The Rivers State Government through the RSSDA initiated the Greater Horizons Opportunities Programme (GHOP) to assist children in public primary schools from rural/urban slums that are brilliant but less privileged to obtain quality education in top most secondary schools across the country.

The programme will enable the students to be part of the crop of indigenes of Rivers state with national and international networking capacity for a better and progressive Rivers state.

School fees for the students for the duration of programme was paid up front. This is to avoid any interruption on their education, which may arise on account of financial constraints, or unpredictable causes.

Partner Schools:

  • Access High School, Calabar
  • Archdeacon Brown Educational Centre, Port Harcourt
  • Corona College, Ogun State
  • D-IVY College, Lagos
  • The Bells Comprehensive School, Otta
  • Dowen College, Lagos
  • Vivian Fower Memorial College, Lagos
  • Brookstone Secondary School, Port Harcourt
  • Olashore International School, Iloko-Ijesha
  • White Dove Sec. School. Lagos
  • Chrisland Secondary School, Lagos
  • Life-Forte Secondary School, Ibadan
  • El-Amin International School, Minna
  • Immanuel International School, Abuloma
Strategic Objectives:
The strategic objectives of the programme are:

  • To provide quality and effective education for the best and brightest pupils in urban and rural slum based public schools in Rivers State
  • To build the capacity of the best and brightest rural urban slum pupils in effective leadership
  • To expand the social network and sphere of influence of rural /urban slum pupils.
Selection process
RSSDA in collaboration with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) worked out criteria to identify 10 best pupils from each primary school in Rivers State. SUBEB provided RSSDA with a three-year consolidated school examination record for 2006, 2007 & 2008 for pupils in basic six by 2008. The selection was done in 3 stages;
Step1: A total of 10,048 pupils made up of 10 best pupils selected from primary schools across the 23 LGAs were tested.
Step 11: 2300 pupils representing 100 best students were selected and tested from the 23 LGAs
Step 111: 230 pupils were tested and the successful candidates selected.
Currently, there are a total of 133 students on the programme. The students are currently in junior secondary school class 2. Two Implementers and one Consultant working on the project.The students participate in school organized study tour /excursion programmes and have visited Brazil, Dubai, Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana, South Africa etc.

Academic performance of the students is assessed and additional support like extra-mural classes, summer school etc are given to those with identified gaps.

Success story
The GHOP students top their classes and command respect from their peers in most of these high profile schools.

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