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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

Sunday, January 8, 2017

International Youth Day 2015 in perspective.


2015 wasn’t just a year; it was a unique opportunity to change our future and a time to act. 
In 2015, world leaders had the opportunity to make historic progress on the greatest challenges of our time. Two global processes – defining a new UN development framework and climate agreement – culminated within months of each other at the end of 2015. World leaders will be deciding – for good or for bad – the future for people and the planet. At that instance, people must demand that leaders adopt new policies that are ambitious and hence we will hold them accountable to their commitments.

We know what we can do to end extreme poverty, hunger, and needless suffering. We can build a world community that provides all its citizens the equal right to live their lives to the fullest – without harming the planet.
Whether we choose to Gender Equality;
            Whether we choose to end poverty;
            Whether we chose to climate justice;

action/2015 Campaign:

The action/2015 campaign was formed to demand change and work to ensure world leaders adopt truly ambitious goals and agreements on climate change, poverty, inequality, and injustice. action/2015 was a platform to build a groundswell of public pressure and ensure action is taken to deliver transformational change.

Since July 2014, nearly 300 organisations from around the world have come together behind the global campaign, and more continue to join. More than 35 national-level action/2015 coalition campaigns were formed - the majority in countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. action/2015 members come from both the development and climate sectors.

The campaign has already been brought to the attention of Ban Ki-moon and other leaders through a call to action printed in newspapers across the world on Nelson Mandela’s birthday and signed by GracaMachel, MalalaYousafzai, Desmond Tutu, Bono, Mohammed Yunis and Mo Ibrahim

it will mobilize around key moments pegged to critical milestones to increase pressure on decision makers. Such as the Financing for Development Summit; UNGA Leaders Summit; and UNFCCC Paris:

In September 2015, and in parallel to the campaign, Project Everyone - a huge push by business, creative industries, and civil society, will broadcast to the world the goals and agreements that world leaders have committed in an effort to raise public awareness.  

Towards this end, ICAD was funded to mobilize and increase pressure on our leaders to attend the Financing for Development conference in Addis.

ICAD had 5 objectives to accomplish:
 To host advocacy party/meeting for finance ministers (incoming/outgoing) and MPs to demand that government make clear plans to fund sustainable future
To Demonstrate and create awareness with a view to Increase action2015 campaign visibility with women and out of school youths; 
To conduct Action2015 Rally for Financing Future Development with in-school youth
To generate media coverage about  action/2015 through National Press Conference; 
To mobilize 10000 youths in a rally to mark the International Youth Day/Media Outreach on 101.5 FM

 ICAD had a successful outcome in the project:
Selected members of the coalition visited the permanent secretary Federal  ministry of finance in Abuja (though No minister of Finance was appointed at this time due to regime change, the pressure paid off) and registered a letter requesting for an advocacy visit. Due to the pressure by the coalition, it enhanced the attendance by the Vice president (Professor Y. Osinanjo) to FfD conference in Addis Ababa. 

Over 2,026 women, children and out of school youths were mobilized and demonstrated their support for Action2015's finance future development campaign. The activities were conducted in a church community were the women are holding their annual convention and the children massively mobilized to speak to parents and stakeholders.
The event mobilized and enlightened about 2500 participants. This number includes Students, Teachers, Media Organisations, NGOs, Community leaders, Opinion leaders, Youth leaders and women group

Improved networking for about 50 Civil Society Organizations and relevant agencies that participated and got co-opted into the campaign process. Wider reach (10000 people via media circulation of the press release). Value-added information about the opportunities and risks at stake in 2015. Amplified endorsement of action/2015’s objectives.

Youth groups came together to hear from high caliber government functionaries and policy makers (including the governor of Plateau state) on their commitment towards ending poverty, inequality and climate change In line with upcoming meeting of world leaders for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Mitigating Climate Change through tree planting.

coordinators of the first tree planting academy in Jos.

International Center for Accelerated Development (ICAD) hosted a one Day Plant for the Planet Academy (1st Tree Planting Academy in Nigeria) on the 28th February 2013 at the Infant Jesus Academy Rukuba Road Jos, Plateau State Nigeria.  Plant-for-the-Planet was founded 2007 by the then nine years old Felix Finkbeiner with an aim to planting one Million trees in each country of the world as a sign for climate justice. In Germany the millionths tree was planted in 2010 and children in more than 91 countries are exalted by the idea. Already 2260 children were exercised as ambassadors.

ICAD brought together children age 10 to 12 for an opportunity to learn important facts about the causes and effects of the climate crisis and to become peer educators, these trained children become educated as ambassadors for climate justice and are members of a worldwide network of committed children.

During the academy the children planted their first trees and organised their own events to sensitize other children and adults on climate justice topics and to motivated them to get involved with it as well. All educated ambassadors for climate justice got large information and background materials. The first ever Academy was a 1-day event with 55 of the 60 invited children from 10 schools participated at the event.

With a regular donation you can help us to be sustainable in the long term, to plant trees and to expand our work. We can achieve a lot even with small donations! Every Euro, Naira or Dollar  counts - and every donation brings us closer to achieving our goals. Thank you for your contribution! ICAD Accounts details: 
Bank: ECOBANK Transnational  Incorporated
Account name International Center for Accelerated Development

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342020440Current AccountNGN
342022585Current AccountGBP
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