Open Call for participation at the IBADAN edition of AREAi’s ESD Youth Leadership Training 

We are pleased to call for nominations for participation or expression of interest from Young People interested in Sustainability and/or has experience working around any of the thematic pillars of Education for Sustainable Development. Priority will be given to young people who are existing educators of ESD and/or those who are willing to build their capacities as practitioners, policymakers, experts and stakeholders of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).  

Join us on Thursday 24th of August, 2017 for the A ONE DAY CAPACITY BILDING WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH EDUCATORS/TRAINERS in IBADAN Nigeria to activate three priority areas in the UNESCO GAP; transforming learning and learning environment, building capacities for educators and trainers and mobilizing/empowering youth. 

As future ESD Trainers,participants will be provided with adequate resources to facilitate the understanding of Sustainability in all aspects of learning and all forms of education.

To nominate a young person or express interest in participation, kindly send a mail to areai4africa@gmail.com.

Limited slots available:30 Youth Educators only. Lets expand the frontiers of #ESD.

Scaling ESD Action through Youth Mobilization: Educator from Crownfield Development Consult trains Students and Teachers.  

​The acronym “ESD” which means Education for Sustainable Development has continually generated interests across fields and sectors with the much revered role of Education in achieving the Sustainability in the development context. It’s becoming increasingly evident that Sustainable Development comes through Quality Education, the form of education, either formal,non-formal or informal, that fosters creativity in young people, encourages and equips them to become creative thinkers and problem solvers in their immediate local communities by providing sustainable solutions to pressing challenges.

Having trained 30 youth educators and organizational heads in Lagos, Nigeria in March 2017, #AREAi is advancing the processes to scale ESD Action through Youth Mobilization which is a step further towards Achieving Peaceful and Sustainable Societies using Education.

One of the youth leaders, Tobi Olaitan of Crownfield Development Consult recently organized two successful step down events in the City of Abuja with each of the workshops attracting two diverging populations. The first had in attendance a total of 28 young people (18 females and 10 males) comprising of both the regular students and orphaned students (from the Hope for Survival Orphanage, Gishiri) of Melchizedek Academy, Gishiri, in the 7-16 age group while the other had in attendance 16 teachers from the LEA Primary School Gishiri. 

Both events was hinged on teachings that revolves around what Sustainable Development means, The Sustainable Development Goals, What Education for Sustainable Development means, The Key Competencies for Sustainability, and one of the thematic areas under ESD (Sustainable Lifestyle).

If more young people can be presented with adequate SUSTAINABILITY awareness and empowerment resources, they would be able to drive the change that Sustainability Education brings for fostering the development of competent citizens who would be committed to sustainable societal progress, economic viability and environmental protection.

#AREAi4ESD #AREAi4Africa #ESD #ESDMatters 

​Scaling ESD Action through Youth Mobilization: Cascade of Educator Trainings begins from Iranwo Foundation

Recently, Miss Oluwafunmilayo Ayobami of Iranwo Foundation, one of the 30 Youth Educators who participated in our inaugural ESD Young Leaders in Lagos, organized a step-it-down event to further empower other young leaders in developing skills and knowledge for Sustainable Development. This came as part of fulfilling one of the requirements meted out as part of participatory obligations for the workshop earlier organized and conducted. 

The Workshop as organized by Iranwo Foundation was attended by organizational heads from various youth led organizations in Ogun State who are expanding the frontiers of sustainability in their various capacities. Various modules ranging from Communication, ESD Leadership, Visioning and Team Building were discussed. 

Report from the event shows that discussions made were geared towards strengthen youth engagement and harness the demographic dividend and potential of youth in actualizing the Global Goal 4, especially the SDG4.7

We are excited with the results yielded from our daily efforts in mobilizing and empowering youth towards taking action to bridge the gap between education and sustainability. We remain committed to ensuring Education serves it’s holistic purpose of building active and conscientious citizens who are abreast of prevailing circumstances with the needed skills to develop sustainable solutions in making the world a better place. 

AREAi hosts Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Training for 30 Youth Educators in Lagos Nigeria

On Sat​urday 25th of March 2017, AID  FOR  RURAL EDUCATION  ACCESS  INITIATIVE  (AREAi) hosted a Capacity  Building Workshop to empower youth  educators and trainers from youth-led organizations on Education  for  Sustainable Development  (ESD).  A  total  of 30 Youth Educators from 24  different organizations,  in the 18-35  age group, all of whom are passionate  about sustainability issues and are  already working as active leaders  in sustainable development in their communities,attended the  comprehensive capacitybuilding  leadership training on ESD which  was  organized in partnership with  All  Nigerian United Nations Student and Youth Association (ANUNSA), University  of  Lagos. The Workshop was conducted as  a  concluding phase of  the UNESCO  ESD Leadership  Training UNESCO GAP PN4 Flagship Project which  aimed  at  training  ESD  Leaders who will  be multipliers, conducting ESD  workshops  in  their communities and regions  across the world,and as  well  as  building a network  of  ESD  Young  Leaders.  The event with the Theme “Youth Expanding the Frontiers  of  Education  for  Sustainable Development“engaged the  Youth Educators on practical ways they can champion the advancement of ESD  through formal and informal settings most  particularly through the work  of  their organizations at  the grassroots.  From  Film Screening to  Case Studies and Experiential  Learning Exercises on Sustainability Issues focused on Climate Change/Environmental  Conversation,  Peace  and Intercultural Dialogue,  Global Citizenship Education  and Sustainable Lifestyles, lessons were  drawn from  the  core  fundamental modules of  ESD Leadership, SDG Action  and Communications/Facilitation  using Videos  and Power Point Files  from  the  Nairobi  Workshop. 

 The  First  Module on  ESD Leadership  gave the participants  the  opportunity  to  share  their different contextual and general  understanding  of  ESD  and the  approaches  they  have deployed/are  deploying  in  facilitation.  They  were  intimated on how  to educate for Sustainable development with emphasis  on the priorities  for  ESD as  well  as  the  ESD Competencies for  learners  and trainers.   The  SDG Action Session,which  was  introduced with a  Short  Video  Narrative  on the  Transition from  MDGs  to  SDGs,  was the  most  interactive  as the  participants  took  an online  test  via  www.17goals.org  to concretize  their  knowledge about  the  SDGs. Using the  stretch  mode of  facilitation, the participants  equipped with  the requisite capacities  and  knowledge  required to  drive local implementation of  the Sustainable Development  Goals. Sharing  success  stories, case  studies and best  practices, the Host, Prince  Olanrewaju  Gideon Seun  introduced  the  A-S-A-P Model of  Social  Change  which revolves  around raising awareness,  creating  service  projects, conducting  advocacy cammpaigns to promote accountability  and expressing  philanthropic  gestures  to  deliver  on the targets  of  the  Global  Goals. 

 To  add  practicality, the  Youth Educators  were  each implored to  pick  one  of  the  17  goals  that  aligns  with  their  passion/interest  and then  design  a project  to drive its  actualization. Different ideas  were  shared with  core  discussions  on project design, needs  mapping, visioning,  volunteering,  resource  mobilization, monitoring  and evaluation and many  more  important  aspects  of  social  good. The  Workshop  ended  with  the Communication/Facilitation  module  as  the  participants  engaged in  an  Activity  posed at establishing their  different facilitation  styles. The  whole  event lasted  for  Four  Hours  and ended on a high note with photograph and networking sessions.  

At  the end of  the  workshop, many  of  the  participants  expressed their  willingness  to  host follow-up  events to  further  train other  Young Leaders  and/or  Cluster  of  young children between the  ages  of  7 and 16 based on all  they  learnt at  the  event.  This  was  stipulated as part  of  the  criteria  for  participation  at the  Workshop  when the  Call  for  Applications was made.   Based on the  reflections we  had  at the  end of  each  of  the  three  Sessions, it  became  vividly evident  that Young people,  when presented  with  capacity  building  opportunities, are enthusiastic and ready  to  lead change  for  Education to  fulfil  its  economic role of  building competent citizens who are empowered to live and lead a sustainable future.  

Also in attendance at the workshop are: Jennifer Uchendu of Sustyvibes who falicitated a session on Environmentalism as well Omole Olumuyiwa (Executive Director, AREAi) and Odanye Kehinde (Program Director, Skills for Life Drive).

Call for Applications and Expression of Interest to the ONE DAY CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH EDUCATORS/TRAINERS ON Education for Sustainable Development

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In a bid to generate and scale up ESD action to accelerate progress towards sustainable development, we will be hosting A ONE DAY CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH EDUCATORS/TRAINERS in Lagos Nigeria. This Workshop which is coming as a follow up to our participation at the UNESCO-WWF ESD Young Leaders Training in Nairobi Kenya will be activating 3 Priority action areas for Global Action Programme on ESD; transforming learning and learning environment, building capacities for educators and trainers and mobilizing/empowering youth.

We are pleased to call for nominations for participation or expression of interest from Young People interested in Sustainability and/or has experience working around any of the thematic pillars of Education for Sustainable Development. Priority will be given to young people who are existing educators of ESD and/or those who are willing to build their capacities as practitioners, policymakers, experts and stakeholders of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The Trained youth will have the opportunity to serve as Educators and Trainers on Sustainability issues and thematic pillars in their localities through independently organized events.

Besides the issuance of ESD Trainer Certification and opportunities to participate in other ESD Capacity Building workshops,they will be provided with adequate resources to facilitate the understanding of Sustainability in all aspects of learning and all forms of education.

To nominate a young person or express interest in participation, kindly send a mail to areai4africa@gmail.com. Limited slots available:30 Youth Educators only.

Lets expand the frontiers of #ESD

AREAi Chief Executive Director joins other outstanding African Young Leaders at the UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Young Leaders Workshop in Nairobi Kenya.

We are excited about our Chief Executive Director’s participation in The Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Youth Leaders Training/Workshop organized by the WWF Regional Office for Africa in partnership with UNESCO Secretariat, Paris France which was held in Amber Hotel,Ngong in Nairobi Kenya from February 16th to 18th 2017.

The workshop which converged top ESD Youth Leaders from Madagascar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire who have made impacts in their contexts towards achieving Education for Sustainable Development and Sustainability was designed around building a vibrant network of youth actors who will advance awareness and ensure implementation of the Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development which was adopted after the end of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

Over the course of the the workshop,three key thematic focuses formed the basis of engagement between the young leaders and the trainers. Firstly, the deep interpretation of the role of young people in the implementation of the 17 sustainable development goals. There was deliberations on the need for young people to rethink their leadership model. Speaking across different modules and sessions, Abel Titi from United Nations University Institue for the Advanced Study of Sustainability and Julie Saito from UNESCO Office, Paris empathized that young people are invited to go beyond their comfort zones, develop ethical leadership and sustainability. This new type of leadership must lead young people to be more emphatic, to develop a new system of thought and, above all, to become “radical” if necessary. To radicalize not to create disturbances or to integrate extremist groups, but rather to find solutions for their communities through technologies, networking, advocacy, inclusion and sustainable approaches.
The second highlight of the workshop was devoted to group work by country to propose project ideas. Young people from Zambia proposed a project to promote SDGs, while young people from the Congo proposed a project to plant trees in urban areas in Brazzaville. The young people of Côte d’Ivoire proposed a project to combat Pollution from the transport sector and another organic farming project. The other young people proposed such innovative projects.

The third and final stage of the workshop was devoted to networking, in which the youth present shared their different skills and opportunities with each other was which led by Funmi Oyatogun from Nigeria and Philip Egessa from Uganda, two of the 50 young people who attended the first ever World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development opens in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.

In a bid to scale up action of accelerating UNESCO ESD GAP, we shall be organizing A Capacity Building Workshop for Youth Educators in Lagos , Nigeria which will be the first in a series of efforts to mobilize young people as Trainers and Enablers of the Sustainability Agenda. As we seek to mobilize young people to take concrete actions on Sustainable Development in their local context and on personal level, we remain committed to propagating the efforts of UNESCO in enabling the current generations to meet their needs while allowing future generations to meet their own, with a balanced and integrated approach regarding the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

AREAi….Promoting Access to Quality Education for poor and vulnerable children in rural communities across Africa, one community at a time.

 

ESDForum+: Scaling Action on UNESCO ESD GAP through Capacity Building for Young People

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AREAi is excited to announce the introduction of her new program, EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FORUM PLUS (ESDForum+) which is an extension of ESDForum that was launched in January 2016 to generate and scale up capacity Building and Skills Development for students and teachers of primary and secondary schools. In the last 12 months, we have convened over 8 training workshops across 11 schools in 4 states of the nation engaging over 4000 students and 60 teachers, addressing ESD Topics that ranges from Climate Change/Environmental Conversation, Peace and Intercultural Dialogue, Cultural Diversity, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene as well as Sustainable Lifestyles.

In a bid to generate and scale up ESD action to accelerate progress towards sustainable development, ESDForum+ will be activating 3 Priority action areas for Global Action Programme on ESD; transforming learning and learning environment, building capacities for educators and trainers and mobilizing/empowering youth. To reach more schools and communities using a more sustainable approach, Trained youth will have the opportunity to serve as Educators and Trainers on Sustainability issues and thematic pillars in their localities through independently organized events. Besides the issuance of ESD Trainer Certification and opportunities to participate in ESD Capacity Building workshops, Organizers of ESDForum+ will be provided with adequate resources to facilitate the understanding of Sustainability in all aspects of learning and all forms of education.

As we seek to mobilize young people to take concrete actions on Sustainable Development in their local context and on personal level, we remain committed to propagating the efforts of UNESCO in enabling the current generations to meet their needs while allowing future generations to meet their own, with a balanced and integrated approach regarding the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

AREAi….Promoting Access to Quality Education for poor and vulnerable children in rural communities across Africa, one community at a time.

 

Announcing AREAi’s Newest Partner from India ; The Dais 

AREAi is excited to announce her newly signed partnership agreement with The DAIS Education Initiative to promote  youth development,quality education  and community welfare work in  India, Nigeria and other nations around the world.

The Dais is a leading education management organization working with leading educational institutions across India, Afghanistan, Nepal and South Africa through curriculum planning, and training of teachers and students for soft skills and personality development. We also work with organizations in social and private sector on intercultural communication and to generate awareness on issues of Gender, Environment and Human Rights.

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Introducing WaSH~For~Education;promoting Quality Education and Health Through Safe Water,Clean Sanitation facilities and Hygiene Education 

According to Water Aid,over 130 million people in Nigeria which is two thirds of the total population don’t have access to adequate sanitation. Despite the huge health problems caused for the growing population, sanitation is not prioritised by all with huge gaps in the sanitation infrastructure, making access to simple facilities like toilets impossible for many people especially school children.

The poor state of water and sanitation facilities in most Nigerian primary and secondary schools is a leading factor for declining health, reduced productivity and decreased learning outcomes among children of school age and this has irrepressible consequences on their individuality, families and their communities.

In most rural schools and of course,some within the urban centers, unhygienic makeshift latrines ( pits of various shapes and holes) are being relied upon as their major excreta disposal facility. In a typical school of random selection, it is either water supply is non~existent or inadequate for the total population of staff and students or the available *HOLES* (latrines) are not functioning properly or they are padlocked due to mismanagement. To cap it all, Girls attendance rates are low because they were always late because they were fetching water.

Lack of safe, private toilets and hand washing facilities in many schools in Nigeria do not only increase susceptibility to communicable and non~communicable diseases ranging from helmintic inflection, malaria, diarrhoea and worm infestations, respiratory infections and under-nutrition,it significantly affects school enrolment and academic performance, particularly in the case of girls.

The impact of water, hygiene and sanitation falls disproportionately on women and girls, the main carriers of waters (UNICEF 2009).

We are pleased to announce the launch of an innovative program; WaSH~For~Education with Nigerian Youth Action for Water (NYAW) with an overaching goal of deploying the provision of safe water and clean sanitation facilities as a potent tool in developing healthy learning environment benefiting both learning and health. 


From January 2017
,we shall be working with local and national and international organizations to set standards for water and sanitation systems, promoting good sanitation and hygiene to communities and schools to ensure lasting changes. Our focus shall revolve around the provision of technical water facilities, hygiene education and sanitary support to help improve learning outcomes in rural/underserved schools , prevent water and sanitation related diseases as well as promoting healthy behavior in the future generations of adults.

At AREAi, we remain committed to reshaping the state of quality education in Africa,one community at a time, building an African continent where 


every child regardless of their geographical location,socioeconomic status and religious background will live to their fullest potential and contribute actively to societal transformation.

Providing access to Quality Education by boosting Literary rates and Learning outcomes;It began with Just A LIBRARY!

​”We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
The statement aptly captures our perfect reflections after a dutiful year as an organization.Our topmost priority for 2016 at AREAi was the Provision of A Library,classroom furnitures and office upholstery to a public secondary school in Apete Community of Oyo State ; Apete Ayegun Community School which serves three neighboring  communities. 


With more than 5000 Educational materials such as dictionaries, textbooks,past questions and other stationaries coupled with infrastructural facilities provided to over 1000 students,a transformational shift has been witnessed in terms of improved learning outcomes, increased literary skills and a revamped learning environment which culminated into a 13% increase in the schools’  WASSCE performance in 2016 as against the 4% success rate recorded in 2015. 


Despite the challenges of financial constraint and limited resources faced during the implementation of the intervention plan,this singular but significant accomplishment concretized our efforts towards availing quality education to students in underserved communities as it underlines how effective grassroot mobilization(online and offline), stakeholders engagement, multistakeholder approaches and corporate partnerships can be in delivering access to education matched with quality. 

In achieving this feat,AREAi was supported and partnered by organizations such as MTN Foundation, International Commission on Financing Global Ecucation Opportunity, National Library Board of Nigeria, SDG Action Campaign Group,Teach for Nigeria,Parent~Teachers Association and countless individuals who believe in our transformational vision.

With the project at its last completion stage,it is a yardstick to further provide educational opportunities and empowerment channels for poor and vulnerable children in rural communities in order for them to live up to their  fullest potential and contribute actively to societal development and global transformation. 



At AREAi,we are committed to understanding,analyzing and designing sustainable solutions to the geographical bais with our fragile educational system that has left millions of Nigerian children uneducated. Beyond access,Quality is our mandate and we are reshaping quality education, one community at a time.


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