VolunteerCorps is a voluntary organization established in 1992 by a group of Nigerians who believe in the concept of giving back to the society. It is a fully locally funded organization with credible Board members and no political affiliations. Its vision is to promote a passion for volunteerism as a strategy to develop our world.
Volunteer corps has four areas of interest (Volunteerism, Education, Environment and Health) with volunteerism and education being its focus. The future projection is that because of the work its committed to, volunteerism will be an integral part of every Nigerian’s life. Fifty years from the 28th of June 2008 (by 2058), every community and sector will feel the beneficial impact of volunteerism; VolunteerCorps will provide avenue for Nigerians to fulfill their natural instinct to be their brother’s keeper.
- Education program has affected over 1,000 students from 45 government senior secondary schools in Lagos in 6 different local government areas in Lagos State.
- Graduated 544 students since the inception of the program in 2003.
- Given tertiary scholarship awards to 9 of our best overall students.
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CEI approaches in action
VolunteerCorps forms partnerships with education ministries, schools, parents, corporate bodies, individuals and volunteers to reach and support children from disadvantaged families who can only afford public schools because it is free. VolunteerCorps currently has 9 Tutoring centers in resident in "Host School" in Lagos and Ogun State within communities. Needs of the Host Schools are also identifies and VolunteerCorps supports the schools to rebuild and support these schools.
Annual award of scholarship for tertiary education to our best overall students (10).
Organized a total of 18 Boot Camps for the students on our Education Program since December 2008 - 6 Habit Boot Camps for SS 1 students, 5 Purpose Boot Camps for SS 2 students, 1 joint habit-Purpose Boot Camp for SS1 & SS2 students, 5 Opportunity Boot Camps for SS 3 students and 1 General Boot Camp in 2012 for all our students.
VC launched its Employer Supported Volunteerism with CHAMS Plc in May 2014 and Standard Charted Bank in June 2014.
VolunteerCorps a voluntary organization established in 1992 with a mission is to contribute significantly to socio-economic development by promoting voluntary services. To achieve our objectives we implement projects primarily in education, environment and health. VolunteerCorps designed its intervention around research results which suggested that if a child who faced educational challenges got extra tutoring in English and mathematics, that child would do well in all subjects. Thus began the Tutoring Program which offers free tutoring in English Language and Mathematics to children in public senior secondary schools. We began with one tutoring center in 1992 and currently we have 9 centers; 7 in Lagos state and 2 in Ogun state. In the first year of piloting the project in 1992, a school was chosen in Surulere Local Government that in its 18 years of existence did not have a single child go to a tertiary institution and VC recorded a 98% success rate of students in our program go to a tertiary institution for further education. Since then we have not looked back. Thousands of children have benefited from this program with some winning awards and gaining recognition in their chosen professions.
VolunteerCorps seeks to partner with at least one non-governmental organization in the education sector in the six geo-political zone of Nigeria to replicate to scale up and open new centers to impact students. Volunteers, Individuals, and even students who have passed through our program and have been impacted by the program, have called on VolunteerCorps to replicate this program in their states. Hence the need to partner with other NGOs.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Curriculum development and assessment
Program impact assessment
VolunteerCorps recorded a 98% success rate after the commencement of the program in its first host school, Obele Community Senior High School which had no record of any student going to the tertiary institution to 98% of the graduating passing and going on to the university in that same year (2009).
The program is serving low income level families who can only afford to attend government public schools due to the high cost of private school education in Nigeria (2013).
Both parents and students of program have often time written to express their gratitude for the impact in the lives of their children (2012).
70% of graduates are gainfully employed though various skills learned at VolunteerCorps (2013).
90% of the students of VolunteerCorps Education program have gone to to be first graduates in their families (2013).
Annually, more students are interested in the program due to the success rate of the program (2014).
Volunteers are often busy and attrition rate is high (2014)
Enrollment is through recruitment in 45 public schools each term (2014).
Inadequate funding hinders provision of all needs such as textbooks, tutorial manuals, food, etc for all the students and volunteers adequately.