PAANEAH Foundation in collaboration with Society for Adolescent and Young People’s Health in Nigeria (SAYPHIN) inaugurated an in-school project for youths at the Ansaru-un-deen Comprehensive Junior college in Ota on 24th and 30th of May, 2018. The project which was tagged #Youthagainstviolence was run for 6 weeks during the third term of school session in this year 2018. The activities were conducted both on the Assembly ground every Thursday morning to the general student population through Assembly hall educative talk and every Wednesday to select students that have indicated interest, during the curriculum activity session of the school.
Fig1: Assembly educative talk on Gender Based Violence
Project Design and Facilitation
The general objective of the 7 weeks long workshop was designed to equip participants with the ability to:
- demonstrate knowledge of core leadership and violence management issues;
- recognise greater opportunities become change agents both within the school environment and everywhere they find themselves and,
- apply the leadership and change agent practices for improved lifestyle and better health development outcomes.
The training was designed to be highly interactive and involved the use of various learning techniques, with contents based on Nigerian youth development curriculum, youth4youth curriculum and the Caribbean curriculum. The training methods were innovative and skills-focused and include a rich use of case studies, role plays, group work, dramas, presentations and other interactive facilitative methods.
The project designed a 6-sentence Creed that the participants usually chant at every of our meeting days and we intend for it to be adopted by every classroom in the school so that our identified change agents will eventually champion a course to chant it regularly in the school both in the morning and at close of school. This is to enable the training objective to become ingested and engrained by every student and to achieve zero tolerance on violence and a most peaceful school compliment in the long run
Fig2: Students showing forth Action against Violence campaign papers for other class members to see