The Oando Foundation’s core focus and strategy is the Adopt a School Initiative (AASI), a public-private partnership designed to improve the deplorable state of public primary schools through a holistic approach of integrated school improvement. AASI is based on the premise that government funding alone cannot bring schools to the required standards, hence the need for private sector and other partnership involvement. The AASI initiative impacts Nigeria’s educational sector by identifying, adopting, renovating dilapidated public schools and improving the quality of learning in those adopted schools, thereby providing proof of concept for replication.
According to the UIS, Nigeria is home to the world’s largest population of OOSC, which stands at approximately 8.7 million (GMR, 2010). In an attempt to support of the country’s education reform initiatives and relieve pressure on government resources, the Oando Foundation is seeking to revamp an array of government-run primary schools.
In order to realise their mission Oando seeks to improve the learning environment in primary schools by holistically creating world-class basic education systems to the community, and meet their vision to create a sustainable and successful educational system in Nigeria that educates and empowers children. The Oando Foundation’s focus is positioned across eight distinct topical areas: girls education, infrastructural development, teacher training, early childhood care, information technology, scholarship programmes, community engagement and advocacy.