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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES

2019 ANNUAL REPORT


CONTENT

1.0 Executive Summary


2.0 Introduction/Background
3.0 Activities
4.0 Education Governance
4.1 HDI-MacArthur Project to Monitor the Utilization of UBE Funds in Lagos
4.2 Breaking Barriers: Tax Justice and Gender Responsive Public Service Project
4.3 Global Action Week on Education (GAWE)
5.0 Legal and Women
5.1 Health intervention for Widows
5.2 Life Skill training for Widows
5.3 Legal/Psychosocial Counselling
6.0 Children/Adolescents and Youths Activities
6.1 Leadership Training (GET GLOBAL)
6.2 A Day Out with Special Children
6.3 International Child Helpline Day
6.4 A Day Out with Boys
6.5 School Visitation to HDI-Education Trust Fund Students In Lagos State
6.6 Assembly talks and Counselling of Adolescents
6.7 NACTAL Activities
7.0 Research
8.0 Public Education
8.1 Collaboration with Media
8.2 Website
8.3 Publications
9.0 Summary/Conclusion
1.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The year 2019 was a remarkable one for the Organization because all our efforts to see
women and children vulnerabilities transform into strength; ensured that the targeted
vulnerable children accessed quality education because their poor parent were supported and
empowered achieved desired results in line with the vision of HDI and these strides are
comforting and encouraging. Consequently, we are motivated every year to do better than the
past year, and to touch as many lives as we can through our activities.

In 2019, the organization, through its Education Trust Fund (ETF) and Tertiary Education
fund gave scholarships to children of widows/widowers and persons with disability. In
addition, educational materials were provided for 500 children and wheel chair for one
physically challenged child as well as training them with basic skills needed for survival in
life.

Also, through the HDI camping, assembly talks, happy and sad boxes placed in schools, a
day out with the boys and girls, voice out app and child helpline, students with challenges
were reached out to, counselled and mentored.

As regards women, the Human Development Initiatives empowered about 23 women


(widows) with life skills, such as making of confectionaries, art and crafts and production of
healthy drinks. The women were also enlightened on several health issues and how to prevent
or manage such issues.

In the area of Education, the Organization has been able to sustain the monitoring of UBE
funds while still engaging the government on accountability and governance.

The Human Development could not have made these big feat without the support of its
committed donors, some of such partners includes the Ford Foundation, Mac Arthur
Foundation, USAID-SACE, ActionAid, Trusted Africa and Stanbic IBTC, MTN Foundation,
amongst others. We therefore appreciate companies, organizations and persons who have
supported us during the year, you have indeed proven to us that it takes a village to nurture a
child and in our work, you are building a generation of great and prosperous society devoid
of social and economic vulnerability.

2.0 INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND

Human Development Initiatives (HDI), established in 1997, is a leading not-for-profit, non-


governmental organization dedicated to serving vulnerable groups through social
development programmes that advance education for all and initiatives that promote equity,
justice, opportunities, transparency, accountability and civic participation in governance.

The 2019 annual report cuts across HDI’s focus and thematic areas of operations, ranging
from legal and psychosocial counseling of women; widows and adolescent, to life-skills and
empowerment programme; health intervention and information; research and publications,
governance and accountability.
3.0 ACTIVITIES

Various activities were carried out by the Organization. All touching on the core
objectives of the Organization.

4.0 EDUCATION GOVERNANCE

4.1 Universal Basic Education Funds Tracking project (supported by the MacArthur
Foundation).

The third year of the MacArthur foundation funding featured important project
activities aimed at ensuring that education’s goods and services are delivered to
schools in the right quality and quantities. Some of these activities are summarized
below:

Investigative Journalism Research:


HDI, in the bid to carry out an investigative journalism researched into 6 years of
UBE funds utilization in three locations, Kaduna, Lagos and Abuja. The investigative
journalism research was undertaken through advocacy, media productions, report
validation visits amongst others as detailed below:

Advocacy visits: Visits were conducted to important stakeholder groups including the
Universal Basic Education Commission, Federal Capital Territory and the Lagos State
Universal Basic Board (LSUBEB). The Organization also submitted the report of
monitoring activities on the LSUBEB 2016 and 2017 action plans with feedbacks
from the Board.

Sensitization program: Sensitization program was done during the period. The
Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board 2017 action plan was retrieved from the
Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Abuja. The action plan was then
simplified and made into a user-friendly version, printed and distributed to different
stakeholder groups and members of the HDI monitoring groups. These stakeholders
utilized them in tracking the implementation of UBE projects in their respective Local
Governments.

Media and monitors roundtable meetings: These meetings were held with Media
practitioners and Civil Society Organizations on charting a course forward for
education and education projects in Lagos State. The meeting featured Prints,
Electronic and New Media experts. Investigations on UBE projects in Lagos state
were carried out by these media organizations, which further aided the actualization
of our project goal.

Tweeting sessions: Two different tweeting sessions were organized within the period
under review. The session focused on highlighting reports of observations from the
field on LSUBEB and on promoting the Voice Out Mobile Application.

Media productions: Several productions were made such as, 3 radio jingles, 3 TV
jingles, 7 cartoon creations and 1 video documentary on success stories. Also, TV and
radio programs were engaged during the period to discuss on the state of Basic
Education in Lagos State and Nigeria at large while encouraging local stakeholders to
monitor and track basic education projects. Some of the major efforts of the project
were to encourage stakeholders to track and monitor UBE projects include the airing
of radio and TV jingles/campaigns produced in 3 different languages of English,
Yoruba and Pidgin. The creation of seven (7) different animation cartoons on the
issue of Basic Education and UBE projects further helped to sensitize stakeholders on
their roles in tracking UBE projects and ensuring school enrolment and retention for
all children of school age.

Report validation visits: In the course of monitoring the implementation of UBE


projects, reports that had been submitted needed to be verified on site. The HDI
project team therefore visited the respective project locations to confirm and validate
the monitors’ reports received so far and also observe the progress made and level of
work done at the respective sites.

Creation of reporting platforms: One of the targets of this project was to establish
complaint platforms through which issues of corruption can be reported. Based on
this, a WhatsApp and phone line platforms were created through which complaints
were received and appropriately responded to. A document, which serves as register
for all complaints and log of how such complaints were resolved was kept throughout
the project period. A Voice Out Mobile Application was created and placed on
Google Play store to further receive complaints. Till date, about 100 persons have
downloaded the mobile App and over 100 reports have been retrieved with about 45
of these being valid reports received through the application and taken up with
relevant authorities.

Training of SBMCs: The Organization in collaboration with the Lagos State


Universal Basic Education Board (LSUBEB) and The Education Partnership Centre
also conducted training for members of School-Based Management Committees
(SBMCs) in 9 Local Government Education Areas in Lagos State. The training was
focused on capacity building for selected SBMCs in the State. Some of the topics for
the training are; Community awareness and participation in school program, The roles
and responsibilities of SBMCs; School Development plan, Resource mobilization,
Utilization and accountability as well as Child participation and protection in the
school system. About one hundred (100) delegates were trained for the program.

Challenges:
Some of the challenges encountered in the implementation of these activities includes:
Government’s delayed response to requests for documents and a kind of subtle
suspicion. HDI was able to get through the maze of challenges by innovating around
them. While the State Universal Basic Education Board denied us of the action plans,
HDI made the same request to the Universal Basic Education Commission Abuja,
which gracefully released the action plan. Furthermore, HDI demonstrated her
commitment to transparency, accountability and good governance by sending timely
reports to SUBEB and carrying them along before going public with findings. This
timely feedback strategy helped to reduce suspicion by the parastatal.

4.2 Breaking Barriers: Tax Justice and Gender Responsive Public Service Project
The Human Development Initiatives in partnership with ActionAid Nigeria carried
out the Breaking Barrier project. The project is aimed to support targeted efforts at
increasing:
a. the SIZE of both national and states’ budgets through fair tax;
b. the SHARE of funds allocated to and spent on free, quality and inclusive education;
c. opening up education budget, policies and system for public SCRUTINY; and
d. ensuring that the budget, systems and policies are SENSITIVE to the rights and
needs of girls and marginalized children.

To achieve the above, the following activities were organized:

1) Trainings for selected School Based Management Committee (SBMC) members


on Social Audit.
The objective of this activity was to build the capacity of SMBC members to serve as
social auditors in the respective project schools and to deepen the understanding of
participants on their role in ensuring that the government provides quality and
accessible education to all children, especially girls and marginalized children. This
training was carried out in the 3 project Local Government (Epe, Badagry and
Alimosho). However, the need to create a social audit manual to further serve as a
guide to members of SBMC so as to ensure proper and effective monitoring of the
various project schools was identified, of which plans are ongoing towards the
production.

2) Training for stakeholders on tax and Gender Responsive Public Schools in


Lagos.
Another training was organized to create awareness among stakeholders on what
gender-responsive schools entails and to share the understanding of how tax can
support the delivery of gender-responsive schools in Lagos state. The training was
attended by 28 participants, of which 2 persons are physically impaired. The
participants were drawn from Lagos State Ministry of Education and Education
Districts, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Nigeria
Union of Teachers, CSACEFA, Activista Lagos, Public School principals and
teachers, Tax Justice Network, youth groups and media. At the end of the meeting, a
12-points Communique was developed to be used in subsequent engagements with
the state government. Participants also made commitment to organize advocacy visit
to the Lagos State Ministry of Education on training for all teachers to promote
gender-responsive schools in Lagos.

3) Sensitization Programs on Education Financing


Sensitization programs on education financing for girls’ club members and youth
groups were held in Alimosho, Epe and Badagry. This activity was designed to build
the capacity of the girls’ club and youth platforms to advocate for increased funding
for publicly funded education in order to drive the Sustainable Development Goals 4
(SDG4). Participants were introduced to international instruments on education
financing and right to education, which became a high note in the conversation with
the children during the meeting.

4) Stakeholders Engagement Meetings


Several meetings were held with Educational stakeholders in Lagos State which
comprises Lagos State Ministry of Education, Teachers, Lagos State Ministry of
Budget and Planning, National Union of Teachers (NUT), Media, Civil Society
Organizations (CSO’s) and other important stakeholders to review the “Breaking
Barrier, Tax Justice and Gender Responsive Public Service” Project activities towards
achieving a better outcome. Another of such meeting was held with selected
Ministries, which are instrumental to the implementation of the project (Ministry of
Finance, Education, Economic Planning and Budget, Justice). The objective of the
meeting was to share a common understanding of issues affecting public education in
line with breaking barriers and tax justice and gender responsive public service
project in Lagos State and to secure commitment of the participating Lagos State
Government stakeholders to give needed support towards achieving the project
objectives.

Worthy of note is that, some of the recommendations made at these meetings are
currently being monitored to ensure that necessary actions are taken by the respective
state government.

5) A strategic roundtable meeting with Newsroom managers


The aim of this activity was to achieve a better working relationship with the media
team towards the implementation of The Breaking Barrier and Tax Justice & Gender
Responses public services Project. The event had media representatives from the
Radio Nigeria (FRCN), The Punch, Vanguard Newspaper, The Nation, Rainbow F.M,
Eko FM, Naija Info FM, Galaxy TV and the Guardian in attendance. At the meeting,
previous media reports of project’s activities were reviewed in order to highlight some
of the key challenges faced and to identify better strategies for subsequent media
engagement and collaboration. At the end of the meeting, the team made commitment
to play their role effectively in ensuring the goal of the project is met.

6) Forum on progressive taxation in Lagos state


An intense conversation on progressive taxation in Lagos was organized to deepen the
understanding of stakeholders on Lagos State tax system and administration in
relation to the provision of gender responsive public service, to enable them
understand the concept of fair taxation and tax justice, and to propose solutions that
can be used to engage the state actors. Stakeholders from Lagos State Inland Revenue
Service (LIRS), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economic Budget and Planning,
Ministry of Education, Education Districts of Project locations, Nigeria Union of
Teachers (NUT), Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA)
and other CSOs, Tax Justice Networks, School Based Management Committee
(SBMC), Parents Forum (PF), Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board
(LSUBEB), and the media, who were in attendance developed a communique to be
used as a communication tool for engaging the government in ways to ensure fair
taxation is used to increase the size of the budget.

7) Citizens Forum/Town Hall meeting on the quality of education and Sensitization


on inclusive education for girls and other marginalized children.
This activity was conducted across the 3 project local government (Alimosho, Epe
and Badagry) to sensitize and mobilize community stakeholders to get involved in
ensuring inclusive public education for all children, especially girls and the
marginalized. It was designed to contribute to building a strong active movement of
communities and civil society that would effectively hold government to account for
the provision of free, quality and inclusive public education in Lagos State.
At the end, 260 community stakeholders comprising members of Community
Development Associations (CDAs), Parent Forum, School Based Management
Committee, teachers, traditional leaders, Local Government Education Authority, and
youths participated in the forums organized in the respective Project LGAs. The
draining effects of increasing privatization of education on their income generated so
much interest among them which made them see clear reasons to ensure that
government fulfill its obligations to provide access to quality, free and inclusive
public education. They were also led into a conversation on the level of quality of
education in their respective communities.

8) Global Action Week on Education (GAWE)


GAWE is an annual event to call the attention of government all over the world on
burning issues that violate the right of all children to education. Human Development
Initiatives (HDI) with the support of ActionAid Nigeria marked the 2019 Global
Action Week (GAWE) on Education themed “Making the Right of All Children to
Quality, Equitable, Free and Inclusive Education a Reality”. It was held between
24th April and 1st May 2019. As part of our effort to drum support for the realization
of SDG4 as contained in the 2019 theme, three (3) major activities were put together -
Live radio interviews, a tweet chat, and Advocacy and Sensitization Walk to the
Lagos State House of Assembly. The 2019 theme was developed to drive the
realization of SDG4. The objective of the event is to create awareness on and
mobilize citizens to demand for quality, equitable, free and inclusive education for all
children especially girls and marginalized as a matter of right and to get commitment
of the Lagos State Government to increase the share of funds allocated to and spent
on education. The engagement with the Lagos state government contributed to an
increase in the share of fund allocated to the education sector in Lagos State.

Engagements were also held towards advocating for increased support that would
enhance the quality of teachers’ education/training, social welfare; recruitment and
retention of passionate professional teachers in Lagos state public schools, in order to
attain better delivery of free, quality and inclusive education to all children especially
girls and the marginalized; and fashion out actionable solutions in breaking the
barriers to attaining the goal. A communique on sustaining funding for teaching
profession, stating issues identified as well as recommendation was developed by
representatives of all stakeholders present at the forum to be used as a tool for
engaging the government subsequently. Activities to ensure this is a reality are still
ongoing.

5.0 LEGAL AND WOMEN

5.1 HEALTH INTERVENTION PROGRAMME FOR WIDOWS

As part of Human Development Initiatives aim to actualize her objective, the health
intervention/screening programme was held on Saturday 26th of January 2019. The
exercise was held in collaboration with Mrs. Oluwafunke Awopegba, the CEO of
Funket Pharmacy in commemoration of her 60th Birthday and also with other health
professionals/consultants such as Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Sidolaf
Health Initiative/Pill Box, Polybonde Medical Centre/Adesola Hospital, El Elyon
Hospital, Greenlife Pharmaceuticals Limited, Vitabiotis Nigeria Limited, Mopson
Pharmaceuticals Limited, Emzor Pharmaceuticals Limited, Unique Pharmaceuticals
Limited, Elbee Pharmaceutical.
The objectives of the programme are to safeguard the reproductive health and rights
of widows; create a forum for health education on prevailing health challenges
affecting women; provide treatment of minor illness affecting the widows; and
counsel and enlighten on the importance of constant medical checkup.

The health intervention/screening was conducted for widows from different local
government areas, religious groups and associations in Lagos State. Health talk was
held touching on Rheumatism/Arthritis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Exercising, Eating
habit/balance diet among others. Health screening was also held which includes
physical body examination, laboratory tests and drugs were administered for minor
illness. Referrals to experts were made for other ailments.

The objectives of the program were achieved. One hundred and five (105) widows
benefited from it. Some of the challenges encountered include inadequacay of drugs
for major diseases, for instance, the drugs for hypertension and diabetes were not
sufficient for the number of women diagnosed with the health challenge.
Consequently, the women who could not get drugs were referred to hospitals and
encouraged to take their medications regularly.

5.2 LIFE-SKILLS TRAINING FOR WIDOWS IN LAGOS

The life-skills/cottage industry training for women was held from the 11th – 13th of
June, 2019. The training focused on building the capacity of vulnerable women,
particularly widows. In this part of the world, it was discovered that women are not
really empowered, as a result of the many cultural and socio-economic obstacles
which hinder their basic development as human beings. Research has shown that most
women in Nigeria have little or no education; are incapacitated or inhibited by several
cultural practices, more so if they are widows; they suffer unrelenting gender
discrimination, and are even treated as mere chattels to be inherited.

In response to this yearning need, Human Development Initiatives (HDI) conducted a


life skills/cottage industry training for 28 young widows in Lagos State. The aim of
the training is to empower women through enhancing their knowledge on business
management skills and life skills thereby improving their economic capacity and
contribution to sustainable national development. The training was voluntarily
supported by some of the HDI Staff who raised fund from their personal purse to
ensure that the training was a reality.

In categorizing those to be trained, young widows below the ages of 50 years old was
identified, while priority was given to those who are poor, unskilled and who have no
obvious means of income. The women were mobilized by HDI with the support of
leaders from the local government areas, religious organizations and other
associations.

The women were trained on the making of confectionaries (meat-pie, fish roll,
samosa, mosa, spring-roll, puff puff and egg-roll), healthy drinks (Hibiscus drink,
millet drink and Tabioka) and Art and Crafts (Use of traditional material that is
Ankara fabric, for making ties, hair bands, handbags, notebooks, slippers, sandals
among others). The women were also trained on business management skills (how to
generate revenue for business, manage funds from the business and the art of
advertising/marketing of business using ICT).

The 28 beneficiaries were able to put the skills learnt into practice which so they are
able to make sales thereby boosting the family income and improve their well-being,
and particularly the well-being of their children.

5.3 INTERNATIONAL WIDOWS’ DAY

Human Development Initiatives International Widows’ Day event was held on the
24th of June, 2019 in honour of all widows. The objective of this program is to
celebrate widowhood, motherhood and parenting. Mrs. Lara Williams, Chief
Responsibility Officer of Widows & Development Support Services, The Permanent
Secretary Ministry of Youths & Social Development Lagos State, Mrs. Bola Balogun
Guest of Honour, representatives from Local Government Areas, Ministry of
Education Lagos State graced the programme with their presence and made
presentations to encourage the participants.
The target beneficiaries are the widows in Lagos State. The Guest Speaker in her
speech encouraged all stakeholders present to join hands to support and promote
social economic empowerment of women in other to give them hope for the future
through poverty alleviation programs to help in solving their problems. She also
talked to the women on attitude and character; that they should be mindful of their
attitude so as not to lose sight of what they have worked for.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths & Social Development Lagos State
commended HDI for her contributions to the social economic development of widows
in the country, especially for the widows in Lagos State, she added that the Lagos
State administration is at its disposal to collaborate with HDI to further strengthen the
impact most especially in the life of the Nigerian Widows.

The products of the skills acquisition training held before the Widows’ Day event
were exhibited. Three hundred (300) widows attended the event. Relief materials and
gift items were given to all the widows
.
One major challenge during the programme was that the facility was not big enough
to accommodate the total number of women in attendance, because the was
overwhelming.

6.0 CHILDREN/ADOLESCENTS AND YOUTHS ACTIVITIES

6.1 LEADERSHIP TRAINING (GET GLOBAL)


Human Development Initiatives (HDI) organized her annual Leadership Training
Program for Teenagers as part of her strategy to prepare Nigerian youths for future
challenges and leadership responsibilities and thus play an active part in societal
development. The programme was held from the15th through to the19th of July,
2019. Most of the participants were beneficiaries of HDI-Education Trust Fund, who
had completed their secondary school education.
Some of the topics discussed during the programme were - “Building Positive
Character”, “Substance Abuse Among Adolescents” and “Digital and Social Media
Marketing”. The teenagers were trained on Art and Crafts (the use of traditional
fabrics; such as Ankara for the making of slippers, notebooks, ear-rings and bangles
among others).
A total number of thirty four (34) persons benefited from the program.

6.2 A DAY OUT WITH SPECIAL CHILDREN


On the 5th of September 2019, Human Development Initiatives-Education Trust Fund
organized her annual program tagged “A Day Out with Special Children” where
vulnerable students under the HDI-ETF scheme received educational materials for the
2019/2020 academic session.
It is the right of every child to be educated no matter his/her/ background or
circumstance. The HDI-ETF with support from MTN Nigeria, Office Land LTD, Sai
Rosa Foundation, FanMilk and WhyCross Prints, empowered 500 students who are
either children of orphans, widows’/widowers’ or children living with disabilities.
Education materials such as school bags, sandals, notebooks, textbooks, mathematical
set, school socks and writing materials were given to 500 beneficiaries. One of the
beneficiaries who is physically impaired was given a wheelchair. The beneficiaries
were encouraged to always be of good behaviour and excel in their academics. As an
organization, it is our aim to increase the number of beneficiaries from 500 persons to
1000 persons. Some of the beneficiaries expressed their appreciation to HDI for
giving them hope and the platform to compete with other children.

6.3 THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD


The International Day of the Girl Child is a yearly event designed to celebrate the girl
child and increase awareness in the society about the challenges the girl child is faced
with. Some of these challenges include access to education, child marriage, sexual
violence, gender inequality, access to sexual and reproductive health information
amongst others.

The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child is “GIRLFORCE:
UNSCRIPTED AND UNSTOPPABLE”. The Human Development Initiatives in
partnership with Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics organization
visited two (2) schools, which were Ajigbeda Junior High School, Surulere and Onike
Girls’ High School, Iwaya Road, all in Lagos state. The topic for discussion with the
students was “Empowering the Girl Child for a Brighter Tomorrow”.

The students were spoken to about goal setting, focus in life, self-esteem and sexual
abuse. They were reminded to say NO to sexual abuse, avoid it and also report it.
They were also reminded about the importance of the girl child to the family and the
society at large and how they should be protected. The students were also encouraged
to take up science and technology courses. At the end of the discussion, the students
were happy about the great knowledge and impact they had received.

A total number of 1140 students were impacted comprising of 640 students at Onike
Girls’ High School and 500 students at Ajigbeda Junior High School.

6.4 A DAY OUT WITH THE BOYS


A Day out with the Boys is an annual program held by the Human Development
Initiatives to celebrate boys and also to educate and enlighten them. In order to
complement HDI’s efforts, the school counsellors were also invited to help reinforce
the learnings within the school environment. The theme was “Boys Psycho-Social
Life: What you Need to Know”.
The students were educated on Drug Abuse, Contentment, Peer Pressure, Cultism and
Bullying, and Procrastination. Some of the highlights of the presentations were:

1. Being a man is not about violence, bullying or having girlfriends e.t.c


2. Joining a cult group or following bad friends will only do more harm than good.
3. Whenever you do the wrong thing(s), you take responsibility for your wrong
actions.
4. Do not procrastinate your work, if you need to do something, You Do It.
5. Be trustworthy and diligent.

The Teachers/Counsellors were not left out, as a different session was held with them.
The School Counsellors topic was “The Role of Counsellors in the Psychosocial
Development of Boys”. The Teachers were advised to:

1. Not to give up counseling the Boys despite the diverse situations/challenges they
face every day.
2. Teach the boy child just as much as the girl child. Teach boys on attaining
puberty. Educate them on how to go about it.
3. Boys should be allowed to pour out their hearts/emotions, instead of telling them
to bottle it all up, as they are men.
4. Accepting the students the way they are and taking them on a journey from bad to
good.
5. Show them empathy, put yourself in their shoes and work with them on that.
6. A counselor should be flexible and show self-awareness. Do not be dictatorial and
do not compare what you are going through with that of the students.

At the end of the session the children were encouraged to share whatever challenges
they are going through with their Counsellors who are in the position to help them
come out of it. The total numbers of students in attendance were 62 (Sixty-Two) and
18 Counsellors/Teachers.

6.5 SCHOOL VISITATION FOR HDI-EDUCATION TRUST FUND STUDENTS


IN LAGOS STATE
HDI-Education Trust Fund (ETF) is a scheme established for the sole purpose of
providing education support to the vulnerables in the society i.e. people with
disabilities, orphan, widow/widower children. Education is the main instrument used
by a society to preserve, maintain and upgrade its social equilibrium. The objective of
HDI-ETF is to offer quality educational support for students by providing school
uniforms, school bags and sandals, textbooks, stationeries, socks, cap/beret, tie,
registration fees for JSS/SSS 1 and other school support needed by the students to
acquire quality education.

ETF also helps parents to attain their objectives of providing sound education for the
above categories of children through a plan that is convenient and flexible with long
term benefits, it provides funds specially for the child’s education and the trust is
professionally set up and administered by a corporate trustee.
The scheme target persons with disability, orphans, widows/widower’s children who
attend Lagos State public school.

The HDI team visited seventy (70) schools (including nursery, primary, junior and
senior secondary schools). The purpose of the visitation was to check on the welfare
of the students, pay their registration and uniform fees, confirm their academic
performance and check the conditions of the books given to them.
During the course of the visit, we were exposed to some of the challenges that some
of the students are facing, such as low performance in academics as a result of poor
treatment/maltreatment from home, lack of books, unwanted pregnancy and lack of
aids materials for disabled persons (Typewriters, Braille, Cane guide e.t.c).

Following the report above, HDI has been able to buy books, school uniforms and
paid the secondary school examination certificate fees of these identified students
(children of orphans and widows and persons with disability) and provide aids to
disabled persons. Also, a one-on-one counseling session were held with the students
on sexual relationships, self-confidence, complacency and depression among others.

Feedback from beneficiaries and testimonials showed that the HDI-Education Trust
Fund has really helped a lot of students particularly those who lack the resources to
access quality education.

6.6 ASSEMBLY TALKS AND COUNSELLING


Since its inception, HDI has consistently seen to the mentoring and counseling of
youths across Lagos State through the School Outreach Program. At least a school is
visited every morning by one of HDI’s representatives to deliver talks on various
topics during the assembly period. These topics have been carefully selected and
tailored towards developing the psychosocial capacities of the children to guide them
against social vices. This is one of the channels through which HDI empowers young
people, and reduces vulnerability amongst them, which is strongly in line with HDI’s
vision.

In the last quarter of 2019, this program covered 13 schools (Primary and Secondary
Schools inclusive) across the Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA). About
3, 210 students were reached, that is (1,715 Boys + 1,495 Girls). The topics ranged
from Sexual Abuse, Reproductive Health Rights and Issues, Examination Ethics &
Malpractice amongst others. This School Outreach Program served as an avenue for
providing mobile counseling to the students, as most students opened up to HDI’s
representatives after the program.

Going forward, HDI aims to increase its coverage across Lagos State. The possibility
of organizing sessions with the students especially during their extracurricular activity
is in the pipeline. HDI intends to liaise with various stakeholders in the Education
Sector to ensure that students are massively enlightened on pertinent issues.

6.7 NACTAL ACTIVITIES


6.7.1. REPORT ON CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING WORKSHOP TO
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY ON RAISING AWARENESS ON TIP AND
SOM
Human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery involves the illegal trade of people
for exploitation or commercial gain. Trafficking in Person (TIP) and Smuggling of
Migrants (SOM) are two related yet distinct crimes as defined in the United Nations
convention on transnational organized crime and its protocols on trafficking in
persons and migrants smuggling. TIP is the acquisition of person(s) by improper
means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them, while SOM
involves the procurement for financial or other materials benefits of illegal entry of a
person into a state of which that person is not a national or resident. This workshop
was aimed at stemming the tides of these two dreaded crimes through awareness
creation with the first step of building the capacity of the participants.

The participants in attendance cut across stakeholders in the areas of TIP and SOM.
They include the major beneficiaries of the project: National Agency for Prohibition
of Trafficking In Person (NAPTIP), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria
Police Force (NPF) and NACTAL members. Other existing collaborating
organizations are:

1. The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)


2. The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies NANTA
3. Female Driver’s Association of Nigeria FEDAN
4. Nigeria Hoteliers Association (NHA) etc.

The aim of the workshop is basically to support the government of Nigeria on how to
fight trafficking through prevention, protection, partnership and policy making. He
emphasized that the main target is prevention.

The Honorable Minister for State, Ministry of Budget and National Planning and the
Director General of the Nigeria Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons
(NAPTIP), both expressed government’s willing to work with FIIAPP to ensure A-
TIPSOM project is successful. Members were urged to build a strong united and
equipped force against a common enemy, which is trafficking.

7.0 RESEARCH
Human Development Initiatives published 2 books:

a. A Training Handbook on Strengthening the Capacity of School Based


Management Committees for improved service Delivery in the Basic Education
Sub-Sector in Lagos State.

b. Report of Monitoring the Implementation of the year 2016 & 2017 Lagos SUBEB
Action Plans in Selected LGAs

8.0 PUBLIC EDUCATION

8.1 COLLABORATION WITH MEDIA


Partnership with Electronic and Print Media continued. Relationships with media
organizations were strengthened. Partners and professionals were given opportunity to
feature as guest speakers to discuss developmental issues on the stations. Some
programmes were presented live with the opportunity for callers to ask questions on
issues of governance while others were recorded. In year 2019, HDI recorded 101
media mentions from Print, Electronic and Online Media. HDI had the opportunity to
assess the success of the collaboration from the positive feedback received from
listeners and the increased number of people who visited the website after listening to
the programmes. Some of the media organizations are: The Guardian, The Punch,
STV, Galaxy TV, NTA Channel 10, The Nation Newspaper, MITV, Radio One FM,
Radio Lagos, Eko FM, Nigeria Info, Bond Fm, Unilag TV/FM, NAN.

8.2 WEBSITE
The website www.hdinigeria.org was revamped this year to make it more user-
friendly. The media and communication officer ensures that the optimization of the
site is done every week. The webpage incorporates information on the activities of the
organization. HDI also developed Mobile Application called “VoiceOut” where
citizens can report UBE projects, Abuse Cases, Human/Child Trafficking and other
issues.

8.3 PUBLICATION: NEWSLETTER


The regular in-house monthly E-newsletter was sent out through Mail chimp to all
HDI contact. The Repro-Mat contains activities of the organization. It is enriched with
articles on developmental issues.