RCE Greater Yenagoa - 2020

COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION IN GBARAIN/EKPETIAMA GMOU CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITIES
Basic Information
Title of project : 
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION IN GBARAIN/EKPETIAMA GMOU CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITIES
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Greater Yenagoa
Contributing organization(s) : 
1. GBARAIN/EKPETIAMA CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT BOARD
2. COMMUNITY INTER-RELATIONS AND CONCILIATION INITIATIVE
3. SPRINTLIFE
4. FOUNDATION FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL AND DEVELOPMENT (FEEDA)
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
MR. PROFIT BIBOBARA
Organizational Affiliation: 
GBARAIN/EKPETIAMA CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Name: 
SIR ANTHONY W. LAWRENCE
Organizational Affiliation: 
COMMUNITY INTER RELATIONS AND CONCILIATION INITIATIVE
Name: 
MR. PAUL JOHN AGHARA
Organizational Affiliation: 
SPRINTLIFE
Name: 
MR. BRIGHT IGBUBIA
Organizational Affiliation: 
FOUNDATION FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL AND DEVELOPMENT
Format of project: 
MANUSCRIPT
Language of project: 
ENGLISH
Date of submission:
Monday, October 12, 2020
Additional resources: 
PRESENTATION ON “I CAN ACHIEVE GREATNESS’’ BY EARNEST SORGWE AND TALK ON COVID19 PREVENTION BY DR. KESIYE LEGHEMO OF MINISTRY OF HEALTH BAYELSA STATE (DR. LEGHEMO IS AN ASSOCIATE OF THE RCE GREATER YENAGOA)
https://education.gov.ng/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/NATIONAL-POLICY-ON-EDUCATION.pdf
At what level is the policy operating?: 
National
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Africa and Middle East
Country: 
Nigeria
Address of focal point institution for project: 
MR. PROFIT BIBOBARA
GBARAIN/EKPETIAMA CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT CLUSTER
BIOGBOLO
BAYELSA STATE
Ecosystem(s):
Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Greater Yenagoa consists of people who are, mostly, fisher folks and subsistence farmers. Most of the people are poor and have always asked for financial support to help them develop sustainably. There are still many youths not in school and others who cannot further their education due to finance.

There is the presence of a number of international oil companies (IOCs) operating in the area such as Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) and Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC).
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
1. Poor awareness on sustainable development issues and how they can contribute towards a better quality of life, this was achieved through community sensitization during the needs assessment.
2. Majority of people are poor and lack finance to invest in businesses and educational pursuit.
3. Many youths prefer to do the available semi-skilled jobs rather than look for money for further education
4. Youth restiveness due to idleness, over time more youths will be involved.
Contents
Status: 
Completed
Period: 
January, 2020 to June, 2020
Rationale: 
A team put in place by CIRCI (the mentoring NGO) jointly facilitated with the relevant Community Trust and representatives of the CDB, an assessment (by the communities for themselves) to understand their critical development problems and to brainstorm on possible choices of interventions to address these challenges, bearing in mind the funds available to the CDB/CTs from the GMoU they have with SPDC and others. At the end of the annual revalidation exercise for 2019/2020 session, a number of interventions were identified and some of which were infrastructural while others were human capital development in nature.
Apart from these identified development needs, we also observed a number of relational flash points that if not well managed, can grow into major issues. It was clear to the team the need to advocate for community education/sensitization as one of the interventions to be handled. CIRCI discussed this with the Cluster Development Board which eventually approved a programme of community education/sensitization for 2020.
Objectives: 
The objectives to be achieved for carrying out this programme are as follows:
1. Opportunity for CDB to interact with the community stakeholders
2. Open up a communication channels between CDB and communities
3. Build the capacities of communities (especially youths) to understand how to reduce violent conflicts, social vices and drug addiction
4. Motivate the youths to develop towards becoming outstanding adults that are good citizens
5. Sensitize the communities on preventing spread of COVID-19 through NCDC protocols
6. Involve communities in project planning and buy-in
7. Give transparent programme implementation status report to community stakeholders
Activities and/or practices employed: 
DAY 1 (21ST OF MARCH 2020)
• HSE BRIEFING WITH SHORT TALK ON COVID19 PANDEMIC
• Sensitization on Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols to prevent the spread of the pandemic was discussed as part of the Health Safety and Environment tips.
• MOTIVATIONAL TALKS
• Two RCE affiliates also motivated the participants with issues on how they can make their lives count, importance of effective leadership, why they must avoid any illegal and counterproductive vices including cultism, drug addiction etc.
• PRESENTATION ON “YES I CAN” BY BRIGHT IGBURUBIA
• PRESENTATION ON “I CAN ACHIEVE GREATNESS’’ BY EARNEST SORGWE
• PRESENTATION ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE BY PAUL JOHN AGHARA
• PRESETATION ON HOW THE FOOTBALL AND WRESTLING COMPETITION WILL TAKE PLACE BY PROFIT BIBOBRA
DAY 2: 4th OF SEPTEMBER 2020
• COVID19 PREVENTION TALK AND GMOU IMPLEMTATION STATUS REPORT TO COMMUNITIES
• TALK ON COVID19 PREVENTION BY DR. KESIYE LEGHEMO OF MINISTRY OF HEALTH BAYELSA STATE
• CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT BOARD’S PERFORMANCE REVIEW PRESENTATATION TO STAKEHOLDERS
Size of academic audience: 
THE WHOLE CLUSTER COMMUNITIES AND BEYOND
Results: 
The communities were elated on these community sensitization interventions on peaceful coexistence, motivational talks, COVID19 prevention talks and the project implementation status reporting to the community stakeholders.
The Paramount Ruler of Ekpetiama clan, His Royal Majesty King Bubaraye Dakolo who participated in the event from the beginning to the end described the report out of CDB implementation performance as very good strategy and should be continued so as to reduce miscommunication and dispel rumours.
The participants urged the organizers to continue with the events so that the people’s capacities will be built and the people will be aware of how their funds are being utilized.
Lessons learned: 
The community education/sensitization programme achieved all the objectives set.
It is hoped that next year and with favourable security conditions, CDB will be able to carry out this programme not only in a centrally located place but equally in every community. Additional donor support from within Nigeria and beyond will enhance the quantity and quality of these events.
Four affiliates of RCE Greater Yenagoa participated in this programme. Apart from Gbarain/Ephetiama CDB and CIRCI which are affiliates of RCE Greater Yenagoa, the others were SprintLife and Foundation for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (FEEDA).
Key messages: 
Everyone can achieve greatness and there cannot be development without peace
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
1. Project supports RCE efforts to communicate regularly and transparently with the community stakeholders.
2. Project supports community capacity building.
3. Projects supports efforts to enhance regular youth interactions and sports development
3. Project contributes towards a knowledge enhancement.
Funding: 
Project was funded 100% by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and her Joint Venture partners

Pictures:

File Name Caption for picture Photo Credit
Image icon PHOTO 1.jpg (70.56 KB) Mr. Profit Bibobara Chairman of the Cluster, making a presentation in Day 2
Image icon PHOTO 2.jpg (72.03 KB) A cross-section of the participants in the event
Image icon DR. KESIYE LEGHEMO.jpg (64.17 KB) Dr. Kesiye Leghemo of the Bayesa State Government’s Ministry of Health making his presentation
References and reference materials: 
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
Direct
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
Direct
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Direct
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Direct
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
Direct
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
Direct
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
Direct
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
Direct
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Indirect
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Indirect
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Indirect
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
Direct
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Direct
Theme
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Direct
Traditional Knowledge  
Direct
Curriculum Development 
Indirect
Waste 
Indirect
ESD for 2030-Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 3 - Developing capacities of educators and trainers 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 4 - Mobilizing youth 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
state: 
Direct