Feb 26, 2019

400 Children Receive Handwashing Hygiene Education

REPORT ON A HAND WASHING OUTREACH TO ZARIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF KADUNA STATE FOR THE HAPPY LEARNERS PROJECT IMPLEMENTED BY SI4DEV PARTNERS.

Name of Schools:

  • TOTAL CHILD SCHOOL
  • AMINA MODEL SCHOOL
  • CONFIDENCE NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • LEMU MODEL SCHOOLS
  • SAIDU MODEL SCHOOLS

Date: 14TH AND 15TH JANUARY 2018

Time: 10.00am

Background (report overview)

Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative (SI4DEV) partners in Kaduna State utilized Visual aids, Poems and Rhymes to teach and create handwashing awareness in 5 schools in Zaria local Government aimed at supporting children's school attendance and promoting hygiene and health education in elementary schools in Kaduna.

Objectives of the Visit

  1. To create awareness about diseases which can be contracted through bad hygiene practices.
  2. To sensitize kids on the importance of Hand washing and water hygiene as a measure for better health.
  3. To Teach kids the act of Hand washing
  4. To make the learning and the act of hand washing fun to do.
  5. To make Donation of teaching aids and Hand washing items such as Bowls, liquid Hand wash, Water Bucket/container aimed at sustainability of the project.

Description of Activities- (brief on the activities carried out):

INTRODUCTION

The program started off by a brief introduction of the SI4DEV, its mission and vision this was led by Mr. Ukaigweh Roberts the Project Manager, he spoke extensively about the Happy Learners Project, its outcomes and impact. Shortly after that Chukwudi the Program Manager introduced the team and the agenda for the day for each of the schools.

TALK ON HAND WASHING AND ITS IMPORTANCE Various partners led session across schools depending on the roles delegated by the program manager. The definition of various terminologies for the kid such as germs, Diarrhea and other communicable diseases are where done as simple as possible for easy understanding and also interpretation in their local dialect which is Hausa was carried out by Mr. Musa Abubakar. Miss Veronica Agana played a vital role in also explaining the act of hand washing such as prevents illness, reduce child mortality rate, promotes better health outcomes and contributes to academic development of a child. At the end of session she engaged the kids on a question and answer session on hand washing and hygiene education.

RHYME AND POEM Partners played roles in this session depending on the school delegated for the job. They introduced the poem on Hand washing and got the kids to sing along. Ultimately the kids and teachers loved the poem and this helped to retain the kid’s attention.

HAND WASHING PRACTICE Partners delegated with this role in the schools started off the session by outlining the hand washing procedure and further demonstrated the procedure with the aim of teaching the kids proper hand washing methods with the use of a liquid hand wash and water. Ultimately the minimum of two kids from each school got to practice the hand washing procedure this was aimed at ensuring that the pupils get to inculcate the habit of hand washing.

PRESENTATION OF TEACHING AIDS AND HAND WASHING ITEMS Partners presented the teaching aids and hand washing items behalf of SI4DEV to participating schools in Zaria LGA. Cartons of Hand wash over 2 dozens each, bucket fitted with tap and bowls were donated by SI4DEV for use by the school.

PROJECT SUSTANABILITY TEAM A Project Sustainability Team (PST) was created in each of the 5 schools totaling 10 members. They are saddled with the responsibility of carrying out a Hand washing workshop in the schools at least once a month for 6 months and to be supervised by a Sustainability Supervisor (SS) to ensure accountability.

Estimated Number of Students and Teachers Impacted

Over 400 children, approximately 80 per school and 20 Teachers in total.

Dec 26, 2018

Showcasing Best Practices at Inaugural Development Summit

More than 100 participants including 50 graduates of the SI4DEV Partners Training Program benefited from a series of workshops, panel sessions, networking and mentoring at the just concluded Community-Led Development Summit hosted by SI4DEV, Spring Development Initiative, and Clean Tech Foundation.

The summit aimed at helping to address the most pressing challenges in community-led development and offered an important opportunity to strengthen the capacity of participants in a way that ensures an evidence-based approach to implementing community-driven development projects.

Under the theme, Achieving Community-Led Development through Community-Driven Development Projects, the national summit aims to bridge this gap and empower participants with best practices in development. It brought together aspiring leaders in politics and business, students, government officials and policy makers, healthcare providers, educators, staff of public agencies or private corporations, as well as self-employed owners of social enterprises, civil society and faith based organizations from 16 states of Nigeria, the FCT and the United States.

The agenda included workshops, panel sessions, one-on-one clinics, mentoring tables and networking, all geared towards sharing the latest in community-led development, plus governance and accountability strategies for project implementation. Some of the hot topics were structured around sustainable Development Goals, Story-telling, grant writing and donor engagement, etc.

The SI4DEV Partners Training Program also graduated the 2018 class of partners, ambassadors and fellows at the event. The 6 months online fellowship program aims to create thriving and resilient communities, with focus on health, education, governance and enterprise. Using an ‘a la carte’ training model caters to the different capacity levels and learning styles of participants, it delivers experience and skills in core areas like team work, needs assessment, action planning, project management, evaluation, and sustainability.

SI4DEV Partners from various states also got to showcase their location group’s ‘learn-by-doing’ projects and micro-projects including advocacy campaigns, vocational training, voter education, handwashing promotions, up-skilling civil society groups and humanitarian outreach.

The event was the first of the kind in Nigeria and took place in Abuja from November 15th to 17th 2018.

Links:

Oct 1, 2018

National Workshop Summit: 2018 Class of Partners

The Spring Development Initiative is proud to present a workshop summit for community leaders, volunteers and other practitioners in the Community-Led Development (CLD) community in Nigeria by our affiliate organization, Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative (SI4DEV).

SI4DEV is in the exclusive position of seeding a consistent CLD model across Nigeria and has put together this summit themed: A Pathway from Community-Driven Development Projects to Community-Led Development.

We’re inviting you to sponsor this event and or join us as a presenter or speaker for the SI4DEV inaugural workshop summit for shared learning, practice and inspiration.

For the past year, The Spring Development Initiative has been working with SI4DEV and the participants of their Partners Program at the intersection of behavior change, capacity building, impact and sustainability.

To celebrate the successful completion of the first half of this program, two hundred (200) SI4DEV Partners from across 30 States and the FCT will converge in Abuja, Nigeria from November 15 – 17th 2018, for three inspiring days featuring 3 key planks:

• Project Management and Performance Improvement Training – Breakout Sessions, Panels

• Action Planning for Impact, Sustainability, Governance and Accountability – One-on-one Clinics

• Motivation, Networking and Context – One-year Anniversary, Award Ceremony and Cultural Night

SUMMIT OBJECTIVES:

1. To improve the ability of SI4DEV partners to properly develop, manage and successfully complete community-driven development projects.

2. To share innovative strategies to better connect community-driven projects to local leaders – both government and traditional – for increased sustainability.

3. To review and finalize actionable tools that will help SI4DEV partners evaluate and improve the governance and accountability of their community driven projects.

 

About SI4DEV and the SI4DEV Partners Program

SI4DEV is a non-governmental organization registered in Nigeria to empower local volunteers at the grassroots who are in the process or are willing to take action to bring about positive social change in their community. The SI4DEV Partners Program trains potential community leaders on how to successfully implement community driven projects; how to effectively access resources to be able to deliver a better quality of life for local communities; and how to contribute to sustainable development.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks,

 

Nkem Akinsoto

 
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