Nigerian Initiative Declares ‘Education Must Continue’

By Roxane Hill

Paul* and his wife, Becky* have a passion for the education of displaced children in Nigeria. They are members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and have started an organization called “Education Must Continue.” Their main goal is to get displaced children back in school. They know the value of a good education and what it means for the future of these children and the country of Nigeria.

Here is their list of what they have accomplished just since the beginning of the year:

“We have constructed some classes at Yola and started lessons for the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) children. We are looking at over 500 kids in the first instance.

“We rented three class blocks from an existing school near Jos and we hope to start classes there also by next week.”

“We have approval from both our LCC Jos (local church council) and the president of EYN Samuel Dali to start classes at the EYN Jos Sunday School building.

“We are currently in Abuja seeking opportunity for placement into various schools in Nigeria for over 2,000 displaced children from our region. We discovered that the Borno State Government has made arrangements for most Kanuri children and totally ignored the southern Borno people. (Kanuri is mainly a Muslim tribe.) Pray for favor with the government to help the maximum number of students.”

Please pray for Paul and Becky as they work tirelessly to educate the children.

*Full names have been omitted for security purposes.

— Roxane and Carl Hill are co-directors of the Nigeria Crisis Response of the Church of the Brethren. For more about the crisis response effort being carried out in cooperation with Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), go to www.brethren.org/nigeriacrisis .