RCE Minna

Photo Credit: RCE Minna
Rce details
Region:
AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
Country:
Nigeria
Overview
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
November, 2011
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Minna is located in the metropolitan city of Minna, the state capital of Niger State. Niger State is one of the 36 States of Nigeria, located in the central northern region of the country. The sphere of influence of the RCE covers the entire Niger state and adjoining areas contagious to it, such as the Federal Capital of Nigeria, Abuja. 

RCE Minna is located in a largely rural and agrarian region with low population density and a varying climactic regime. The economic structure, as with the rest of Nigeria, is tilted in favour of the elite educated class that determines access to resources in the formal sector. Major challenges in the region include unemployment, poverty, environmental degradation, poor sanitation and waste management systems, poor soil management, poor education, flooding, deforestation and declining freshwater resources.

Goals and Objectives:

Vision:
A population educated in and aware of the importance of Sustainable Development and how we as humans can contribute to a sustainable and holistically wealthier society for all. To contribute efforts in formal and informal sectors towards promoting Education for sustainable development. 

RCE Mission:
To educate the people  within the sphere of influence of the RCE to become the vanguards for the entrenchment of sustainability in human actions at the individual and collective levels and to ensure constant exchange of ideas and best practice between both the formal and informal set up of the society.

Short-Term Objectives:

  1. To develop, collate and adapt teaching and learning resources on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for implementation in both formal and non-formal (including local languages) education delivery.
  2. To make available to all major school libraries, literature, expertise and teaching/learning resources on ESD.
  3. To initiate activities that will engender collective problem-solving by bringing together school children at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels through hands-on activities at the community level.
  4. To generate the requisite awareness for the uptake of ESD as a key ingredient in school curricula and community-level development programme implementation.
  5. To solicit the early buy-in and continuous engagement of all stakeholders in the activities of the RCE.
  6. To design and deliver strategic awareness campaigns at the community level for pushing the ESD agenda in local languages.

Medium-Term Objectives:

  1. To train resource persons who can deliver ESD materials and act as agents of change in the community.
  2. To make ESD an ongoing activity in the RCE by ensuring that State radio and television stations and other Mass media outlets have regular programmes on ESD.
  3. To generate and implement an annual calendar of programmes, events and activities (including teaching sessions with audiovisual aids, expeditions, town hall meetings, participatory resource mapping and monitoring etc) in educational institutions and in the communities (Wards) as rallying points for ESD within the schools and surrounding communities.
  4. To institute research and outreach programmes that engages the communities in problem identification, prioritisation and solving

Long-Term Objectives:

  1. To ensure that ESD becomes the reference for the design and implementation of School curricula and community development efforts in the region.
  2. To gradually extend the operations of RCE Minna beyond its area of influence.
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Niger State Urban Development Board, Ministry of Lands and Housing

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: Federal University of Technology of Minna
Role: Host Institution
Contact name: Prof. G N. Nsofor and Dr. M. T. Usman
Contact email: nsoforgn50@gmail.com and mtusman@futminna.edu.ng

Name of organisation: Development Initiative of West Africa (DIWA)
Role: Training and capacity building
Contact name: Mr. Nurudeen Lemu
Contact email: nurulemu@gmail.com

Activities
Current Activities:
  • Unslumming of Minna, in conjunction with GIZ and Nigerian Resilience Cities Network (NRCN)
  • Implementation of the School Environmental and Nutrition Supplementation through Agriculture (SENSA)
  • Members of Suleja Smart City by UNDP
  • RCE Green Clubs
Upcoming Activities:
  • Proposed 3 days youth camp on leadership and peace building for Nigerian RCEs
  • Hosting of the 3rd African RCE virtual Conference
  • Graduate Interactive Session, 2018
  • Independence Day Commemoration, 2018
  • Nigerian RCE Youth Conference, 2018
Achievements:

RCE Minna was instrumental to the development of RCE in Nigeria through:

  1. The hosting of the 3rd African RCE conference in Abuja in 2013,
  2. Championing the planting of trees in public space in Minna since 2010
  3. Won an RCE project recognition award in 2013 in Kenya for a project on the use of used diapers as a soil conditioner.
  4. Won an RCE project award for a documentary on safer canoe.
  5. Production of a curriculum on financial literacy for sustainable development (FLSD)
  6. Participation in the first virtual youth conference with RCE Grand Rapids.
  7. Hosting of Prof. Charles Hopkins in Minna in 2017.
  8. Increasing the visibility of Minna internationally thereby attracting recognition and support. It was the activities of RCE Minna that led to ongoing project on unslumming of Minna by GIZ.
  9. Policy makers participation in RCE activities.
  10. Development of the capacity of the youth within the RCE. 
Communication Channels
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Publications:
Twitter handle:
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Abdul Husaini
abdulhusaini@yahoo.com
Secondary RCE Contact:
Abdullahi A. Ketso
aaketso@gmail.com
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

RCE Minna, Suite No. 2 IICO Building, Muazu, Mohammed Road, Minna, Niger state, Nigeria