Few days ago, a non governmental organization, Slum2School launched the first-of-its-kind virtual learning program/classroom in Nigeria and Africa amidst the pandemic. On board are 948 children from slums across Nigeria.
For over 8 years, the organization have been supporting thousands of deserving kids across communities and this program is provided to them for free.
The initiative is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur, Otto Orondaam.
Disturbed by the alarming number of Out-of-School children in the slums and on the streets across Nigeria, Otto Orondaam resigned from his job in the bank in 2012 and founded @Slum2School Africa, which has grown to become one of Africa’s leading volunteer driven developmental organizations, providing education and health support for thousands underserved children in slums and remote communities.
In 8 years Otto has worked with over 8200 volunteers across 31 countries to provide educational scholarships and series of support to over 42,000 children from 25 communities across Nigeria, built various early childhood development centers, e-library, health center and technology labs serving thousands of children.
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He is a community organizer, thought leader and a development consultant, passionate about social reforms, nation building and community development. He also consults for corporate organizations, social enterprises, NGOs, and governmental institutions, helping develop sustainable solution-based social interventions.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Health science from the University of Port Harcourt, an executive master’s in Project Management from CUPE, UK, a certificate in Social Change, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship from the United Nations University for Peace, Costa Rica and various development based courses around leadership, development finance, governance from Henley Business School in the UK, University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is a founding member of the Commonwealth Alliance for Young Entrepreneurs – West Africa, a member of the Human Capital Development commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the Education Reform Team and an Ambassador for Junior Achievement Nigeria.
He is a LEAP Social Innovator Fellow, a common purpose African Venturer and a Mandela Washington Fellow. He served as the Chair of the West and Central African Regional Advisory Board for Presidents Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, sits on the Board of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and serves as the chairman for the Credit and investment committee.