The level of illiteracy among the rural communities in Abuja FCT is discovered by the DEAN initiative to be extremely high. Over 90 percent of the rural dwellers are highly illiterate because of poor attitude towards formal education and it has resulted into them not allowing their children attend primary schools. In a bid to address this malady, DEAN Initiative created a project that will increase awareness on the important of formal education in bringing social liberation to the people at the grassroots especially in FCT.
To embark on this project of advocacy visits, ten (10) villages were selected amongst others;
1. Kwalita: Gwagwalada Area council
2. Gulida: Abaji Area Council
3. Agwan yunsa: Abaji Area Council
4. Dogonruwa: Abaji Area Council
5. Paiko basa: Abaji Area Council
6. Mai numba: Abaji Area Council
7. Bari bari: Abaji Area Council
8. Gwanda: Abaji Area Council
9. Gurdi: Abaji Area Council
10. Yebu : Kwali Area Council
These villages selected for visitation are chosen in order for One Kid Project to enlightened them on the need for their children to have at least the basic education and for us to support them, ensuring that they are enrolled into primary schools and the parent sensitized. All of which are done so that the children can turn out to be productive adults in future and also support the communities when their lots are turn around for good.
Meeting With the Village Heads
Brief meetings were held with the community heads to formally introduce One Kid Project and its overall activities. The meeting also initiated further deliberation that includes the cabinet of the village head to secure their overall support.
Meeting With the Communities Members
A major part of the project is the Parent Project Partnership (PPP) the entire community members were assembled in town hall meetings. The project team members swing into action by sensitizing on the importance of education in the lives of the children, stating that relieves will come to the parent when their children are secured educationally.
Meeting With the School Teachers,
Teacher Project Partnership (TPP) is another major winning strategy of the One Kid Project, the project officials held meetings with school teachers in each of the communities to both introduced the project and as well seek for support to ensure project sustainability and project monitoring and efficient evaluation process.
It is but a wrong assumption to continue to assume that communities around the FCT are in good shape socially and infrastructural when in the true light these communities lacks the basic social amenities like health facilities, portable waters, good roads, lights most important of all schools. The advocacy visits reveals that over 80 percent of children in these rural communities are out of schools and more than 90 percent of the adults are illiterate.
The result of which include early child marriage, child labour, poverty and violence against children, other findings include the difficulties in assessing these communities because of bad roads terrain especially during the raining season another is that school buildings around these communities are in bad shapes, those children that are in schools lack uniforms, sandals and books among others.
The project incurred cost on the following; transportation, team branded T-shirts, flyers, posters, photography, video production, refreshment and gift items for the village heads and the school teachers.
Large percentage of the children around here are been depraved of their right to education basically because of the parents foreknowledge that they are farm tools and as such seen and used as such but after our meetings with the parents hope are high that if the One Kid Project is adequately pursuit and executed things will definitely change.