These are a collection of past events Of Educational Co-operation Society in News items and PressClips.
ECS PUBLISHED AND DISTRIBUTED CIVICS & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES CURICULUM AND TEXTBOOK TO PUPILS OF IBEJU- LEKKI.
As part of its on-going rural development project in Adeba, ECS developed and published a civics and environmental studies textbook, copies which were handed out to school pupil of Community Primary School (CPS), Adeba. Joy and excitement filled the air as each pupil in the school received a copy of the text.
The civics and environmental textbook which is replete with graphical illustrations, pictures, maps and charts, is aimed at accelerating the pupils’ knowledge of rights, equality, gender, civic responsibilities, and care for the environment. It also includes activities for the pupils, to help pupils assess their knowledge of the lessons learnt. The civics and environmental textbook is developed based on the civics, and environmental education curriculum for schools which was earlier published by ECS.
The textbook will be a companion for the pupils throughout their primary education. It is also recommended for pupils of other schools within and outside Lagos state.
Initiated in 2010, Adeba Community Development Project is an initiative by Educational Cooperation Society, aimed at promoting community processes that further equitable and endogenous development in the rural areas of Nigeria. The project spans a period of twenty-four months and involves several community based activities such as; Construction of a new nursery school building, development of school civic, gender and environmental education curriculum for public school, and the provision of an information portal to amplify community voice on civics and rights issues.
The Adeba project is community based and geared towards promotion of community processes that further rural development. Part of the structures put in place by the project is a Community Development Forum (ACOF) composed of elected community leaders. The forum has from the time inauguration to date planned and executed some visionary initiative and action plans. In particular, the central road within Adeba has been graded with rubble and laetrile poured into it to make it more motorable. Plots of land have been earmarked for the construction of a health centre, market square and secondary school. Indeed the capacity building and participatory training programmes carried out by the ECS in Adeba has yielded fruit.
CPS ADEBA TEACHERS TRAINING SESSIONS MAY- JUNE, 2012
The Adeba community development project now in its 4th semester of implementation has been focusing more intensely on teacher training in Civics and environmental studies curriculum. Teacher training sessions, during these months of May and June, centered on rights of the child, and elucidated the Lagos State Child Rights Act. It also dwelt on effective pupil-teacher communication skills considered innovative for effective transmission of civic values. Participatory evaluation sessions carried out in some of the sessions revealed a favourable learning outcome from past sessions.
ADEBA COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL’S NURSERY BLOCK OPENED
ECS Donates School Buildings to The Community Primary School Adeba; Donates a Voice Portal www.adebavoice.org and Begins a Two-Year Development Project for The Community
Sounds of jubilation and joy could be heard on the grounds of the Adeba Community School as the nursery School block was commissioned on the 29th of November, 2011. The nursery school block which comprises of two classrooms, toilets and a staffroom, was a donation to the community by the Educational Co-operation Society. The occasion was graced by the Chairman of the governing council of ECS in the person of Engr. Charles Osezua, representatives of the Lagos state and the Ibeju-Lekki local governments, the Lagos state educational board and members of the Adeba community.
The Adeba Community Development Project is an ongoing educational, rural-development initiative by the Educational Co-operation Society (ECS). It is aimed at promoting community processes that further equity and endogenous development in rural areas of Nigeria.
The project in Adeba, a rural community in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area, spans over a period of twenty-four months and involves several community based activities such as; construction of a new nursery school building, development of school civic, gender and environmental education curriculum for public schools, as well as the development of a voice portal to amplify community voice on issues of rights, civics and environment.
Over a period of six years from 2005, community leaders from Adeba made sustained appeal to the Educational Co-operation Society (ECS), for support in the development of school infrastructure needed in the Community Primary School Adeba, which was then on temporary bamboo shades. ECS responded in two different ways. Firstly, the community was aided to do the bit within their capacity, before any external support comes. They were encouraged to reach out further to their Local Government Educational Authority and advocate persuasively for their children. Secondly, ECS committed its own fund and searched for partners who might also be interested in funding the infrastructure and community development project. These approaches have resulted in the current, new and permanent site of the Community Primary School Adeba, comprising of two school buildings, one by the LGA and another by ECS, working jointly with the community Leaders, which ownership has just been handed over to the community.
WATER COMES TO AGUOBU- IWOLLO
The rural water and sanitation project at Aguobu- Iwollo community has reached it’s completion. The Educational Co- operation Society in collaboartion with the increasing Non- State Action’s Implementation and Development Expertise (EU/ INSIDE) constructed a system to bring spring water to the villagers in the Aguobu- Iwollo region of Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The Water supply Situation in Enugu State is difficult, with its eastern section underlain by shale and clays without good underground water, central area and around have good underground water (artesian around Orji River); in the northern part, ground water table is very deep and expensive to exploit. Aguobu- Iwollo is no exception and the people of this hilly area were constantly inshort of water. For which reason, thousand of girls, children and women had to travel about 3kms to fetch water from streams and brooks.
At the instance of Aguobu- Iwollo community, and jointly with them, Educational Co- Operation Society (ECS) Proposed a community based approach and a rural water system involving an impoundment of perenial spring water source. Go to our Newsletters column for more details or Click Water comes to Iwollo to download our Newsletter on the issue.
SOUTHCREEK CENTRE OPENS
The recent project, dedicated to academic, moral and charater formation of young people called Southcreek Study Centre has just been opened. The Opening and formal handing-over of Southcreek to the Management team held on the 17th of July, 2010 with members of the Board of ECS, donors to the project and parents in attendance. Representing the Chairman of the board of Patrons, ECS, Mr Charles Osezua thanked those present for their support. Click on this link to view Compass Newspaper’s press clip
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ADEBA WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SESSION
A women Empowerment session for the women of Adeba put together by the Educational Co- operation Society was held on 10th September, 2011. The purpose of the session was to empower them economically by teaching them the art of making certain household products.
A trained facilitator taught the women how to produce home- made detergents and disinfectants such as dettol, germicide, Dish washing liquid, and toilet wash. After the training, she stressed the need for the women to put into practice their newly acquired knowledge as it could empower them economically and help them support their homes financially.
The air was filled with so much excitement as the women expressed their delight at the just acquired knowledge. Some of them voiced out their desire to take the training further by venturing into that line of business and were indeed grateful to ECS for offering them such an opportunity to be empowered.
ADEBA COMMUNITY WOMEN DEVELOPMENT PLANNING WORKSHOP
“What can we do to improve or uplift the living standard of women in Adeba community?” , was the focus of the Adeba community women development planning workshop conducted by Esto- Perpetua Development initiative (ECDI) under the ecs – zabalketa project held on the 7th of September, 2011.
The women came together to discuss what they could do in order to improve the lot of the women in the community. The main aim of the meeting was to know what they wanted to see in place for the women in Adeba and how this will be achieved by coming up with an action plan. The women were divided into groups and action plans on the environment, health, the home, education, women mobilization and economic empowerment were drawn.
The development of women in any community is important because a well equipped woman can take care of the home and the community as a whole, and to this effect, the Adeba Women Development Planning Workshop spurred the women into taking concrete decisions on improving the lot of the women in Adeba.
ADEBA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FORUM (CDF) INAGURATION
The Adeba Community Development Forum inauguration, which took place on the 13th of August, 2011, marks a beginning of better days to come for the residents of Adeba community.
The Adeba project is divided into three parts; the curriculum development project, the development of an action plan to improve Adeba and ensure equity, and the constituting of the Adeba community development forum (to take ownership of the project). The roles of the CDF are to ensure all stakeholders participate, to develop and follow through the action plan for community development, to see to regular civic values education in the community and to ensure peace within the community in order to keep the development plan.
The CDF which is to see to the smooth running of the Adeba project upon completion is made up of individuals from within the Adeba community who are passionate about the development of the Community and are willing to work together in order to take the community to the next level.
TOP TRAINING UNDER THE STRENGTHENING OF CIVIL SOCIETY FOR AN ENDOGENOUS EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT IN ADEBA COMMUNITY, IBEJU-LEKKI.
The Technology of Participation Programme for members of Adeba community, took place at the community Primary School, Adeba from 5th – 7th May, 2011. The facilitators were Esto perpetua Development Initiative (EPDI) a NGO in partnership with ECS on the Adeba project.The purpose of the training was aimed at building capacity for self development by equipping the participants with knowledge, skills and tools for participation, which will then lead to the formation of a Community Development Committee (CDC) which will ensure the success of the project going on in the community. The participants were taught topics like development, Community facilitation, community mobilization, Leadership, motivation e.t.c and were also shown how to put the knewly acquired knowledge to use.
3 DAY TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS HELD IN ADEBA, IBEJU-LEKKI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF LAGOS STATE. 3rd – 5th March 2011.
A 3 day training aimed at community enlightenment and empowerment was carried out by ECS, from 3rd to 5th March, 20011. The training sessions which spanned the three days were handled by individuals and facilitators from organisations working in collaboration with ECS on the Adeba project.
The Environmental Sessions were handled by faciltators from Community Conservation and Development Initiatives (CCDI), on the first day. The topics treated were: climate change and its effects on a community, waste management and energy in the community.
Civics Education session were handled by ECS and topics such as: Our rights, duties and environment, foundations of citizenery, tolerance and understanding were taught to memebers of the community.
The third day was for the women of the community only and they were empowered with the knowledge of how to make house hold cleaning products by a local producer of sanitization products.
over 50 members of the community were in attendance during the course of the three days and were glad that they were empowered.
MEETING OF ECS WITH ADEBA COMMUNITY ON THE 10TH OF NOVEMBER, 2010
A meeting between Educational Co- operation Society (ECS) and members of Adeba community took place on the 11th of November, 2011, at the community Primary School, Adeba. The ECS team met with the community Heads, The Parents forum Leaders and a number of teachers and a memorandum of understanding was signed in respect to the recent initiative by ECS, aimed at promoting community processes that further equitable and endogenous development in the rural areas of Nigeria.
RURAL WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION PROJECT IN AGUOBU IWOLLO
An Action titled Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Aguobu Iwollo is being implemented by the ECS with funding from the European Union INSIDE Programme (EU- INSIDE). The Overall Objective of the project is to facilitate access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to the inhabitants of Aguobu Iwollo by 2011.
ECS MEETS WITH HEAD TEACHER OF COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL, ADEBA
A meeting between ECS, Members of Abeba community and the Head Teacher of Adeba community primary School on the 26th of August, 2010, was a preparatory and planning meeting for the project, that would be kicking off shortly. The meeting which took place at the Adeba community Primary School, was a fact finding endeavour aimed at gathering information that would help in the smooth execution of the project. The project consists of construction of a new nursery school building, development of school civic, gender and environmental education curriculum for public school as well as the development of a human rights portal to connect the community with the rest of the world.
LEKKI COMMUNITIES PROTEST LAND ENCROACHMENT BY FIRM
|The Uhere University Centre.The Uhere University Centre is an academic centre which provides a comfortable accommodation and a conducive atmosphere for learning including academic assistance towards excellence in study and professional life. Uhere university centre has been in existence since 1991.
The vision of Uhere university centre is that all who participate in her activities become men of Integrity and Sound Judgement with Professional Competence. Therefore, Uhere provides conducive environment for Study and a Balanced Academic Human and Moral formation for all participants in activities organised at the Centre.
Proposed Uhere University Centre
Uhere University Center has been operating on a rented facility and has gained a high reputation for success over the years. However, with the increase in the number of participants and the need to expand her activities, the present site is becoming fast inadequate. To this end, the land to build the permanent site has been acquired, and construction is very much ongoing… Read More
Initiating the Eleko Project, December 2013.
The Educational Co-operation Society (ECS) began mobilizing a part of the Ibeju-Lekki communities comprising of Idado, Eleko and Badore communities, for a rural development programme.
This would be the second of such interventions by the ECS at Ibeju-Lekki, aimed at Strengthening Civil Society towards achieving self development and equity within the rural areas… Read more
From the collation of civil society Organisations (CSOs), key players in the education sector, has come a sterling revelation that there still exists a major gap between the government and the organizations in education policy formulation and implementation
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UPDATE ON THE ELEKO PROJECT
Over the past two months, through Community T.O.P (Technology of Participation) sessions conducted by the ECS, community members have been sensitized to the importance of proper participative planning in order to achieve their objectives. They have engaged in discussions on more effective ways of mustering for meetings, resolving conflicts and volunteering as part of contributing to their communities’ development among others.
Teacher Training sessions were also held to educate teachers about civic education, which they will teach to pupils to help them develop positively in character, to become productive members of their communities.
Community members and teachers were also clued in on practices that will help to create and sustain a healthy environment for themselves.
THE ELEKO PROJECT
The Educational Co-operation Society (ECS) began mobilizing a part of the Ibeju-Lekki communities comprising of Idado, Eleko and Badore communities, for a rural development programme. This would be the second of such interventions by the ECS at Ibeju-Lekki, aimed at strengthening civil society towards achieving self development and equity within the rural areas. At a community meeting on November 20, 2013 representatives from Igando and Debojo showed up, signalling their interests in getting involved with the development initiative.