Gloria’s Story

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“They say it takes a whole village to raise a child and when our girls go on to do well it really feels like it’s everyone’s achievement too.”

Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world, accounting for 45% of out-of-school children in West Africa. Women and girls face additional barriers at every level of society. These barriers include factors such as parental socio-economic support, cultural, educational and religious beliefs, with 48% of girls being married before reaching the age of 18. Vocational training offers women and girls the opportunity to determine their own life paths and break free from the cycle of poverty.

The school allows for self-development, it provides the opportunity to continue an education by providing a constant environment for learning.

WONDER recognises the barriers women and girls in Nigeria face by offering scholarships to underprivileged girls in support of vocational training courses at Wavecrest College, Lagos. An industry leader, Wavecrest prepares its students to enter the working world and gain socio-economic independence through hospitality training. Gloria has been a teacher at Wavecrest College for 28 years and has seen the school expand from just 4 students!

When I first came, the school only had 4 students in one teaching block on an NTC course, but now it’s a Monotechnic course with over 2500 graduates over the past 40 years!

The mentoring program at Wavecrest College is a major component of the student experience. Every woman is assigned a student mentor when she begins her education at Wavecrest. Not only does this create a sense of community whilst building confidence and resilience, but it provides students with an individualised support system, a peer they can go to if they need academic or personal support.

When the girls first start out at Wavecrest, they’re not confident. They don’t believe in themselves. Often, they have little or no knowledge about hospitality, but as graduates they achieve so much. They become self-reliant; some of them don’t even have employers but work for themselves. And that’s one of the things that keeps me here, seeing the results and development of all the girls here, it’s worth it.

An education at Wavecrest College enables its graduates to gain stable, well-paid employment, empowering women to support themselves and their families’ too. A Wavecrest graduate can double her family income in post-graduation employment. Therefore, the transformative change created by vocational training not only impacts Wavecrest students, but entire families and communities too!

Gloria is the longest-serving teacher at Wavecrest College of Hospitality.

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