EMPOWERING RURAL ADOLESCENT GIRLS AS VILLAGE HEALTH WORKERS IN BORNO STATE, NIGERIA

Child Concerns (GCC) is presently implementing a health project in Borno with the goal of empowering young rural women as Village Health Workers in the state. This is aimed at addressing the poor state of adolescents and maternal health in the Boko Haram affected Borno state of Nigeria. The project is strengthening the agency, and voice of rural adolescent girls by supporting their transition from secondary school to training as village Health Workers and in so doing, addressing the acute shortage of female health workers in Borno communities. The project which kicked off in December 2017 has integrated proven girls’ education strategies with innovative vocational interventions to build adolescent girls’ career aspirations and will significantly increase the number of rural girls enrolling into the community village health service scheme in Borno state.

OBJECTIVES

The target communities are Gwoza, Konduga and Bama and strategic objectives of the program are to:
  1. a) provide second chance opportunities for adolescent girls affected by conflict in North East Nigeria;
  2. b) increase availability, deployment and retention of female health workers to deliver reproductive and maternal health services especially in rural communities of Borno;
  3. c) Empower adolescent girls and young women through education, mentorship and service.
As at date, 246 VHWs have been trained by GCC and provided both practicum and didactic VHW skills, knowledge and information, while 38 CHEWshave been trained in supportive supervision and are being linked to local health facilities in their communities. The training curriculum was based on the approved National Primary Health Care Development Agency curriculum for Village Health Workers in Nigeria Under the project, Girl Child Concerns (GCC) will address the poor state of adolescents and maternal health in Boko Haram affected Borno state of Nigeria. The project will strengthen the agency, and voice of rural adolescent girls by supporting their transition from secondary school to training as village Health Workers and in so doing, will address the acute shortage of female health workers in Borno state. It will integrate proven girls’ education strategies with innovative vocational interventions to build 240 adolescent girls’ career aspirations and academic achievement and will significantly increase the number of rural girls enrolling into the community village health service scheme in Borno state. The project will consist of components which will include:
  • A vocational training and practicums of 200 adolescent girls as Community village health workers at health facilities;
  • Training of existing 40 Community Village Health Extension Workers in supportive supervision of VHWs.
  • Provide monthly Safe space mentoring to enhance critical life skills
  • Collaborate with Borno State Government to start and institutionalize a Village Health Worker training for Rural Girls in Borno State.
The trained girls will be linked to local health facilities for practical trainings and learning and thereafter integrated in ongoing community health workers scheme. The trainings will constitute core training in family planning, child spacing, ante-natal attendance, child care, immunization and nutrition, especially with a focus on post pregnancy family planning.

OBJECTIVES

The strategic objectives of the program are to:
  1. a) provide second chance opportunities for adolescent girls affected by conflict in North East Nigeria;
  2. b) increase availability, deployment and retention of female health workers to deliver reproductive and maternal health services especially in rural communities of Borno;
  3. c) Empower adolescent girls and young women through education, mentorship and service.
The project will be implemented in Konduga, Gwoza and Bama. It is a 3 year project 2018-2020

TRAINING OF VHWS AT AGENCY FOR MASS LITERACY MAIDUGURI

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EMPOWERING RURAL ADOLESCENT GIRLS AS VILLAGE HEALTH WORKERS IN BORNO STATE, NIGERIA

Child Concerns (GCC) is presently implementing a health project in Borno with the goal of empowering young rural women as Village Health Workers in the state. This is aimed at addressing the poor state of adolescents and maternal health in the Boko Haram affected Borno state of Nigeria. The project is strengthening the agency, and voice of rural adolescent girls by supporting their transition from secondary school to training as village Health Workers and in so doing, addressing the acute shortage of female health workers in Borno communities.

The project which kicked off in December 2017 has integrated proven girls’ education strategies with innovative vocational interventions to build adolescent girls’ career aspirations and will significantly increase the number of rural girls enrolling into the community village health service scheme in Borno state.

OBJECTIVES

The target communities are Gwoza, Konduga and Bama and strategic objectives of the program are to:

  1. a) provide second chance opportunities for adolescent girls affected by conflict in North East Nigeria;
  2. b) increase availability, deployment and retention of female health workers to deliver reproductive and maternal health services especially in rural communities of Borno;
  3. c) Empower adolescent girls and young women through education, mentorship and service.

As at date, 246 VHWs have been trained by GCC and provided both practicum and didactic VHW skills, knowledge and information, while 38 CHEWshave been trained in supportive supervision and are being linked to local health facilities in their communities. The training curriculum was based on the approved National Primary Health Care Development Agency curriculum for Village Health Workers in Nigeria

Under the project, Girl Child Concerns (GCC) will address the poor state of adolescents and maternal health in Boko Haram affected Borno state of Nigeria. The project will strengthen the agency, and voice of rural adolescent girls by supporting their transition from secondary school to training as village Health Workers and in so doing, will address the acute shortage of female health workers in Borno state. It will integrate proven girls’ education strategies with innovative vocational interventions to build 240 adolescent girls’ career aspirations and academic achievement and will significantly increase the number of rural girls enrolling into the community village health service scheme in Borno state. The project will consist of components which will include:

  • A vocational training and practicums of 200 adolescent girls as Community village health workers at health facilities;
  • Training of existing 40 Community Village Health Extension Workers in supportive supervision of VHWs.
  • Provide monthly Safe space mentoring to enhance critical life skills
  • Collaborate with Borno State Government to start and institutionalize a Village Health Worker training for Rural Girls in Borno State.

The trained girls will be linked to local health facilities for practical trainings and learning and thereafter integrated in ongoing community health workers scheme. The trainings will constitute core training in family planning, child spacing, ante-natal attendance, child care, immunization and nutrition, especially with a focus on post pregnancy family planning.

OBJECTIVES

The strategic objectives of the program are to:

  1. a) provide second chance opportunities for adolescent girls affected by conflict in North East Nigeria;
  2. b) increase availability, deployment and retention of female health workers to deliver reproductive and maternal health services especially in rural communities of Borno;
  3. c) Empower adolescent girls and young women through education, mentorship and service.

The project will be implemented in Konduga, Gwoza and Bama. It is a 3 year project 2018-2020

TRAINING OF VHWS AT AGENCY FOR MASS LITERACY MAIDUGURI

 

 

 

 

MACARTHUR PROJECT

MACARTHUR PROJECT

NATIONAL HOME GROWN FEEDING PROGRAMME

PROMOTING ACCOUNTABILITY & TRANSPARENCY IN THE NATIONAL HOME GROWN SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM IN KADUNA STATE

Girl Child Concerns (GCC) is implementing an accountability and transparency project which is aimed at promoting accountability in the educational sector in Kaduna State through active monitoring of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) in the state. The HGSFP is a joint social protection program of the federal government and State Governments. The HGSFP outcome of the tracking exercise will be shared with the leadership of Kaduna state and used to canvass improvement in transparency and accountability. This is particularly important in the current fiscal situation in the country and the Kaduna state government’s open acclamation of transparency and good governance

GOAL

The overall goal of the project is to promote accountability practices and transparency in resource allocation, distribution and management in the home grown school feeding program in Kaduna State

OBJECTIVE

To facilitate active participation of citizens and oversight of duty bearers and gatekeepers in ensuring the National Home Grown School Feeding program is properly executed and funds channeled to the program are judiciously utilized in Kaduna state.
To sensitize citizens about their service rights and responsibilities in education sector and provide them with strategy and access to demand accountability and good governance from service providers for the HGSFP.
To ensure provision of hygienic and healthy food in the schools in Kaduna state using home grown food by local farmers that will improve child nutrition.
Provide data and evidence to Kaduna state government to support them in improving monitoring and accountability in the use of public funds.
GCC is implementing the project in 70 primary schools under 6 LGAs (zaria, soba, kaduna north, kauru, chikun, kachia). It is a 3 year project 2018-2020

ADOLESCENT GIRL’S INITIATIVE

ADOLESCENT GIRLS

BRIEF ON THE PROJECT

Investing in girls’ education is one of the most leveraged and cost-effective investment that a nation can make. The Adolescent Girl’s Initiative is a scale-up of a program implemented by the Centre for Girls’ Education Zaria aimed at improving the social, economic and health wellbeing of rural and low income urban adolescent girls in Northern Nigeria through increased access to education, sexual reproductive health services and life skills.  The Adolescent Girl Initiative (AGI)—an expansion of the innovative girls’ program is aimed at keeping girls in school by improving their core academic performance through participation in mentored safe space girls clubs and providing opportunities for the girls to build trusting relationships and acquire critical sexual and reproductive health knowledge and life skills not currently offered in government education. AGI is designed to support girls as they progress from primary to junior secondary school—a critical time for school withdrawal and early marriage

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Adolescent Girl Initiative model evolved over 8 years community-based research with rural girls, their parents and religious leaders by the Centre for Girls Education (CGE). A range of interventions was studied and the most promising was selected as the core of the Adolescent Girl Initiative.These are focused community engagement, mentored tutoring in safe space clubs, reduction of school fees or the provision of books, and support of female teachers. When these strategies were explored together during the pilot study in select schools, the participating girls’ transition rate from primary school to junior secondary increased from 25% to 97%. Moreover, secondary school graduation rates increased from 4% to 82%. A pilot programme targeting 400 girls was conducted in Zaria in 2015. The success of the pilot led to the present scale-up.

The Adolescent Girl Initiative anchored by Center for Girls Education (CGE), is supported by UNFPA and is targeting 9650 primary 6 adolescent girls, ages 10-14, living in Local Government Areas with high maternal mortality, early marriage, and out-of-school girls. The program is implemented by 3 organizations; Girl Child Concerns (GCC) in Kaduna, Centre for Girls Education (CGE) in Zaria and Nana in Kebbi state. So far GCC has reached 2,025 primary six pupils and is reaching 750 JS1 adolescent girls. Girl Child Concerns has so far implemented the Project in 2 Local government areas (Igabi and Kaduna South) in 9 secondary schools as well as 29 primary secondary schools. We have equally been able to reach over 140 female primary/secondary school teachers, parents, traditional and religious leaders in communities. The girls are mentored by female teachers in their schools once a week for two hours, after school closing hours. The intervention has equally through mentor trainings, strengthened the capacity and skills of the female primary school teachers mentioned, who have been selected and trained as mentors.

PROJECT GOAL

To contribute in improving the social, economic and health wellbeing of rural and low-income urban adolescent girls in Northern Nigeria and build their assets through increased access to education, sexual reproductive health information, services and life-skills that would positively impact on health choices.

OBJECTIVES

The specific objectives of the AGI in the two states are to:

  1. Increase girls’ secondary school enrolment, performance, and rates of graduation, thus delaying age of marriage;
  2. Expand opportunities for girls to acquire a broad range of relevant SRH and other life skills (e.g., self-expression and negotiation);
  • Develop leadership opportunities for adolescent girls;
  1. Enhance assets of girls including advocacy and communication;
  2. Refine and improve program effectiveness (through operations research); and,
  3. Increase the knowledge and skills of female teachers to mentor effectively.

Project activities are divided into three core components , designed to address parental concerns and build on lessons learned of key elements that improve girls retention. These 3 components are;

  • Reducing Social and Economic Barriers to Secondary School Enrolment and Completion through;
  • Enhancing Core Academic Competencies, Life Skills and Relevance of the Curriculum

Mentored Girls’ Safe Space Clubs

  • Developing and building Adolescent Girls’ Leadership

The program from inception has engaged local government education authority officials to ensure sustain. Program started in 2016 and was officially expected to endin December 2017 but a no cost extension has been secured and its rounding up in june 2018. for the finished product by GCC. As part of the mentoring, GCC also trains the scholarship beneficiaries in communication skills, computer application, paper presentation, group works and leadership training. For their voices to be heard, the youth need to be trained on how to communicate effectively and convey meaningful information to & with people, how to give good presentations, address stage fright and present the right message