Mar 26, 2020

Community Engagement for Project Planning

REPORT DATE: February-March 2020.

OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE: The purpose of the activities within this period were to

  1. Get permission from the SI4DEV leadership to move the location from Abuja to Ibadan
  2. Introduce the Healthy Adolescent Development Project to the Oyo state Ministry of Education 
  3. Select schools and participants from each school
  4. Recruit volunteers for the project
  5. Develop Modules for training
  6. Print T-shirts for volunteers

DESCRIPTION AND SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES:
After approval was received in February to move the project to Ibadan, the Healthy Adolescent Development Project team visited 3 selected schools in 3 Local Government Areas in Ibadan Metropolis, to discuss the project with the principals of the schools.

The schools are comprised of 2 public schools and 1 private school. Two of the schools agreed to select participants for the project and also assigned supervising teachers for the project while one of the schools gave assurance that this will be done in 3rd term.

It was agreed upon that the team would be visiting the schools again in third term before the commencement of the training.

In order to establish the Healthy Adolescent Development Project in secondary schools in Ibadan Metropolis, Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology was visited to get permission. The ministry requested we come back at the end of March for follow-up.

Six volunteers have been recruited for the project including SI4DEV Ibadan location group volunteers. A WhatsApp group was created for the volunteers and we had our first online meeting.

The modules for the training have been developed and will be sent to SI4DEV Executive Director for review and approval.

NAMES OF SI4DEV PATNERS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO PARTICIPATED:
1. Chimezie O.
2. Timilehin O.
3. Amaka A.

BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT: The following are the achievements so far;
1. Schools and participants have been selected for the project
2. Development of modules for the training
3. Recruited volunteers
4. Printed T-shirts for volunteers

NEXT STEPS:
1. Send training modules to SI4DEV for approval
2. Printing of training materials
3. Get permission from Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Mar 26, 2020

50 Participants Selected for Skills Empowerment

SUMMARY
This vocational skills empowerment project was designed to target our teeming youths and teenagers, with the aim of equipping them with entrepreneurship skills such as Beads Making, Cosmetology, Leather works, Catering, and Computer literacy.

INTRODUCTION
Nigeria and the North in particular are characterized by deep structural challenges that have created vulnerabilities and push toward conflicts and rising violence. Poverty has been growing and deepening over the past decade, while inequality and conspicuous consumption of the rich, with doubtful source of funds, is creating anger among the people. Northern Nigeria has the highest population growth rate in the contemporary world which has created a huge youth bulge confronted by unemployment and underemployment. The family is in crisis and high poverty levels have created a significant push factor leading to poor families stepping away from their responsibilities for good parenting. In addition, the rise of new religious movements has affected socialization and religious education within the family creating crises of values. Meanwhile, social cohesion and family life are being torn apart by a serious and growing problem of drug addiction.

METHOD OF SELECTION
Interviews were conducted with 70 candidates and only 50 participants were finally selected. Majority of the selected participants were generally young people, which is also related with the aim of the project that limits candidates within specific age group. Also, most of the selected participants have no previous formal vocational education. This implies that majority of the participants had no vocational experience which made the selection process difficult. But with proper consultations of various stakeholders and community leaders (seeking for advice and support), in other to ensure successful and hinge free process. Hence, we were able to select 50 committed participants.

DURATION
As it was clearly stated in the project proposal, training programs will last for two months (8-weeks) as the case may be. The first week was dedicated for orientation while, six weeks for lectures and practical (Mondays -Tuesdays) and the last week for graduation of the participants.

PROGRESS
So far so good, all has been placed in right position. Orientation and classification of the participants held on 16th March, 2020. It was obvious that we have attracted support from various concerned authorities, and we have already kick-start project.

Mar 26, 2020

Team Meeting for Project Planning

MEETING MONTH: March, 2020
VENUE: Awka, Anambra State
DATE: 5th March, 2020
TIME: 10am
OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE: Planning Meeting with the State Team

LIST OF ATTENDEES:
Okoye Chisom Macmanus - State Partner
Anibueze C - Volunteer

AGENDA ITEMS DISCUSSED:
Project Initiation
Project budget and expected outcome
Advocacy Visits
Community involvement in the project

The state Team was able to meet to discuss on the program, how to achieve more positive result because here in Anambra state Teamwork is of essence. The state partner, Mr Chisom was able to share the budget and the expected outcome of the project and contributions on how to achieve the project was also made.

OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTNER WITH OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS: 

Letters were written to State Ministry of Health, Police Action on Control of AIDS (PACA), Winners Chapel Church, St Gabriel Catholic Church Okpuno, St Faith Anglican Church Awka by Zik’s avenue Awka, Regina Ceali Hospital. The essence of this was to inform them about SI4DEV relevance in the state and the cancer awareness Project for women and young girls in Anambra State, to see how best we can collaborate to ensure a cancer free state.

WHAT COULD WE HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER:

We could have involved more female volunteers as the project is all about Breast and Cervical cancer which mostly affect women.

NEXT STEPS:
Advocacy Visits
Community involvement in the project

 
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