EOTM Partners with Standard Academy (Yola, Nigeria)

EOTM Donates School Supplies to Standard Academy

EOTM Executive Director, Dr. Daniel Barkley with Standard Academy, President Nuruddeen Nyako

EOTM Executive Director, Dr. Daniel Barkley with Standard Academy, President Nuruddeen Nyako

Education is a critical component of development. UNESCO recommends 26% of a country’s annual budget be dedicated to education.Ghana spends 31 %, Cote d’Ivoire, 30%; Uganda 27%; Morocco 26. 1; Swaziland, 24.6; South Africa 25.8%; Kenya, 23%; Botswana, 19%Nigeria hugs the bottom spending only 8.4% of its GDP on education.

One results of this in Nigeria is 10.5 million drops outs; the highest amount in the world. Here in Yola it is not uncommon to see kids in the street when they should be in school.

The security situation in the North has exacerbated the drop out problem in the north.
UNICEF, in its statement, said recent kidnappings and violent attacks had made it difficult for children in northern Nigeria to get education, as thousands of families are fleeing their homes and pulling their children out of school.
 

In the first three months of 2014, the United Nation’s organisation reported that at least 15,000 children in northern Nigeria had stopped attending classes.

According to UNICEF, almost one of three primary-school aged children and one in four secondary-school aged children is not enrolled.

Standard Academy is doing it’s part to address the problem. Since its opening in August 2013, Standard Academy has attracted primary-school aged children from more than 70 families. Its fees are very reasonable and several students are on scholarship.

Standard Academy teachers are dedicated, passionate and qualified. The curriculum is an unapologetic amalgamation of Western educational methodology, Islamic principles and Hausa-Fulani culture. Kids are learning their lessons in Arabic, English, and Hausa.
In January 2014, Economics On The Move (EOTM) donated pencils, books, flash cards to Standard Academy in Yola Nigeria

Ref: http://www.punchng.com/news/10-million-nigerian-kids-out-of-school-unicef/

 

EOTM Sponsors Umar

Standard Academy President, Nuruddeen Nyako, Umar and Dr. Daniel Barkley

EOTM sponsors Umar’s education.

I first met Umar (age 6) wondering the dusty streets of Yola alone wearing short pants, no shirt or shoes.  Today, Umar is attending Standard Academy primary school.  This transformation was made possible with through EOTM sponsorship.

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EOTM Partners with the Bicycle Riders International Cooperative Society (BRICS)

About Us: Changing Lives

Bicycle Riders International Cooperative Society (BRICS) is a community-based NGO that promotes cycling sports and related activities as vehicles for change in Yola, Nigeria. BRICS has made remarkable progress in a relatively short time. BRICS has trained over 20 kids to unicycle, established pen-pal writing correspondences with unicycling kids in the USA, fabricated unicycles locally (pictured, left) and started an advertising venture featuring Yola’s unicycling kids.

The 26-inch "REPLICA" (pictured left), a is scaled-up copy of a 24-inch U.S.-made Sun unicycle (pictured right). REPLICA is our fourth unicycle model series fabricated in Yola, Nigeria.

The 26-inch “REPLICA” (pictured left), a is scaled-up copy of a 24-inch U.S.-made Sun unicycle (pictured right). REPLICA is our fourth unicycle model series fabricated in Yola, Nigeria.

 

 

 

Our Vision: Giving Hope

In recognition of the invaluable asset youth are to the future prosperity, peace and sustainability of our community, BRICS is committed to cycling initiatives that honor and nurture the talents and abilities of Yola youth.

Sa'ad Ardo Yahaya, 13 attends Tongo School in Yola is one of the most creative and innovative of the BRICS youths. Sa'ad learned to unicycle in less than week.

Sa’ad Ardo Yahaya, 13 attends Tongo School in Yola is one of the most creative and innovative of the BRICS youths. He’s always doing things differently and first. Sa’ad learned to unicycle in less than week.

 

 

 

Our Mission: Shaping the Future

In addition to having fun learning how to unicycle, our kids learn discipline, cooperation, leadership, responsibility and team spirit in a safe and nurturing space.

BRICS President Nuruddeen Nyako instructing youth on riding unicycles in formation

BRICS President Nuruddeen Nyako instructing youth on riding unicycles in formation.

 

BRICS youth practice a unicycle formation used to advertise commercial products at parades, markets, and special events.

BRICS youth practice a unicycle formation used to advertise commercial products at parades, markets, and special events.

 

 

 

Empowering Youth

BRICS youth performing at the 2014 Children's Day festivities at Wetland Park, Yola, Nigeria

BRICS youth performing at the 2014 Children’s Day festivities at Wetland Park, Yola, Nigeria

BRICS paid a visit to TVGotel as part of the 2014 Children's Day Celebration. BRICS President, Nuruddeen Nyako and trainee Daniwa Gambo were featured in the breakfast TV Show, SAFIYA (May 27, 2014).

BRICS paid a visit to TVGotel as part of the 2014 Children’s Day Celebration. BRICS President, Nuruddeen Nyako and trainee Daniwa Gambo were featured in the breakfast TV Show, SAFIYA (May 27, 2014).

 

 

 

Advertise With Us

Unicycling is a new sport in Adamawa State and its eye-catching performances present an opportunity to generate revenue through various advertising platforms. BRICS is looking for advertisers to sponsor a contingent of 15 unicyclists in the up coming

Nigerian Independence Day Parade (Oct. 1, 2014).

 

Contact Us

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Bicycle Riders International
Cooperative Society
(B.R.I.C.S.)

23/24 Amana Shopping Complex
Lamido Zubairu Way
By Yola Model School Junction
Yola South
Adamawa State, Nigeria
bicycleridersnigeria@gmail.com
+234 814 188 6500
+234 807 209 1982

TL2 Alum Skips Freshman Year

Gregory TewksburyDear All,
I am honored to announce that Gregory Tewksbury a “Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders” (TL2) Alum, Class of 2011, has enrolled as a sophomore in the Mathematics Department at the University of Cincinnati (UC). Gregory is a 2012 graduate of Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and is majoring in Mathematics at UC this fall.

TL2 is a highly selective, three-week scholarship program at the University of Cincinnati for rising high school juniors and seniors. TL2 participants learn economics by touring Greater Cincinnati’s leading firms. Students, like Gregory who successfully complete TL2 earn three college-credit units for ‘ECON 101′; Principles of Microeconomics. Gregory’s TL2 credits helped him matriculate as a sophomore at UC this fall.

Gregory has made many valuable contributions to TL2 and Economics On The Move (EOTM).

In addition to volunteering this summer as the TL2 course grader and field trip chaperon, Gregory spent many hours on his own free-time editing video footage of this summer’s twelve company tours and 8 student capstone presentations for the EOTM website.

Please join me in extending congratulations to Gregory for his outstanding achievements and contributions. We are happy to have been able to contribute to his success.

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Economics On The Move

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Karatu Library Book Drive

Dear All,
In March EOTM sponsored the delivery of braille reading materials from the Clovernook Center for the Blind in Cincinnati, Ohio to the Karatu Library Foundation in Yola, Nigeria. The donation included books, magazines, newspapers, crossword puzzles, sheet music and chess games. These braille reading materials were manufactured by blind and visually impaired people at the Clovernook Center Center. The Clovernook donation will support the education of some 184 blind children at the the Jada Special Education Center, Nigeria, who have no access to such valuable reading materials.

ETOM is continuing this book drive for Karatu for the remainder of 2012. You can make your tax-deductable donations to the Karatu book drive through PayPal on the EOTM home page.

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director Economics On The Move

EOTM at Yale University

richardDear All,
I am honored to announce that this summers Yale Exploration program (http://www.explo.org/360/yale) will (again) feature two people from Economics On The Move (EOTM): Dr. Hannah Mugambi and Richard Sanchez (see attached photos). Dr. Mugambi who is on EOTM’s Board of Directors, began her teaching career at the University of Nairobi and has since enjoyed teaching at Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Egerton University and the American University of Nigeria. Hannah other interests include Women Leadership and Community Literacy.

This summer, Hannah will be the “Curriculum Coordinator” for Exploration course. In addition to being a great role model for our youths, EOTM will benefit from Hannah’s skills and professional experience. This summer Exploration will again feature EOTM instructor Richard Sanchez. Richard will be teaching Economics (Micro and Macro) as well as Business Etiquette. Richard’s courses will include many of the hands-on learning activities that have made EOTM a success. Through the use of grant funding, EOTM will sponsor highly motivated and qualified students who could not otherwise afford to enroll in Richard’s classes. Richard is a product of EOTM and currently teaches for the Mecklenburg School District located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Please join me in congratulating Hannah and Richard on their special achievements. Respectfully,

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director Economics On The Move

Economics On The Move in BOLIVIA!

nicolasDear All,
I am honored to announce that Economics On The Move (EOTM) research scholar, Nicholas Calderon’s project Capesinos Voice the Discourse of Fair Trade been accepted into the 2012-2013 cohort of the Haas Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley (see message below).

Nicolas is in his junior year at UC Berkeley’s Society and Environment program. His studies emphasize understanding how we can improve human relationships with natural resources and each other. Nicholas’ project Capesinos Voice the Discourse of Fair Trade will take place in the Altiplano region of Bolivia, where he will investigate the degree to which fair trade’s purported benefits are met. He will examine the extent of grower knowledge regarding fair trade entitlements, and their use of the Fair Trade social premium.

His methods will combine an examination of discourses about the benefits of “fair trade;” participant observation with photographic documentation; and interviews conducted with small-scale growers (those producing less than 2 hectares). The significance of this research will be to publish the quinoa growing process and what individual actors say about Fair Trade in a free iBook. EOTM Research Fellow Dr. Humberto Caspa has provided Nicholas with critical mentorship in preparing his successful Hass application (see message below). Dr. Caspa and EOTM will continue to support Nicholas’ research efforts in Bolivia. And with the support of private foundations, EOTM plans to increase the number of research scholarships we award.

Please join me in congratulating EOTM research scholar, Nicholas Calderon on this impressive accomplishment. We are grateful to have been able to contributed to his success.

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Economics On The Move

EOTM Fellow Accepted in to the London School of Economics and Political Sciences

pabloDear All,
It brings me great honor and privilege to announce that the London School of Economics (LSE) has accepted Economics On The Move (EOTM) Research Fellow Pablo Bejar to their graduate program in International Development and Economic Policy (see message below and attached photo). This is an incredible opportunity

EOTM awarded Pablo a Research Fellowship in 2010 to support the revision of his thesis paper: “A Current Analysis of Firm Foundation Giving and its Effects on Corporate Financial Performance for American Companies” for academic publication.

Last summer, the Imgard Conix Foundation invited Pablo to present his paper on foundation giving paper to the “Workshop II: Financialization and Corporate Social Responsibility” held in Berlin, Germany. And the Social Responsibility Journal (Emerald) has accepted his paper for publication (see message below).   With help of private foundations, EOTM plans to increase the number of Research Fellowships it awards.

Pablo has made many important contributed to EOTM; he has written grants applications and letters of inquiry to private foundations and government agencies on our behalf. Pablo has also been instrumental in developing EOTM’s the Latin American Economic Development course by identifying appropriate touring destinations and translating documents and letters from our partner universities and organizations in Mexico and Bolivia.

Please join me in congratulating Economics On The Move Research Fellow Pablo Bejar on his remarkable achievements. We are grateful to have been able to contributed to his success.

Sincerely,
Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Economics On The Move

EOTM’s 2012-13 Graduate Fellowship Recipient

zubairDear All,
I am happy to announce that Economics On The Move (EOTM) has awarded Zubair Edrees Akbar the 2012-2013 Graduate Fellowship award. EOTM’s Graduate Fellowship supports recent graduates in revising their papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presenting their work at professional conferences.

Last month Zubair successfully completed the oral defense of his thesis “The Performance of Islamic Equity Indexes Global Capital Markets” for a Master in Science (MSc) degree in Finance from EDHEC (Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord) in Nice, France (see message below).

EDHEC is a highly selective and top-ranking business school; the Financial Times of London ranked EDHEC’s MSc Program in Finance 6th worldwide.

I was honored and privileged to have served as Zubair’s thesis advisor.

Zubair has made many important contributions to Economics On The Move. He was an EOTM instructor for ‘Exploration’at Yale University in 2011. Exploration is an enrichment program that introduces to high school juniors and seniors to the rigors of college academics. Zubair taught two courses: “Investment Methods” and “Business Management.” Zubair developed these courses himself employing many of the hands-on learning and interactive teaching techniques that have helped to make EOTM a success. Students rated his courses amongst the top four courses out of all courses offered (see attached pictures of Zubair teaching at Yale’s Summer Exploration).

Zubair brings with him many extraordinary talents that will help support our project with Citibank on replicating their ‘Future Focus’ program in Nigeria. Future Focus is a program that grooms young people for careers in financial services. Zubair’s experience, passion and dedication to excellence make him an ideal role model for this project.

Economics On The Move is grateful to have played a role in Zubair’s success and we are happy to award him the 2012-2013 Graduate Research Fellowship Award. With the help of private foundations, EOTM plans to increase the number of Graduate Research Fellowships we award.

Please join me in congratulating Zubair Akbar on his remarkable achievements.

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Economics On The Move

Unicyling: Yola, Nigeria Latest Craze

One of my hobbies is unicycling. I started when I was about 14. I now see how important my childhood was. I would like to give some of the kids in my neighborhood (Yola, Nigeria) the same experience.

But I would also like to empower them with an opportunity to earn money and work their way out of poverty through the application of economics and entrepreneurial skills by selling and/or making bicycles and unicycles.

There is a large untapped market for unicycles in Nigeria. Economics On The Move is partnering with the Yola-based Bicycles Riders Cooperative Society (Registration: AD14930) to teach youth how to ride unicycles for fun, entertainment, health and prosperity.

Although unicycles are rare in Nigeria, people, especially kids are fascinated by them.

I am open to anyway Economics On The Move can partner to bring more unicycles and bicycles to Yola, Nigeria.

Thanks for reading my proposal.

Sincerely,

Daniel Barkley, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Economics On The Move (EOTM)
P.O. Box 5925
Irvine, Ca. 92616 USA

Email: Daniel@EconomicsOnTheMove.org
Web: www.EconomicsOnTheMove.org
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