Africa Education Partnership

Promoting peace and reconciliation through education

aka Africa Education Partnership, Inc.   |   SOUTH WINDSOR, CT   |  www.africaep.org

Mission

Africa Education Partnership believes that the future success of Nigeria lies in a high quality education for all children regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity. It is our mission to work with individuals, community groups, and organizations that share our goal and to provide funding for the construction and annual operating costs of of schools that embrace this vision. We help to provide safe learning environments by building and renovating schools, providing safety walls, and constructing wells and toilets. We also help to provide playground and sports equipment. In addition, we meet with teachers and students to share materials, ideas, and problem-solve during our yearly trips (when possible).

Ruling year info

2014

President

Mr. Donald Ghostlaw

Mrs.

Elaine Chagnon

Main address

99 SAND HILL RD

SOUTH WINDSOR, CT 06074 USA

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EIN

27-4082470

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Our programs

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Graceland International School

Graceland International School was Africa Education Partnership's first project in northern Nigeria, started in 2011. Now, the school is home to about 400 students, half of which are girls. The campus has three buildings: one primary classroom block, one secondary classroom block, and a two-story building housing an exam hall, computer lab, library, teachers' work room, and administrative offices.

Currently under construction are two dormitories, one for girls and one for boys. in between the two structures is a kitchen/dining hall framed out. This addition will allow students in outlying areas to continue their education.
We are working closely and proactively with our partners and security advisors to provide the safest environment possible for our future residential students.
Together, we are also working to solve the water issues facing this area of northern Nigeria.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Girls
Boys

There are seven schools in the Kafanchan district, all in need of major renovations and supplies. In addition, a growing population of students requires new construction of classroom blocks in several locations.
We are working with our partners in Kafanchan to provide for their great needs; they are dedicated to providing a quality education for all of their students.
In addition to building construction and renovation, we are providing wells and toilets, assisting with construction of safety walls, and providing educational materials.
At this point in time, we have completely renovated two rural schools as well as providing them with wells and toilets. In addition, we have rebuilt an exam hall at a third site and built a new classroom block at a fourth school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Boys
Girls

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Africa Education Partnership works in several locations in northern Nigeria with established partners to help improve access to education for girls and boys of all faiths, socio-economic groups, and ethnicity.
Established in 2009, Africa Education Partnership was founded to help fulfill the vision of Bishop John Danbinta to provide a quality education to all children. In a part of the world where education lags behind, providing educational access is critical for all children.

After meeting and planning with our partners, AEP raises funds for both new construction and renovation of existing structures. In addition, each school site is also provided with a borehole and toilets. In addition, perimeter walls are constructed for safety. Lastly, playground equipment can also be provided, along with teacher materials and workshops when AEP is on-ground.

We believe that the future of Nigeria lies in the education of its children. Education provides a way out of poverty, teaches collaboration and understanding, and raises up problem-solvers and innovators for tomorrow.

Africa Education Partnership believes in the following:

1. It is important to know our partners well as friends.
2. There must be a solid level of trust in decision-making.
3. AEP considers recommendations from partners as to next projects as opposed to directing construction, in a truly collaborative fashion.
4. While the board members are all volunteers, AEP has hired a media specialist for website development and projecting a presence on social media including FaceBook, Twitter, and Buffer.
5. Prior to Covid, major fundraisers were held every three years. Now, we have presented several times to groups via Zoom to continue to raise awareness and funds.
6. Many of our donors are loyal friends. We are working at expanding our fundraising into the realm of grant-writing.
7. We have worked with several other non-profits to further funding opportunities and raise awareness.

AEP has dedicated board members who have worked together for many years. Tasks are delineated and shared. Our board is represented by members in Connecticut and Ohio.

We are currently in the search for additional board members and are working with an area high school to recruit junior board members. It is our hope to instill a passion for our work in young men and women so that they might someday carry on the work.

We have several benefactors who have been more than generous with donations, especially when our funds have been depleted. We are also expanding into grant-writing.

Zamfara State, Nigeria

2013: Building 1 of Graceland International School completed: new construction, 2-story structure for secondary students, complete with toilets
2014: Building 2 of GIS completed: new construction, L-shaped structure for primary students
2015: Building 3 of GIS started: new construction, 2-story exam hall; borehole dug
2016: Perimeter wall completed; GIS accredited and sanctioned as a regional testing center for WAEC exams
2018: Exam hall completed: Floor 1- computer lab, library, workroom, administrative offices; Floor 2-exam hall
2020: Entire campus outfitted with techo-blocks to keep down the dust prevalent in that region
2021: New construction starts on girls' and boys' dormitories, kitchen, and dining hall

Kaduna State, Nigeria

2018: Fact-finding trip to 5 school sites housing 7 schools
2019: Complete renovation of 2 classroom blocks at Kogum River School along with provision of borehole; complete renovation of all-purpose hall at Kafanchan School; provided 300 2-person desks for various schools
2020: Finished a classroom block at Jagindi Tasha, started by our partners, by providing a roof and interior work;
provision of toilets and a borehole at Jagindi Tasha School; provided boreholes for rural villages of Antung and Aching
2021: Completed new construction classroom block at Jagindi Tasha School; provided 200 additional 2-person student desks

Financials

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Africa Education Partnership

Board of directors
as of 03/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Donald Ghostlaw

Africa Education Partnership

Term: 2009 -


Board co-chair

Mrs. Elaine Chagnon

Africa Education Partnership

Term: 2010 -

Angela Dimezza

Paul Frank

Emeritus

Amjad Samuel

Beth Frank

Peter Dewberry

Robert Chagnon

Board leadership practices

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  • Board composition
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  • Board performance
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Organizational demographics

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