EPDI Nigeria offers life skills and sexuality education for secondary schools

Life Skills and Sexuality Education for Secondary Schools at Melville College

During the period at EPDI Nigeria we had two sessions with the students. For the students of SS1 we had a discussion on  the need for goal setting after being in a new level. Eighty five students were in attendance – 39 female and 46 male. The second group was the JSS3 students who were preparing for the next phase in their education i.e. moving from junior to senior school. We had a discussion on Character Development, concentrating on Diligence, Integrity and Discipline. Ninety students were in attendance – 47 female and 43 male. The students appreciated the discussions and one specifically called to say “Thank you!”

Catch Them Young for Nursery/Primary Children

We continue our programme at the MEPOL Primary School, Ojodu, Lagos, every Friday, which aims at equipping the children with knowledge and skills to help them develop in every area of their lives.  During the last term, (May – June), various topics were shared with the children including the need to appreciate themselves as each person is unique; qualities of heroes, and how they develop such qualities, that will make one great in life; positive Peer influence, relationships in the family, among others. It’s great working with the children as they are enthusiastic and quick to learn

Church and community mobilization process (CCMP) – facilitators training

The objective of CCMP is to awaken the Church to her responsibility and that is – That is the church understands and applies its biblical mandate for holistic ministry to its immediate community and thus truly becomes “salt and light” to the community.   The training was held from May15-19 at the Change Institute, Ikeja Lagos, with over twenty participants from different Churches and NGOs, including EPDI.

Project cycle management workshop

The workshop was organized by CRUDAN for Church leaders, NGOs and individuals, to equip them with the tools for comprehensive planning and sustainability of projects. There were talks, discussions, exercises and group work.  Participants were grateful for such a programme as it exposed them to the areas of failure in various projects they had hitherto engaged in, and were now equipped with the tools for effective planning and the implementation of projects. The Executive Director of EPDI, Hannah, was one of the two facilitators at the workshop which held from July 3-7.

Network activites

Several activities by the Association for members were held between may and June. These were:

CRUDAN Zonal Congress held on May 12, 2017 at the Institute of Church and Society, Ibadan, Oyo State. During the meeting, members were briefed on the activities of the organization and to mobilize members for the Annual General Meeting that would be held later in the month. A talk was also given on Fundraising Strategy for Organisations by Mr. Martin-Mary Falana

CRUDAN Zonal Development Congress held on June 14, 2017 at the Anglican Church of the Messiah, Ibadan with the theme “Leadership and Nation Building: The Nehemiah Approach”  This is a programme held annually to discuss issues concerning the nation and to proffer suggestions on way forward. Two talks were delivered       – Leadership and Nation Building: The Nehemiah Approach was delivered by Rev. Fr Vincent  Anadi, Catholic Diocese of Ondo.        –  Management of Solid Waste and Recycling by Mr. Fellar Omowole, Director, Ondo State Waste   Management Authority        –  Waste and Climate Change by Mrs. Jumoke Ogunrayi, Ministry of Environment

CRUDAN South West Zonal Committee Meeting: The second meeting of the year held in the evening of June 14, 2017 at the Office and all the members were present. After the general discussions, the Organisational Capacity Indicator (OCI), a Self Evaluation Exercise, for the Association was carried out.

CRUDAN Annual Zonal Lecture for Christian Leaders and other stakeholders held on Tuesday 27th June, 2017 at Agape Generation International Church, 15-17 Ugbeje Aki street, Mende Estate, Maryland Lagos by 10:30am prompt. The theme of the lecture is “The Nigerian Church as Salt of the Earth and Light of the World: Conversion at Fostering Healing, Reconciliation and Social Cohesion in Turbulent National Context”.  The lecture was delivered by Mr. Ben Osawe, Advocacy Manager, Tearfund Nigeria.

This post was written for ICAI’s monthly bulletin the Global Buzz, August 2017.