bee as a tool for sharpening the mind of the Nigerian child. The RISE spelling bee wordlists consists of numerous words which were subdivided into Section A (General English) and Section B (Current affairs) which aims to promote the use of libraries and other relevant educational materials e.g. the dictionary. A mock competition is typically held prior to the competition day to assess the state of preparedness of the participants and prepare them for public speaking.
3. RISE Work for Experience project
While it is currently being designed by the RISE team, this is a project that is germane to national development. The Work for Experience project is simply an internship/volunteering /temporary employment services platform where Nigerian youth can be matched with organisations for short/long term internships or volunteering opportunities.
This was developed because most good jobs advertised need some of experience on the part of the prospective employee, however you need a job to gain any form of experience in your desired field. This poses a blockade for young Nigerians as they seem unemployable due to a lack of experience.
Our goal through this project therefore is to create an avenue for young Nigerians to be involved in work that gets them the experience that they need to obtain jobs while also giving organizations an opportunity to contribute to national development as well as achieve their corporate Social Responsibility.