Educational Cooperation Society, Partner Empower Rural Women, Foster Gender Equality In Ogun State

The Educational Co-operation Society (ECS) has handed over a potable-water supply project, with purificators and reticulation networks to the Ereji Community of Ogun state.

Also handed over on the same day, but to Odonoko Community and their Community School Management, were a set of six school toilets units at St Joseph Primary School Odonoko, in Ijebu-Ode Central Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The aim of the project was to empower average rural women in Nigeria and foster gender equality, through various activities that permit the active presence of women in the social space of rural communities in Nigeria.

Accordingly, the two social infrastructures handed over between October and this month were conceived, planned, and executed under the leadership of organised groups of women in the various communities. While these women prioritised basic needs yet to be met in their communities and action plan to address such needs, the NGOs, Educational Co-operation Society and partner, Asociación Zabalketa, facilitated technical and funding support required by women to execute their plan.

Part of the project funding was received from Spanish Ayuntamientos (Local Governments Authorities) of Getxo and Leioa.

Besides the provision of the basic community infrastructure, these projects by ECS contribute towards the promotion of a culture of inclusiveness in processes of decision making and development of rural communities. It is also expected to contribute to advancing respect for the dignity of people in society, irrespective of their sex, religion, or social background.

The Educational Co-operation Society is a Nigerian nonprofit incorporated in 1974 with an organisational objective to promote projects that further education, social welfare and development of character, in accord with Christian principles.

Besides its major educational projects in seven different states of the federation, ECS carries on-site and service microprojects that meet basic needs and welfare in rural segments of society.

The current project would be the 16th of such interventions in Ogun State within the past decade. The impact of the interventions by ECS is not so much in economic terms as in organising people into functional groups for effective endogenous development.