Building Knowledge Places ..!

“Imagine: ..you are a university student living in a region with high youth unemployment and serious under-development, and you are eager to improve your life chances and your community well-being. But, unfortunately there are no academic readers nor scholarly information..“

This is the reality.. in the Niger Delta of Nigeria; as such the International College of Commerce, with the support of the libraries of Maastricht University, VU Amsterdam and Wageningen UR, has initiated an Academic Resource Centre project in the region.

With help.. from our supports we have collected 110,000 academic, reference and vocational books, journals and encyclopaedias of which 30,000 has been shipped to Nigeria and 23,000 readers has been made available to the public.
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Project Supporters :

How We Do It ..

Organisation

Development-ARC’s (De-ARC) team is made up of a very diverse range of persons from different backgrounds, disciplines and specialities. But, all united by one common belief; that education is the most important tool for socio-development.
The organisation is managed by a management team as a not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO).  → continue reading

Founder

Born in 1963, as Paul Magnus Oviawe to Paulina Aniede-Oviawe and Alex Aghahowa Oviawe in Warri, Delta State of Nigeria. He is the second of eleven children of the humble catholic couple.
Since early age, Paul was deeply concerned about the disdainful living conditions of the poor and the hardships they were undergoing in the Niger-Delta region; a region with abundant human and natural resources, but still struggling with mass impoverishment. It was his early experiences that left a deep impact on him and propelled the emotions of anger and fear, causing him to look for scholarly solutions to reducing poverty. He credited his life experiences in the Netherlands for teaching him the importance of education, equality and social justice. → continue reading

Niger Delta region

The Niger Delta region of Nigeria is located in the “South South Zone” and covers an area about twice the size of The Netherlands, and is made-up by 6 of the 36 Nigerian states, which includes Akwa Ibom State, Bayelsa State, Cross River State, Delta State, Edo State and Rivers State.
The area has a population of about 23 million people and houses more than 40 ethnic groups (including: the Bini, Efik, Esan, Ibibio, Igbo, Annang, Oron, Ijaw, Itsekiri, Yoruba, Isoko, Urhobo, Ukwuani, Anioma, and Kalabari), and with a youth population (under the age of twenty-five) of 19.4 million (or 62.3 percent) the Niger Delta region has one the world’s youngest communities. → continue reading

Mission Statement

The Academic Resource Centre promotes reading and lifelong learning in the Niger Delta region by providing students, teachers and researchers with a knowledge-hub; a hub that will give open access to academic information that will help local academics to redefine existing fundamental values and enables them to work towards concrete improvements of their lives and environment. → continue reading

Supporters

We are only able to share the gift of education with students, teachers and researchers in the Niger Delta regio, because of the generous support from various Dutch universities and our diverse community of supporters from all over the world.
Learn how your organisation can help us realising this vast project. → continue reading

Management Team

Dr Paul I. Oviawe

Dr Paul I. Oviawe

Founder & Chairman

Benjamin Kloër

Benjamin Kloër

Secretary

Willem-Th. Arendsen

Willem-Th. Arendsen

Development Manager

John Elogie

John Elogie

Head Librarian

Stella Ayemoba

Stella Ayemoba

Head Curator

George Samani

George Samani

Logistics Manager

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