“I feel at home here.”

Great Oaks Academy, Back2Back Nigeria’s Trauma-informed school is flourishing and continually welcoming in new students. Recently, staff members visited the school to see the students at work and ask how everything is going in the new environment.

“The children look so grown up and beautiful in their new uniforms and shoes,” shared Patience Dimka, Back2Back staff. “It feels like Christmas morning to them and they are excited to show off their new items.”

When asked how they like the new school, children were quick to share about the encouraging environment they have experienced at the school. “I’m having a nice time,” one young man shared. “The moment I walked off the bus and toward the school, I felt happiness and peace. The teachers are friendly, the classrooms are well-furnished, and the learning materials are what I’ve always wished we had in school. I feel at home here and I told myself I would put in the extra work to be successful.”

The new students all had fresh hairstyles and were elated to be in their new learning spaces. As they settle in, they’re becoming more familiar with their teachers and staff are confident they will all adapt and grow well in this new space. Please join Back2Back in prayer that students continue to adapt and begin to thrive in this new learning environment and that the trauma-informed approach to education not only grows their minds, but also their healing.