Getting Involved

 

A step down of the British Council/World Bank Institute’s Debate to Action, Getting Involved is a programme that seeks to raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals and the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) among youth, equip them on how to effectively share this information with others in their communities, and to determine their own roles within these frameworks.

This knowledge not only empowers young people to be change agents within their communities, but also contributes to transparency and accountability, which in turns supports good governance. By December 2011, EWEI had reached over 1,286 youth and adults through the Getting Involved project which included seminars, newsletters, a Train the Trainers seminar, and distribution of Global Fund insecticide treated mosquito nets.

In addition, EWEI took part in a collaborative campaign on MDG and PRSP awareness within a coalition of 5 organizations in 2008. These organizations were Living Faith Foundation (LFF), Readers and Leaders Club(RLC), Nigerian Air force Youth Awareness Forum (NAYYAF) , Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) and Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI). The coalition was known as DTA Cluster One and implemented 10 projects ranging from awareness walk, media appearances in TV and radio, advocacy visits and an online group.

Project Objectives

  • Strengthen the development knowledge base and information networks of youth leaders and youth organizations.
  • Enhance the capacity of young people to become active and effective in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) through their work at the local and state level.
  • Increase youth awareness of what is already being done within their communities to help achieve the MDGs and NEEDS objectives, and how they can contribute to the process.
  • Improve participants’ own livelihood skills through enhancing their project management, critical thinking, communication, and training skills.

Expected Outcomes

  • Awareness level on MDGs and PRSP raised.
  • Cascading of MDG awareness
  • Inspire young people to get involved in community and personal development
  • Build networks for development
  • Promote good governance by getting everyone involved in the process

Activities

Activity Convener Date Venue No. of Beneficiaries
Getting Involved Empowerment Seminar EWEI 18th September 2008 Prince School, Narayi High Cost, Kaduna 65 (64 students, 1 teacher)
Getting Involved Empowerment Seminar EWEI 12th October 2008 Redeem Christian Church of God, Stil Waters Parish, Malali, Kaduna 25 (21 youth, 4 supervising adults)
Train the Trainers Seminar EWEI 18th October, 2008 Prince School, Sardauna Crescent, Kaduna 172 (164 students 8 teachers,)
Special Feature in EWEI NEWS on MDGs in English and Hausa EWEI December 2008 EWEI NEWS  November/December 2008 edition 1,000
Distribution of Global Fund Insecticide treated mosquito nets EWEI December 2008 Kaduna metropolis 20 Families
Getting Involved certification Ceremony EWEI 17 February 2010 Prince Schools Narayi 4 Teachers
Getting Involved  has benefitted more than  1,286 beneficiaries since 2008

 

GI Case Study

After the “Getting Involved” Train the Trainers seminar held on the 18th of October, 2008 at Prince School, No.1 Taturu Close, Sardauna Crescent, Kaduna organised by Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI), the teachers were mandated to hold at least 3 lectures in the respective subjects that would cover the MDGs and PRSP before the end of February, 2009.

The Train the Trainers seminar and involved the Social Studies and Government teachers and was intended to benefit at least 726 students from the three Prince Schools located at  No. 19 Kano Road, Off Dokaje Street, Kaduna, No 18-20 Giwa Road, Narayi High Cost Kaduna and No. 1 Taturu Close, Sardauna Crescent, Kaduna.

The following data was extracted from the report sheets given to each of the participants at the training and copies are available on request. This evaluation was collated in the 3rd week of January, 2009.

NAME OF SCHOOL NAME OF TEACHER NUMBER  OF LESSONS SUBJECT NO. OF STUDENTS IN ATTENDANCE REMARKS
PRINCE SCHOOL, NO. 18-20 GIWA RAOD, NARAYI HIGH COST, KADUNA ALHERI YAYOCK

3

HEALTH EDUCATION

8/8/8 = 24

Discussions on MDGs 2 and 6
PRINCE SCHOOL, NO. 18-20 GIWA RAOD, NARAYI HIGH COST, KADUNA PRINCE C. ONYEANU 3 SOCIAL STUDIES 15/15/45 Discussions on all 8 MDGs with practicals including visits to the refuse dump, discussion on NEEDS.
PRINCE SCHOOL, NO. 18-20 GIWA RAOD, NARAYI HIGH COST, KADUNA MALIKI ESUGU UMORU 1 SOCIAL STUDIES 22 Discussions MDGs 1 and 3
PRINCE SCHOOL, NO. 18-20 GIWA RAOD, NARAYI HIGH COST, KADUNA TARAH USMAN 3 COMMERCE 26/21/26 = 73 Discussions on MDGs and NEEDS
164

 

Safiya Ibn Garba, EWEI Programme Director:

“From evaluation of the project in January, 2009, 10 lessons benefitting 164 students were taken with discussions focusing on MDGs, PRSP and practicals including visits to refuse dumps for clearing. Four individuals distinguished themselves out of the 8 teachers at the training which shows a 50% success rate in terms of implementation.

These individuals are Prince Onyeanula, Alheri Yayock, Maliki Umoru and Usman Tarah. These four are heroes of development and we are honoured to be identified with them and so today we celebrate them. It is pertinent to note here that all four teachers are from Prince Schools Giwa Road, Narayi, High Cost, Kaduna. This testifies to the unflinching support we have always gotten from the authority at Prince School Narayi and we use this medium to appreciate the Management and in particular Mr. George M. Whiskey.”- February 2010