Bookers Youth Farm Enterprise

I am the co-founder of Bookers International School and provide free education, Agritech and Sustainability skills to thousands of youths

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

Tunde Adeyemi

Initiative's representative date of birth

16/04/1985

Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: city

131/191 Ososun Road, Bookers Youth Farm Bus-stop, Ifo, 112104, Ogun State, Nigeria

Where are you making a difference?

Currently 61.6% of Nigerian youths have no skills. Additionally, there are 13.2 million out of school children. We are empowering these young people with free quality education, skills and empowerment

Website or social media url(s)

https://www.instagram.com/bookerschools/

Date Started

12/2014

Project Stage

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working toward the next level of expansion)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €50k - €100k

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

There is so much hunger and poverty in my community and like most of the young people, I decided to travel through the “cheap route” to Europe so I can “earn money.” After going through the hell of the Sahara Desert, surviving the lethal violence unleashed on immigrants by the Libyan people, and after I was finally rescued by the Libyan navy in the raging Mediterranean, I decided I had to return home to make a difference. In 2014, I co-founded BIS: Bookers International Schools to help young people, especially young girls and boys. I believe we can't keep running away from our challenges, and BIS has since solved some of the: “Educational, Skills and Environmental Challenges” faced in my country. We have trained over 2,000 young people.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Currently, 61.6% of Nigerian youths have no skills. Additionally, there are 13.2 million out of school children (Pulse.ng). Some of these young people will resort to crime and prostitution in the future. A greater percentage of them will live in poverty for the rest of their lives. For another 19% of these young people, since there is “no hope or future” for them in Nigeria, they will eventually migrate out of the country. I own a social business that educate and empower these young people.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We provide free education and Agritech skills to thousands of youths within our community through 3 special innovations. We run a 50:50 Model where the entire students’ population is divided into two. Half, (students from low income homes) pay full tuition, while the other 50% (from extremely poor homes) are on full scholarships. Bookers International School is a hybrid business with very little profit: OUR ULTIMATE INTENTION ISN’T PROFIT BUT HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE and our focus are middle and low-income earners. Our beneficiaries are young people trying to survive crushing poverty. We intentionally created the 50:50 Education Model simply because we want a business that can survive without external funding and grants since 98% of all the “Charity and Foundation Schools in Nigeria had shut down within their first 3 years.” We also run ByFE: Bookers Youth Farm Enterprise where over 1,000 young people train "LEWEM" Learn, Work and Earn weekly. ByFE in 2019 made its first real profit and we intend to expand its operation to occupy more young people. Lastly, we integrated a biodiversity and environmental program into our farm programs and we have trained many about the environment.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

We run a 50:50 Model where the entire students’ population is divided into two. Half, (students from low income homes) pay full tuition, while the other 50% (from extremely poor homes) are on full scholarships. We also run ByFE: Bookers Youth Farm Enterprise which runs on our school farms, to train young people and address the skill gap for young people. Through our farms we also created BEEP: Bookers Eco-Education Program which looks into solving the Environmental/Climate Challenges. We have since created solutions, some already in the market (e.g. SMAB a device that generates cooking gas and electricity from food, animal and human waste) while some are still concepts (e.g. SWAPF: School Waste and Plastic Finder app).

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

Over the years, we have come up with outstanding initiatives and solutions from revolutionizing "Urban Agriculture,” and “Save River Ososun Initiative—a three years program that saw our school and over 500 volunteers restore an old river to its former glory” as well as creating a "Plastic Alternative Project" that has encouraged young people within our community to create solutions that has eliminated the use of plastic within Ifo, Ogun state, Nigeria by 6.1%. We have educated over 2000 youths, farmers and adults about the importance of protecting the rivers, oceans, bio-diversity and most importantly, the environment in general. In 2019, we came up with a solution called: SWAPF: School Waste and Plastic Finder. This app will connect over 20,000 schools and over 40,000,000 young people in Nigeria with over 500 waste management and recycling companies. SWAPF will turn plastics and educational waste collected by young people, schools and vocational institutions plus farms to "trackable

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

Over the years, we have come up with outstanding initiatives and solutions from revolutionizing "Urban Agriculture,” and “Save River Ososun Initiative—a three years program that saw our school and over 500 volunteers restore an old river to its former glory” as well as creating a "Plastic Alternative Project" that has encouraged young people within our community to create solutions that has eliminated the use of plastic within Ifo, Ogun state, Nigeria by 6.1%. In 2019, we came up with a solution called: SWAPF: School Waste and Plastic Finder. This app will connect over 20,000 schools and over 40,000,000 young people in Nigeria with over 500 waste management and recycling companies. SWAPF will turn plastics and educational waste collected by young people, schools and vocational institutions plus farms to "trackable items" which will be collected by "collection agents." Through the Ministries of environment, education, and agriculture we have partnered with over 30 organizations.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

Many innovations we have introduced into our education systems have turned to successful standalone business branches over the years. Presently, our environmental friendly SMAB cooking gas and off-grid products are earning us roughly $5000 yearly despite these are for extremely poor customers. SWAPF: School Waste and Plastic Finder app will also be a stand-alone business managed by our BEEP: Bookers Eco-Education Program best participants. Over the years we have worked with young participants who’d approached us with their environmental business idea, and we intend to build more environmental and profitable partnerships with these young people. Our business ideas are very simple and can be easily scaled since we think cheap and quality.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

We create value by providing quality education for children from extremely poor homes, and we also give Agritech and entrepreneurship skills through our farm programs. We encourage urban agriculture as it will greatly reduce poverty. Our education is focused on the environment and climate. We have long discovered that the environment, climate and biodiversity are basic public assets of a human system, and must be sustained and protected. Through our programs, we have educated thousands of young people, saved thousands of trees from been cut down for cooking and power, we have cleaned rivers while creating a brighter future for our participants.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

BIS charges $120 per child paid in monthly installment from over 500 students who are 50% of the paying students. We have over-time discover that if we charge $120 per child, we can use the money to conveniently educate 2 children while making decent profit, the reason for our amount. Also, our ByFE, farm turned a profit of $10,000 in 2019 from livestock and crops sales. Our monthly profit is roughly $2500, and monthly expenses $7,500 making our yearly earning roughly $120,000. We have also introduced some products which we intend to scale very soon to generate more profit. Bookers remains an education institution generating funds for its stakeholders and we intend to expand our programs and operations so increase profitability before 2021.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Bookers currently has 25 full-time teachers and mentors, with over 100 part-time volunteers who train our farm participants. Our team members are people with the same history. I found my partner on my way back from Libya, she'd also fallen prey into the hands of human traffickers trying to get her to Europe. Everyone in BIS shared a similar history of surviving or trying to survive crushing poverty, and we have made our experiences, pains and passion our greatest qualification

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

Evaluation results

8 evaluations so far

1. 1) OVERALL EVALUATION

Yes, absolutely! - 25%

Yes/maybe - 25%

Maybe - 25%

Maybe/no - 12.5%

No - 12.5%

2. 2) CONNECTION TO BIODIVERSITY

5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 25%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 12.5%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 12.5%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 37.5%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 12.5%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 37.5%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 12.5%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 37.5%

3- Maybe. - 12.5%

2- Probably not. - 12.5%

1- No. - 12.5%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 37.5%

3- Maybe. - 12.5%

2- Probably not. - 25%

1- No. - 0%

6. 6) Is this entry ACTIVATING CHANGEMAKING?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 37.5%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 37.5%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 50%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 12.5%

3- Maybe. - 12.5%

2- Probably not. - 12.5%

1- No. - 12.5%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 100%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 25%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 75%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 75%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 50%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 25%

Other option - 0%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 75%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 25%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 100%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 50%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 75%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 0%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 0%

Other option - 0%

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