The Peace building programmes of the Sharing Education and Learning for Life (SELL) Foundation, Nigeria continues to receive acceptance and commendations in communities of the North east and Plateau state following the advocacy visits the foundation has embarked on to key stakeholders in the communities.
A Team of Resource Persons were in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital from 7th to 10th October where series of meetings and interactions were held with major stakeholders to promote peace and form strong synergy to address issues of Conflict, Domestic Violence, Gender/Child Abuse among other ills that continue to upset the peace and tranquility of residents of communities in Borno state.
The Stakeholders visited included: Most Rev. Dr. Oliver Dashe Doeme, Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese, Dr. Umar Abdulahi Maina Chairman of the Borno State Network of Civil Societies, and Coordinator of Justice Development and Peace Caritas, Maiduguri Diocese. Other stakeholders visited are the leadership of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Borno state and Youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN).
The stakeholders all expressed happiness with the exploits of SELL foundation in North East in the areas of Peace building, leadership formation, trauma support services, entrepreneurship and Child protection. They were particularly happy with the young people in Maiduguri who are volunteering as Facilitators of the SELL programme in Maiduguri. They all promised to join hands with the foundation to ensure that their communities are liberated through robust awareness creation among the larger populace.
SELL foundation promised to train selected number of young people from organizations, and youth groups on Child Protection/Safeguarding, Gender Reconciliation and Conflict resolution so they can in turn continue to impact positively on their communities.
The team also paid a visit to the Internally Displace People’s Camp managed by the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri in Polo where a listening survey was conducted for the IDPs with the aim of designing intervention strategies that meets the psychosocial and economic needs of the over two hundred and sixty (260) people in the camp.
Written by Charles Polok
Assistant Monitoring and Evaluation Officer