1Child 1Book

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1Child 1Book: Ensuring envery child has a storybook of their own

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Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

1Child 1Book want to put a storybook in the hands of every child who cannot afford one. Children's reading ability is 2 class levels below expected standards. We want to improve the reading ability of children in school and in the long term to improve literacy of Nigerians, starting with a storybook

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if the everyday person in Nigeria could use the resources in books and the internet to continually develop and create job oportunities for themselves, regardless of the level they leave formal education.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

A large number of children leave primary school in Nigeria unable to read or write, due to many factors such as overcrowded classrooms. The government schools, which run free education, ensure all children who enrol go through the process of school one class onto the next. This leads to high numbers of children reading 1-4 years below their expected reading level, thus making the next school class level even more of a struggle.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

First to provide age-appropriate storybooks to children at all levels of primary school. The children are first graded to identify their initial reading levels and this aids the selection of the books to be provided. The books are presented to the children class by class with adult role-models allocated to each class to read with them. Once the books have been provided, a reading period is created in the class time table with the collaboration of the teachers and head teacher. At the next stage the reading period develops into a literacy period, where the stories in the books are acted out into short plays, book readings and drama presentations. A follow on stage is story writing where children are encouraged to write short stories
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Within the reading periods, the teacher in the class temporarily transforms from the strict authoritarian to the lovely story reader with amazing books with pictures. The class is quiet with all concentration toward the person speaking. There is laughter and imagination of what happens next. During these periods higher-level readers and lower-level readers all get a chance to read to their peers and discover they can help each other. Once the stories are being acted out the words come to life with the children’s whimsical acting, their use of vocal tones and body gestures.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Books donated to 1600 children across Lagos state in Nigeria. Distributed story books for use in 5goverment run schools in Lagos state. Worked with 1 class from Primary 4; the pupils are currently in Primary 5 and we follow up with their reading development and also have regular talks with their teachers. On a weekly basis, we work closely with 68 children.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Encouraging discussions and collaboration of social sector, private sector, government and NGO’s on the issues of primary education particularly in literacy. 5 year goal is to have commenced the assessment of the impact of this project will have on a child primary school life. Extended distribution channels for books published and audio and video media. For broader impact we will engage with the media, teachers, community leaders and education authorities. The project needs a lot of dedicated hands and we look to working with the government to utilise the existing mandatory youth service

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

To use the media project as a content creator, developing books from the stories to be distributed as new books to the project and to make them available for sale to children from middle class / well-off families. We will also create and collect books which will be written for the project from adult authors.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Children's' Books for primary level Similar project being run by, Pratham Focus of this organisation is working with out of school children in India, due to lack of adequate school structures and number of out of school children, with the provision of teachers. Ours: Working with existing school structures, government or private.
About You
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About Your Project
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How long has your organization been operating?

Organization Country

Nigeria, LA, FESTAC Town

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, LA

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, NGOs, Businesses.

Primary Target Age Group

3 - 5, 6 - 12.

Your role in Education

Administrator, Resource Officer, Social Worker.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free).

Intervention Focus

Curricular, Extracurricular, Professional Development.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Actively Designing Space & Culture as Essential Elements for Learning: Creating cost-effective methods to infuse a school with habits, language, and materials needed for learning through play.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Trapped Between Competing Pressures: Educators face a lack of capacity to re-imagine and restructure educational settings.


Publishing; Illustrators, Writters of childrens books, Media professionals


African story books

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Improving reading ability of children at primary level with a year.

Secondary Form
PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:
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IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

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APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

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