WESP is targeted at building and strengthening the capacity of female adolescents in senIor secondary schools on appropriate response and prevention of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).
With the support of Cummins West Africa, The WESP was implemented in three locations (Port-Harcourt Rivers State, Ikeja, Lagos State and Gwagwa, FCT Abuja) with a total reach of eight hundred and fifty (850) direct beneficiaries.
There were four components of the intervention
A. Rapid Assessment
B. Train the trainer session
C. Classroom session
The following were achieved in the course of the project implementation:
601 students were directly impacted by the WESP project in the three locations
249 parents/guardians attended the Parent Forum
There was an increase in beneficiaries’ awareness and consciousness as regards the prevalence of GBV – 92%
All the beneficiaries became aware that the statutory age of CONSENT for sex in Nigeria is 18 years old
At the end of the session, ALL the beneficiaries resolve to speak up and end the culture of silence
.91% of the beneficiaries believe that it is necessary to have positive self-esteem as a young adult as this impacts their decision-making process, relationships, emotional health, and overall well-being
The education initiative transformed the community of students into ambassadors in the space who can speak out thereby breaking the culture of silence
NAME of ORGANISATION:
Women At Risk International Foundation - WARIF
The initiative aims to reduce the high incidence of rape and sexual violence in communities through education and the change in the mindset and attitudes of the adolescent boy-child.
Oregun Senior High School, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
PROJECT ACTIVITIES AND UPDATE:
- Cohort 1 Project Implementation (Ongoing)
Following the approved proposal for the ongoing WARIF Boys Conversation Café, a total of 225 direct beneficiaries are expected to be trained for the period of a year.
Due to the global pandemic and restrictions from Lagos state government, the education board directed schools to maintain social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols which led to the drastic reduction of class size to reasonable numbers.
In other to ensure beneficiaries are protected, the implementation of BCC was further broken down into three cohorts. Each cohort is expected to accommodate 90 boys; leaving a total of 15 boys in each classroom for each session.
WARIF strategically distributed beneficiaries in sub groups of 45 boys as school opens for students in alternate days.
To this end, the school is opened to students in the Senior Secondary School (SSS) 1 on Wednesdays while SSS2 students are allowed to be in school on Thursdays respectively.
In the current cohort, SSS 1 sub-group is divided into 3 classrooms of 15 students. Same is applicable to SSS2 sub-group of 15 students in each classroom.
- Rapid Assessment Visit to Project Site
On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, WARIF team was received by the management team of Oregun Senior High School. The visit was to familiarize WARIF with the school and to confirm available classrooms for the implementation of the project.
The Principal of the school was elated to receive WARIF. Mrs. Ojolowo looked forward to a productive engagement with WARIF and fruitful measurable outcomes.
- Coaching Teachers
WARIF trained four selected teachers from Oregun Senior High School on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at the WARIF Centre in Yaba, Lagos.
The purpose of the training was to equip the teachers for further engagement beyond the project lifecycle in the selected school. The teachers would also assist Mentors during the session when the need arises.
The selected teachers showed keen interest in the project and looked forward to supporting the team in changing the existing narrative.
The following teachers were selected by the school to assist in the implementation of BCC in Oregun Senior High School:
- Coaching Mentors
WARIF engaged eight Cummins volunteers who voluntarily made themselves available for the BCC project. The training was held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 via zoom.
The coaching session was held virtually due to the Mentors location and unavailability to participate in a physical training session.
The session highlighted the project goals and get familiar with general rule of engagement during the project. During the training, WARIF introduced a mock facilitation session in order to have the Mentors understand how to administer baseline and exist surveys.
DEMOGRAPHY of TARGET BENEFICIARIES
Age: 13-18 years old
Class: SS1 and SS2
Class: Grade 9 – 11
FOCUS AREA (Education/Health/Empowerment)
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL SATISFIED BY PROJECT
Goal 4 – Quality Education
Goal 5 – Gender Equality
Alimosho Junior Grammar School, Alimosho, Lagos State, Nigeria
August 20th – 23rd, 2019
The WARIF Boys Conversation Café initiative was implemented as a school summer program.
One designated school was used for the program.
The initiative educated 100 secondary school boys from 19 government secondary schools who mostly were from a low income community. The young boys were randomly selected from 10 schools within the school district 1, known as Alimosho zone in Lagos state.
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