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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Voices of Women


 The voice of Women is a program deliberately put together by the African International Documentary Festival foundation, Conversation for Change and other collaborating partners such as the Ministry of Women affairs, International Center for Accelerated Development and Di Kwadolu Indigenous Women and the African Union ECOSOCC to advance the cause of the woman in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.

It has been discussed in different fora how women had been suffering neglect over the years in different aspect of life endeavour and have come to the realization that no one will ease their sufferings should they fail to deliberately act and take measures that will better their lot.

The program is intended to identify the achievements of women in Nigeria and their contemporaries in Africa, speak to growing women about career path and mentorship. Women who have made it to the echelon of their career are believed to be in a better position to give direction and mentorship to upcoming young women and the indigenous women.

 The ‘Voice of Women” project is to bring the realization that older women who have made it in society should provide voice for the rest of the women with special focus on – indigenous women, women with special needs, physically challenged women and girls,  and women generally that are opting for carrier change. The invited speakers are high societal women occupying positions of authority in government, private sector and the NGOs; they are in a better place to provide guidance and voice to the rest of the women.

Gender Mainstreaming training - Obollo, Enugu Nigeria

30 selected Indigenous women and men of Ajorogwu were trained on Gender mainstreaming  information documentation and storage in line with the AYNI fund -FIMI supported project on promoting gender equality among the women of Ajorogu.
The participants were selected based on the ability to read and write largely because the action plan is for the trained participants to make meaningful impact in the community policy making organ.  Based on permission obtained from FIMI, men were included in this training which were originally prepared for women. This step was taken based on the lesson learnt from the previous gender equality training  were the women highlighted that for the project to achieve the desired objectives, their men should be part of the training so that  they are better informed thus creating the enabling environment for implementation

   GENDER-SENSITIVE LANGUAGE – must be equal. Applies to forms, documents, adverts, films, posters, choice of images. Eg MTN “mama na boy” – this advertisement by a mobile network “MTN” is not gender sensitive. It tends to show that it has bias for the male child and that the male child is more important than the girl child. It showed the delivery of a baby and a seeming announcement of the arrival of a “baby BOY” thus brightening the face of a father who had 3 girls previously.
  Gender-specific data collection – collect, analyze and present by gender. That all data collected should show sensibility in dis-aggregation. It should account for how many boys or men and how many girls or women captured by the data.
   Equal access to and utilization of services – services and products accessed as to their different effects on women and men. Access to social services in the community should not be made stringent for the women and girls in favour of the men or vise versa.
  Men and women are equally involved in decision making. Women should not be excluded when it comes to decision making, the training has brought out the best in the men who agreed more that women inclusion in the decision making process will help move the wheel of progress faster in contemporary times.
   Equal treatment is integrated into steering processes. The rules should not be bent to suite any particular gender because of the smilingly wrong notion that it is only the opinion of men that counts in governance of the community.

On issue of information gathering, the participants had identified the need for information gathering, they agree that:
-        Information helps them know what is happening around them
-       Help them identify which news if true or fake                                                                        Information helps leaders to rule well. They cannot rule if they are not well informed -            Information helps the ruled and the rulers relates very well. 
And  that in the time past, their community had a way of gathering information and documenting such as:
-          Town criers
-          Group discussion
-          Print media such as text book, journal, newspapers
-          Electronic media such as radio and Tv
-          Diary
-          Note books
-          Natural event that occur at a specific period e.g. Okorokpo,  Igwurube  season
-          “marks on the wall”
-          “Ego eyori” Cowries counting
       Planting of trees to mark an event

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Gender Equality Training

Monday, January 9, 2017


INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT: NGO OF THE MONTH - February - International Centre...: REFLECTION OF BEING THE NGO OF THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY ICADNG is a community organization based in Nigeria that seeks to promote effective ...

NGO OF THE MONTH - February - International Centre for Accelerated Development, Nigeria (ICADNG)


ICADNG is a community organization based in Nigeria that seeks to promote effective development in the community especially with a focus on the youth and women. It does so by improving the health and socio-economic status of women, children and the youth through initiatives in the areas of health, ICT, human rights and gender. 

Besides these initiatives, ICADNG also conducts research in the community and documents related needs of communities so as to implement relevant intervention programs to effect community development, mobilize resources and reduce poverty in the community. As such ICADNG has had various projects in the past in the areas of Gender Development, Information Communication for Rural Development, Human Rights initiatives among other projects in the community. 
Under Climate Change, they hold tree planting academies in the community where they bring a community of children, volunteers, members of the press and other stakeholders together to plant trees and set a practical example to the children on the importance of conserving the environment.

Below is a report of ICADNG’s 2nd and 3rd Tree Planting Academies in Nigeria.

International Center for Accelerated Development conducted her 2nd and 3rd tree planting academies in Jos Plateau state. It was a fun filled academy that took the shape of workshop, expositions and cultural display of different heritage and tree planting party.
Children representing different primary schools in the tree planting
 academy pose for the press to remember the day they were trained
 as climate ambassadors.
The 2nd tree planting academy took place on the 23rd of November 2013 at the St. Peter’s parish Kabong Jos with ninety eight (98) participants from ten (10) schools. The schools in attendance include:
Millennium private school Jos
Command secondary school Jos
Daisy land divine academy
Valley Pride Private school
Royal rangers academy
Effective Private school
Global international 
Mariam kindergarten
Timtop academy
Beethoven’s college

The academy took place inside the St. Peter’s church with many dignitaries witnessing the opening ceremony including Priest, members of the media, the academia and parishioners who had come to lend support to their children and learn one or two things about climate change.

Critical thinking and group work stage during the word
café. A period to examine who are the carbon emitters
Chukwunonso Ozokolie  -whose discipline is Agricultural engineering helped the children to landscape and  map out locations for planting while volunteers Calistus, Daniel, Charles and George supported the children to dig the soil. The event was supported by Golden Penny mobile kitchen which prepared the meal that the children ate. Volunteers Christy, Ann, Grace and Francisca prepared a sumptuous meal of noodles and pasta for the children. The mobile kitchen also provided music and table water and juice for the children while they planted; it was a fun packed event under the hot sun. The children sang and danced, they also formed a slogan with the theme “stop talking start planting” “if you must cut down one tree, then plant three” Miss Ruth Daniel presented the action plans derived from the word game and café held in thematic sessions while Miss Chiwendu Ogudiegwu presented the rhetorics.   

ICAD staff and volunteers supporting climate justice ambassador to plant well

A total of one hundred and twenty trees and flower seedlings of different varieties were planted including forest trees, Melina, pine, economic trees like orange, pawpaw, mango and pear trees and flowers. Each of the children made a promise to plant at least one tree and nurture it until the tree survived and can carry on by itself; they planted one tree/flower within the premises and took one seedling back to their schools for planting.

Welcome our newest climate justice

The occasion was witnessed by the Nigerian television Authority, plateau radio television cooperation and two print Medias – Development times and the National Guide newspaper.

children working hard to draw up action plan for
future implementation in their schools.
It was fun again on the 5th of December 2013 when schools gathered for cultural heritage and tree planting at the Fatima private school Jos. This event was spectacular as many of the children showcased their culture, their kind of dance, food, drinks and trees that grow around their area. About one hundred and twenty children participated in this cultural carnival that brought together rich cultural diversity of people from different backgrounds including Cameroonians, Guineans and Benin republic.
Our Lady of Fatima Private hosted the event with ten other schools in attendance for the epoch making event these schools as follows:


        Fatima Private school Jos
        St. Theresa Girls school
        St. Louise College
        Township Primary school
        Government Day Secondary school Township
        Methodist high school
        Local Education Authority primary school Bukuru park Jos
        St. Paul’s Academy
        Nurture academy

        Mariam Memorial Academy

Climate justice ambassador planting one
of the variety of trees
The event was witnessed by many dignitaries including the revered “Eze Igbo 1” of Jos, high level government officials and members of the paramilitary. Each ethic group from different schools appeared in their cultural attire and converged in their ‘village’ – a make shift hut which symbolizes the village where they come from. In this hut, cultural items, food and clothing, trees which are found in the locality are symbolically placed in and around the hut for visitors to view.

Participants being supervised to ensure that get it right
in their bid to draw a workable action plan for
public presentation

All the participants danced in a match past -  cultural group by cultural group, after which, dignitaries visited each village were the paramount ruler (an elder) explains what the culture of the people were, their kind of food and where they originated from, the kind of trees found in their areas and its significance. It was an outdoor event because of the size of participants and schools. There was an unusual  high number of children given the magnitude of the event, this eventually prevented the use of slide to teach the lessons  of climate change, gaseous emissions and its effect on the human race although that was mentioned in the presentation and visitation of different huts.

New climate justice ambassadors rejoicing upon
 graduation from the academy.

One other impact of the occasion was that the carnival allowed only for symbolic planting of few trees around the huts to symbolically show what tree does well in what community. Economic trees such as pawpaw (Carica Papaya), orange (Citrus) were planted while Cactus tree which is most common in Jos due to the cold nature and because many homes in Jos use it as means to fence their  houses. Wild forest trees were also planted. The children made a promise to plant trees in their various schools when they resume from the Christmas break with a hope that it would rain then. Their materials had not arrived at the time of the event as such they were told it would be given to them later.

Climate Justice Ambassador Miss Ruth
Daniels asking the older one to stop talking and start planting

International Youth Day organised by NAYD and Partners at the Hillstation Hotel JOS, NIGERIA August 2015

More on the international Youth Day as written on Inspire by

International Youth Day began with a radio program at the 101.5 Unity FM studio Rayfield Jos. NAYD and her partners were at the studio to discuss the IYD and imperatives of Action2015 SDGs. It featured discussions and phone-in session to answer the public's questions about International Youth Day.

There was a Rally from Hillstation through the streets of Jos and environs, the rally featured procession and stunts and was facilitated by the Afizere cultural dance group and the National Youth Service Corps Marshal Band, the boys brigade and the boys scout.

UN Volunteer and CEO Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN) Barr. Nkiru Nnaemgo presented a paper entitled “Youth Power in Nation building and sustainable Development”, She charged the youth to use this moment of action to show their strength in bringing about elimination of poverty, inequality and climate change. Eminent scholars engaged in  panel discussion on the essence of #Youthpower in nation building and sustainable Development in line with the new SDGs. This was anchored by Professor Istifanus Dafwang – The Resident Electoral Commissioner Benue state and Dr. Chidiebere Maduka of the National Open University of Nigeria, Mr. M.D Vincent of the National Orientation Agency and Nnadi Kevin Executive Director ICAD) espoused scholarly opinions on youth movement and strength of a nation .

Youth representative at the rally
Key note address was delivered by The Executive Governor of Plateau state Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong Represented by Mrs. Docars Dim – Permanent secretary Ministry of Youth Development Plateau state, stated that the slogan for 2015 – Youth and civic engagement is apt considering the times we are in, knowing that youth is an experience that may shape an individual’s level of dependence which can be in various ways according to different cultural perspective.

A group of youth at the rally

Goodwill messages was delivered by different partners including the commander Special Task Force (Operation Safe Haven) Jos represented by Brigadier-General H. Magaji, Fresh&Young Brains Development Initiatives, Eagle Eyes Charity Initiative, Youth Advocacy for Justice and Transparency Foundation, Plant for the Planet foundation Climate Justice Ambassadors, National Youth Service Corps, Afizere Cultural Association, Boys brigade and Boys scout Nigeria.

Afizere asha rua dancers at the occasion 

International Youth Day 2016


The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.

Sustainable consumption entails the use of products and services that meet the basic needs of communities while safeguarding the needs of future generations.

The development and promotion of individual choices and actions that increase the eco-efficiency of consumption of all and minimize waste and pollution is critical to achieving equitable socioeconomic development. 
World Cafe session to identify polluters of environment

International Center for Accelerated Development, Child Protection and Food security sector of IRC and Plant for the planet foundation Germany marked the day with Tree party. The tree planting academy held at Mubi with over 80 in-schools participants planting economic trees that guarantees sustained livelihood. 

Young people making positive change happen across the world are not alone #YouthPower #YouthDay