Jun 21, 2016

Young Adults set up Library in Moyo-Gwoi, Taraba- Nigeria

The refurbished and well stocked library
The refurbished and well stocked library

Learning development for children begins as toddlers however, it is important to inculcate structure early childhood development programmes to support their growth and stimulate thinking abilities.

Our Youth Development Training Programme students in Government College Jalingo came together for their community development exercise as indicated in the programme and identified the impact of early childhood development at home through school education. They found that little children in Moyo-Gwoi Primary School in Taraba State, northern Nigeria would do better academically if they had a reading facility within the school given that it the children are largely from low-income families who cannot afford yearly textbooks for their kids.

To create a library, the YDTP students needed to rebuild a broken down classroom that would become the library. They worked collectively as a team seeking out funding, building materials and book items to donate to the school within the local government. Together they raised cash to pay for the renovation and build table and chairs.

To sustain and optimize use of this library, a teacher would stand in as a temporary librarian and the primary board would continue to provide books for the kids and make it even more conducive for reading.

300 children are benefiting from this project and LEAP is proud of this intervention on education as it is the first library commissioned in a public primary school within the state. Our to the students initiative, parents have less burden to buy textbooks to support learning for their kids. This task was bravely undertaken by young adults themselves shortly after participating in the programme. They leveraged partnership with a local NGO and creatively solved a problem in their community.

Before- renovating the floor and ceiling
Before- renovating the floor and ceiling
Putting finishing touches to the table
Putting finishing touches to the table
Before  - Broken furniture in abandoned classroom
Before - Broken furniture in abandoned classroom
Mar 22, 2016


Iponri  Students at the commissioned water project
Iponri Students at the commissioned water project

Access to clean water is a necessity for any community to survive and thrive. Water scarcity has a negative impact on the health and livelihood of individuals within the community.

Goal 6 of the United Nation’s “Sustainable Development Goals” is to “ensure access to clean drinking water”. This is because the UN considers access to clean water a basic human right and a critical step towards improving living standards worldwide.

The YDTP programme began in Iponri Senior High School in September 2015, 1 of 5 schools participating in the YDTP programme for the 2015/2016 school year.  Armed with the mindset that leadership is about creating change in our communities, 60 students of the school set out on a journey to find creative solutions to problems within the Iponri Community.

On March 18, 2016, working in two groups of 30 students each, the Iponri water project was commissioned.

The first set of thirty (30) students worked on "The Water Project" which aimed to provide access to clean water to members of the community by rehabilitating a preexisting, but dormant, borehole in the nearby Iponri Estate Market. In order to implement this change project, the students partnered with the Head of the Market, the Local Government, local plumbers and market committee/traders.

The other set of 30 YDTP students at Iponri Senior High School have initiated plans to refurbish the Primary Healthcare Center in the Iponri community after visiting the Center and learning that there were imminent needs. In order to facilitate the process of donating medical equipment and supplies, the students have reached out to various stakeholders in the community to seek for support. In partnership with the Local Government and medical officials of the health care center, the students are optimistic that their goal will be realized.

Through the YDTP programme, youth are learning to create change for themselves and for their communities by establishing partnerships with local stakeholders and members of the community.

Slowly but surely, we can have the Africa that we imagine. The Africa of our dreams.

Community Stakeholders commission water project
Community Stakeholders commission water project
Dec 28, 2015


YDTP students of Government College Maroko Lagos
YDTP students of Government College Maroko Lagos

It was refreshing speaking with 

Wyidat, a 16 year old student at the Government Senior College, Maroko, Lagos as she spoke proudly about her love for the Youth Development Training Programme (YDTP) in her school. Having gone through seven sessions since the programme commenced in September 2015, she narrated excitedly, numerous accounts of how the training had made a significant impact in the lives of her friends and herself.

Wyidat who is often known to be aggressive, selfish and boisterous said, “The YDTP makes me look at life more positively now. I tolerate people more than before and I brag about the programme to my sister and mother at home”. She spoke confidently about her future plans to be a news presenter and believes lessons on leadership and self awareness will help her achieve her dreams.

Although she is in her formative years, Wyidat didn’t sound too young to articulate her vision for the future. She also shared intelligently on how she would utilize the lessons learned to implement an operative library where she and other students can take the time off, especially at the weekend to read, learn and develop academically, rather than lay idly at home. “We have a lot of people in my community that want to make a lot out of their lives, but their parents cannot afford to provide for them. I want to build a library in my community where these students can freely go to, to read, learn and develop academically despite their challenges”.

The YDTP programme is a curriculum-based training which equips young secondary school students with the necessary developmental training aimed at making  them exceptionally valuable to themselves and the communities they live in. The programme is being implemented in 5 public secondary schools in Lagos state; Birchfreeman High School, Surulere, Army Children Senior High School, Ikeja, Mushin Community Senior High, Mushin, Government Senior College, Maroko, Government  Senior College, Ikoyi  and Clegg Girls High School, Surulere.

The programme began in September 2015 with the Training of Trainers workshop for 10 teachers from 5 public secondary schools in Lagos.  The interactive workshops created an opportunity to equip these teachers with leadership and facilitation skills to enable them cascade the YDTP curriculum to 200 student benefactors in Lagos State.

For many of the teachers, the journey has greatly inspired them to manage time and teach more efficiently. An economics teacher at Government Senior College, Maroko, Lagos, Mr Dabiri said he is now more deliberate about living as a result of the training because he wants to model the right values to his students. In his words “Leadership is about doing the right things. I am a role model to these children, therefore if I want them to change, I must be the change. I have become more self aware, therefore, it's difficult for me to do certain things openly or privately. Before I do, I often consider that these children are observing and some will definitely take after me”.


Mr Ebinizer, another YDTP  teacher from Government Senior College, Ikoyi believes that the ToT has helped him to creatively project his ideas on various subject matters. The facilitation skills he has acquired, enables him to connect better with his students by just being able to simplify concepts that would have been difficult to explain. “Facilitating for me, is a little bit different from the normal class setting, because of that, I have gotten a broader knowledge of how to present so many other things to the students, especially my subject based areas. It has opened up my horizon to go deeper with the students".

These transformational changes, mindset shift and learning culture have remained unique features of the YDTP and what it seeks to accomplish in different states across Nigeria. 

YDTP session at Government Senior College Ikoyi
YDTP session at Government Senior College Ikoyi
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