6000 children in Nigeria equipped with COVID-19 protocols through Beyond The Classroom and Mastercard Foundation partnership

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Lagos. Nigeria, Monday, July 26,
2021

Beyond
the Classroom, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, has engaged with 6,000
children in Nigeria on COVID-19 safety protocols.

The
community engagement is part of the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Public
Awareness Campaign, aimed at delivering accurate,
timely, and life-saving information on COVID-19 across African countries and
communities.
. The initiative in Nigeria was rolled out in eleven public
and private schools in Lagos and Nassarawa states.

Each
child received a free COVID-19 safety pack, containing the educational book, ”There
is a new virus in town” written by Raquel Daniel, founder of Beyond the
Classroom, and produced in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.

Raquel
explained how the students were educated on the need to wash their hands
regularly with soap or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. They were also
advised to always wear nose masks in the correct way while in public and to maintain
a social distance of at least 1 meter. The students were encouraged to motivate
their parents and guardians to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to
Nigeria Country Head, at the Mastercard Foundation, Chidinma Lawanson, this
community engagement is the second phase of the Mastercard Foundation’s
COVID-19 Public Awareness Campaign aimed at educating children aged 7 to 14
years old on COVID-19 preventive measures. She explained that 3,000 children were
initially engaged in the first phase of the project last year with a key
message to “Protect yourself, Protect your family, and Protect your community
#ItsUpToUs”.

The principal Dr. Soyemi of Memorial Primary School said, “We would like
to express our appreciation to Beyond the Classroom and the Mastercard
Foundation for the kind gesture towards our school. This book will continue to
create awareness of COVID-19 and ensure that we carry out the necessary protocols.
We will also incorporate this book into our co-curriculum activities.

About
Beyond the Classroom Foundation

Beyond the Classroom Foundation is a volunteer
driven nonprofit aimed at improving access to education for children and sexual & reproductive
health education for girls in vulnerable and marginalized communities in
Nigeria. We recognize the importance that education has on us as humans, and we
believe that education is the most effective method by which poverty can truly
be eliminated.

Through special interventions
targeted at families with children, we support single mothers, widows and
vulnerable families in disadvantaged communities and Internally Displaced
Persons (IDPs) Camp.

For more
information on Beyond the Classroom Foundation, please visit
www.btheclassroom.org

About the Mastercard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation is a Canadian
foundation and one of the largest in the world with more than $39 billion in
assets. The Foundation was created in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard
when it became a public company. Since its inception, the Foundation has
operated independently of the company. The Foundation’s policies, operations,
and program decisions are determined by its Board.

 

For more information on the Foundation, please
visit:
www.mastercardfdn.org

Media Enquiries

Nonye Mpho Omotola

Mastercard Foundation

Country Lead, Program Communications, Nigeria

nomotola@mastercardfdn.org

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