The ACDF educational project commenced in 1997 with the establishment of the Citizens Comprehensive College in Temu, a small community near Epe a suburb of Lagos State, Nigeria.
The College was established as a ‘low fee’ Co-educational private secondary school and as component of the ACDF youth development programme, to offer qualitative private education to eligible African children irrespective of social class or cultural differences.
The College is to propagate the tenets of discipline and reduce the vices of a disordered society on the youth. Every student admitted into Citizens College is registered as a Student Member of the ACDF and upon graduation become Life Member and future development partner. Hence, the low fee serves two purposes:
- to make the school a low fee college and,
- to serve as the ACDF stake in the development of its youth members and future development partners.
From 2004, when we graduated the first set of 33 students in a week-long ceremony to celebrate these youths who had been subjected to a rigorous training that goes beyond ordinary conventional educational training system, in order to immerse them into a new culture of discipline and prepare them adequately as future quality and dependable leaders. We continue to multiply our Life-Membership on an annual basis and, as at July 2011, we had a total number of 517 Life Members and Future Development Partners. Some of them have since finished their university education and are now pursuing their second degree or are working.
ACDF plans to organize an annual forum for our Life members in the nearest future.
International Languages Development
Since 2003, ACDF has organized the English/French Languages Development (EFLD) programme as a part of its educational project within the West Africa sub-region where the two international languages are predominantly spoken as official languages. We have instituted a one year immersion programme for our students in Nigeria and Benin Republic to spend in either country acquiring a second international language as a medium of communication and connections. By and large, we have become the largest promoter of both languages in West Africa at the secondary school level and we have received several awards from the French Embassy in Nigeria for our continued effort in promoting the French language.