HOW DID IT HAPPEN?
It was one bright sunny Wednesday to be precise on the 14th of May 2016 in the office of Mrs. Mary Jude Ayodele. In the meeting with Mrs. Ifume and Mrs. Mary Jude Ayodele, we had series of discussion one of these discussions was about Education in Nigeria. I was deeply moved after almost 3 hours of discussion.
While still trying to proceed from where I was stocked, the worrisome situation of the pitfall of our Education system continues to come to mind. Then the conception of the GTEEI came upon me like a great vision
GTEEI was delivered and a name with a vision and mission. To effect this I needed guidance and counseling and vocational training center to be administered.
The importance of education and healthcare to the growth and development of society cannot be overemphasized.
Development science has it that any country that is desirous of development and progress, must pay attention to education, health, agriculture and infrastructure. The importance of these four areas have also been reinforced by an array of international conventions and protocols including the sustainable development goals. Years after the adoption of the sustainable Development Goals and the promise to provide universal primary and secondary education by the governments across the World, little progress has been made to reducing the global number of out-of-school children, adolescents and youth. UNESCO Institute for Statistic 2018 data puts the number of out of school children, adolescents and youth worldwide at 263 Million.
As it is in education, so it is also in the area of health. A good healthcare system is fundamental for citizen’s productivity and growth of the nation’s economy. The International Conference on Primary Health Care, meeting in Alma-Ata 1978, reaffirm that health, which is state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, is a fundamental human right and that the attainment of the highest possible level of health is a most important world-wide social goal. Primary health care is critical to attaining this target. The 2006 African union Abuja call for accelerated action, placed emphasis on the importance of investing in PHC for health. But despite these efforts, the tale of Nigeria primary healthcare has remained undesirable.
It is to change this narrative and respond appropriately to the issues and have educational and healthcare system that is functional that Great Thinkers Educational Empowerment Initiative (GTEEI) is established. The organization is an autonomous grassroots, not for profit, Non-Governmental organization founded in 2016 by Dr. Ernest A. Amama and some persons with passion for the uplift of education status of the less privileged and providing strategic opportunity for the achievement of positive educational and Health outcomes.
The vision of Great Thinkers Educational Empowerment Initiative is a society where children, adolescents and youth live a prosperous and dignified life without any form of discrimination and threat whether in form of gender, religion and or region.
The mission of Great Thinkers Educational Empowerment Initiative is to work with likeminded individuals and organizations to transform society through education and functional healthcare
The objects of Great Thinkers Educational Empowerment Initiative include the following:
- To employ people who are socially disadvantaged.
- To establish mentoring platforms to address the need of people of different ages.
- To collaborate with educational professionals in the development curricular for learning.
- To promote skill development for education and health stakeholders.
- To promote skill citizens centered development through empowerment
- To collaborate with networks and coalitions to monitor government policies and programmes on health.
To promote government policies and Programme through public education
Great Thinkers Educational Empowerment Initiative shall be guided by seven (7) Values Including: