Many young children are dropping out of school due to the limitations placed on them by their environment and lack of aspiration. Next Generation Kids University (NGKU) was therefore conceived as an interventionist educational program intended to help raise the aspirations of these young children (typical Age 8 – 13 years) through series of inspirational and motivational life coaching, special education curriculum, leadership and entrepreneurial development and exposure to environment and institutions of exceptional excellence.
The program is targeted primarily at disadvantaged kids from poor families in underserved communities who most often times do not have access to good education, lack aspiration to reach for higher goals in life and therefore continue to perpetuate the cycle of poverty in the society.
We choose to work with these young children because we believe that if special intervention of this kind is not carried out at early age, the poor mental programming ingrained at childhood will be very difficult to break when they grow up.
NGKU through this special intervention program therefore seek to build the innate confidence of these kids, help them to dream big to reach for the stars, and implant in their young minds the will and aspiration to become leaders of tomorrow.
We sincerely believe the world will see the amazing results of this novel initiative and our efforts in the nearest future.
Content Modules and Delivery
The Next Generation kids University pilot program was conducted to explore and test the workability of the model we envisaged that will help meet the key objective of the initiative – Raising aspirations. The program took place between August 22 and September 9, 2016 at Adeje village in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria.
As we embarked on this intervention program, a fundamental question challenging this initiative was; what good is it to send economically disadvantaged kids to a world class school for 3 weeks and return them to the poor neighborhood from which they were taken in the first place? The purpose is aptly covered in a psychology phrase coined by Robert Fritz as “Structural Creative Tension” in his book, “The path of least Resistance for Managers” published in 1999. Fritz thesis was that once the brain was exposed to a higher reality, a tension is created between our current reality and a desired reality. It is the brain’s effort to close this gap that unleashes a natural determination and persistence in time in the subconscious mind.
“By appropriate coaching, motivation and inspiration coupled with early exposure to life influencers, we can harness the resources from these kids and build a better future” – NGKU