The PEIF Fund’s flagship Service-Mentorship Exchange Program (SMEP) offers a formally structured mentorship program for youths and young professionals who commit to one of organizational charitable projects. Depending on the interests of the applicant, the program is structured to pair candidates with senior professionals or peers working in the same or similar fields at local and international institutions (Educational/Professional Mentoring) or with PEIF Fund’s organizational leaders, consultants and Mentors (Business Mentorship) towards achieving the mentee’s educational, career or professional goals. Regardless of the stream of entry, our experts provide all candidates with tools and resources for their professional growth. The PEIF Fund also offers limited funding support for selected charitable and social entrepreneurial initiatives that fall within our organizational mandate or projects and initiated by program enrolees, especially those with measurable social impact. Candidates applying to the program are invited to express interests in any one of the following current projects:
KIDS FOOD BASKET (KFB)
More than 850,000 individuals need food donations to survive in Canada and over 33% are children and youth. Out of these individuals, 79,000 were aided in Alberta in 2016, of which 39% were children. Hunger impacts more than 4 million Canadians daily. A multifaceted initiative, the KFB Project involves participation in a food drive while participants invest intellectually in more long term and sustainable options for addressing child hunger in their communities. And because we believe that families empowered with the right information and tools are better able to support their children's overall health and nutrition, the PEIF Fund offers an annual seminar for families and community members in Canada to disseminate information on financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
ORPHANAGE & IDPC OUTREACH
Under our orphanage outreach program, candidates may donate or organize donation drives for gifts of non-perishable food items, clothing, and/or other basic necessities, including educational materials, to verified shelters and homes catering to orphan children. We encourage participants to reach out to orphanages, homes, and shelters of their choice and be informed about the needs of the residents. We particularly welcome donations to kids in Internally Displaced Persons Camps (IDPC) in the following conflict zones: Northeastern/Central Nigeria (including, though not limited to, Borno, Plateau, Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe, Niger), Maroua (Cameroon), Diffa (Niger) and Bagasola (Chad).
TEACH A CHILD
The Teach A Child (TAC) program provides basic educational training to primary school-age children closely aligned to the formal primary school curriculum. The TAC Initiative also supports students whose training have been affected by the shortage of teachers in their regions. Data on the growing deficit in teacher-student ratio, as well as on the significant impact of insurgency and conflict on education in affected regions provide some perspective on the TAC Initiative. The program involves Literacy Training: Teaching reading and writing skills (English); Numeracy Training: Teaching quantitative skills (Math); and Applied Skills: Teaching kids to apply literacy and numeracy skills to other subject areas in the primary school curriculum. Participants are free to organize their teaching efforts and schedule according to what works for them and the children during the children's school term. Participants are generally required to show proof of progress in their work with kids. Presently, the Initiative focuses only on Children whose education have been disrupted by physical disability; Children in regions affected by conflict and where primary education has been interrupted; Children from regions where primary school education is not free and whose education have been disrupted by poverty; Children whose education or performance in school have been disrupted by child labour; Children needing extra support with their studies for other personal reasons; Immigrant children needing assistance with their language skills in Canada.
"A quarter of the world's school-age children - 462 million - live in countries affected by crisis such as wars and disasters." ... "Nearly 75 million children are considered in desperate need of education or help to stay in school" but "only 2 percent of global humanitarian appeals are on average dedicated to education" - UNICEF.
Sub-saharan Africa faces the biggest problem of a global shortage of teachers.
About 7 in 10 countries in Africa face acute shortage of teachers.
Sub-saharan Africa is short of 2.7 million teachers in classrooms today - UIS.