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Saturday, May 27, 2023

Advocating for the Removal of Traditional Barriers to Girl Child Education.

Advocating for the Removal of Traditional Barriers to Girl Child Education. 

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 Problem statement

The number of girls with chronic needs in education is high across Nasarawa state. Nearly 60% of school-age children (especially girls) of secondary school age are not attending school. They are disproportionally affected by traditional barriers. 

Girls have continued to be excluded, they have limited autonomy and face pervasive barriers including early marriage, corporal punishment, harmful traditional practices, sexual abuse and exploitation, domestic violence, and sexual harassment, the culture of marrying out the girl early as tied to religion makes school enrolment difficult and low for the girls. This is what the project is set out to address.

Project Objectives:

1). To Strengthen the capacity of staff of implementing organisations to sharpen advocacy, M&E, and organizational management skill set by January 2023 to support the advocacy on girl child school enrolment in Nasarawa state.

2). To Build an alliance with CSOs and networks by March 2023 to co-lead advocacy for the removal of traditional practices for improved enrolment and retention of girls in public primary and secondary schools in Nasarawa state.

3). To get the commitment of traditional institutions to remove traditional practices and barriers impeding girl child education in Nasarawa state.

    Project pictures from the implementation activities conducted in Nasarawa state.

Courtesy visit to key influencers and traditional rulers - The Sangari Shabu made a pronouncement directing parents to be gender sensitive in ward/children's education. and endeared government to increase political will towards granting free education to children in Nasarwa state

Courtesy visit to the traditional ruler of Migili chiefdom, The Zhe Migili for increased support towards removing traditional barriers affecting girl child education. 

            icad@2023...visit to the Migili chiefdom Nasarawa South Senatorial District.
icad@2023...visit to the Sangari Shabu Lafia North Senatorial district of Nasarawa state

    icad@2023... Participants at the Participatory Reflection and Review Process for Stakeholders to review peculiarities of traditional barriers in Nasarawa state and how it affects the Girl Child.   


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Thursday, September 22, 2022

What the Future Wants Organised by ICAD Nigeria.

 What the Future Wants 

A digital project for young persons' 




what the future wants exhibition had been an interactive youth-focused exhibition that show the young persons in Jos Nigeria different perspectives about technology ranging from personal to political, and to planetary discussions. 

Many visitors to the stand engaged with what the exhibition had to offer and curiously obtained first hand information on how their digital wares is devious by design. Youths can now understand why they are always glued to their phones and handheld devices. 

Hello Friend!

Do you care to listen? Does your phone irritate you?

Gentle-like a dove or radiating colours like the peacock are all characteristics attributed to  animals.

Reflect on your relationship with your device  

How does your phone makes you feel? How is it holding you to constantly donate your time to it?

Young people at the exhibition discovered how their phone interacts with them, how best to use the phones and lots more about their digital life.

"I cannot do without my phone for a day" says Vivian 

She has certainly learnt how best to balance her time, digital life including digital security and privacy during the exhibition.  


Friday, September 16, 2022

what the Future wants



The International Center for Accelerated Development (ICAD) is hosting the What the Future Wants Exhibition at the National Library Jos (Nigeria).

What the Future Wants is a youth initiative from Tactical Tech that aims to put young people in the driving seat of their digital futures through education, co-creation, and capacity building.

Young people grow up in an environment that is increasingly driven by and dependent upon digital technologies. Their social, learning, and play spaces are being encroached upon by ubiquitous technologies so that the divide between public and private, online and offline is being eroded. At a time of crucial development, this leaves them exposed to a unique set of challenges, such as tech habits and addiction, information pollution, algorithms and discrimination, and data surveillance.

What the Future Wants seeks to define and address these challenges alongside young people and those that support them. Through research, educational curricula, and creative interventions, we will work towards increasing the data literacy of the next generation so that they can think critically and proactively about the digital environment they want to live in now and in the future from Tactical Tech that aims to put young people in the driving seat of their digital futures through education, co-creation and capacity building.

Friday, September 16, 2022 – Thursday, September 22, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The National Library
12A Yakubu Gowon Way, 930104, Jos, Nigéria
Jos, Nigeria

Thursday, July 23, 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

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Promoting Gender Equality amongst Indigenous Women in Nigeria