Molara Foundation – Reducing financial barrier to education
It is an open secret that most families in Nigeria and indeed Africa have no social protection whatsoever and a number of private individuals and organizations have made efforts to reduce the numbers. One of them is Molara Foundation.
Established with the mission of reducing the financial barrier to education starting with Nigeria and with a goal of taking this mission across the rest of Africa, Molara Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to support education across the continent by providing scholarships to out-of-secondary school students who are aiming to further their education in either tertiary or vocational schools.
The Foundation’s scholarship program augments the income of very low-income households in Africa. A new dispensation where students will no longer wander around, where students no longer look at finances before choosing a course to study in the higher institution, vocational schools or online programs is around.
At the recent launch of the foundation, the founder, Lara Orija said, “I find it a great privilege to give back to the society where I grew up. It shatters my heart to see post-secondary school students loiter around the streets and out of school. This foundation aims to reduce that. We hope to reduce the opportunity gap between the high and low-income earners and help as many students as possible through higher institutions, vocational schools, or online training courses. This launch is also a call to the general public to donate to our cause and support out-of- school students to have an opportunity to learn and gain vital skills to enhance their knowledge.”
“We know that many families in Africa have no social protection whatsoever. We have heard and seen families in Nigeria and other parts of Africa who suffer through weeks and months of economic uncertainty. These are the issues we aim to tackle. Our education scholarship program is targeted at protecting the incomes of African families. We offer students education scholarship benefits to help them sustain and pick up for the rest of their school term even when their families cannot provide. We also want to give students and graduates working experience by bringing internship and development/learning programs into the mix. This experience will prepare them for life in a working environment, setting them down the right path. We believe this will give them a competitive edge in their endeavours.”
Molara Foundation wants to create a pathway to education through scholarships and assist youth empowerment across Africa. The organisation is on a mission to create opportunities for underprivileged young people in Africa through education and career guidance. At its foundation is the drive to be a catalyst for social change. It sets out to facilitate educational opportunities and resources for young African people and create a self-sustaining scholarship foundation for Africa.
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