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Promoting Education for All in Kono Final Report

YDC-SL

Final NarrativeDonor Report

Project Title: “Promoting Education for All in Kono”

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  1. Description
    1. Name and title of the contact person: Paul Abu Kargbo (Executive Director)
    2. Start date and end date of the reporting period: 1st November 2018- September 2019
    1. Final beneficiaries&/or target groups[1] (if different) (including numbers of women and men):

 

Item

Number

Direct

Children member of the Children clubs

168

Parents sensitized

297

Community member sensitized

159

Indirect

Family members of the children’s clubs

Approximately 1176

Family members of the community member sensitized

1176

Family members of parents sensitized if different of the family members of the children’s clubs or community member

1176

 

2.0. Assessment of implementation of Action activities

2.1. Executive Summary of the Action

In 10 lines, resume the activities implemented and their results.

YDC-SL project staff trained on Financial, Stores Management and Report Writing 3 male 1 female total 4 trained. Trained 10 males, 8 females a total of 18 volunteers and Staff of YDC on Disability, Inclusion and Advocacy facilitated by HI. Development of Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials to promote inclusive education. Community outreach sessions to sensitize parents and leaders on disability issues, inclusive education and reduction of stigma; 145 male 152 female, 297 reached. 14 Children Advocacy Clubs in the 14 model schools created. Trained Children Advocacy Clubs on the Abridge Child Right Act and Advocacy Skills; in the 14 models schools with the gender composition of 84 boys, 84 girls making a total of 168 children trained. Awareness-raising sessions against stigma and promoting inclusion in 14 model schools by Children’s Advocacy Clubs, 80 male and 79 female making a total of 159 reached during this activity. Partnership with Voice of Kono Radio Station was signed to air jingles developed in three languages Krio, Kono and Kissi and radio discussions to promote education for all in Kono district. 36 Radio discussion sessions held on inclusive education, sensitization and awareness-raising against stigma. Airing of jingles in three languages (Kono, Kissi and Krio) 150 slots.

CHANGES AS A RESULT OF THE PEAK PROJECT

Children have a positive attitude towards other children with disability, and Ebola survivors in the 14 model schools and their communities. The training on the abridge child right act and advocacy skills increased the knowledge of children on rights and right to education and as well as on how to advocate for marginalised vulnerable children in their schools and communities. Parents are more willing now to send their children to school, take care of them and show positive behaviour towards those with disabilities. There is more tolerance for disabled children among children and parents as well. The sensitization and advocacy session resulted to community members and leaders showing understanding and tolerance about the inclusion of vulnerable children in society, especially children with disabilities, vulnerable girls, out of school children and Ebola-affected children.

2.2 Results and Activities

Outcome 3: Kono communities and parents are promoting and working towards education for all children and the reduction of stigma against the most vulnerable children particularly children with disabilities.

3.1.1 Definition of the partnership (ToR for partner B)

Put here if any amendment has been signed between HI and YDC.

3.1.2 Creation of a children's club to raise awareness to Kono communities

How many children’s club has been created? How many children attend the club including new children and children with disabilities? How many training has been provided per club? How long? What were the objectives? Who has facilitated the training? What are the challenges? What are the successes?

14 Children Advocacy Clubs in the model schools in the 14 chiefdoms in Kono district were Created. 84 boys and 84 girls making a total of 168 children. The Children Advocacy Clubs trained on the Sierra Leone Abridge Child Right Act and Advocacy Skills. 14 trainings were conducted in the models schools reaching 84 boys and 84 girls making a total of 168 trained. The objective was to increase the knowledge of children on their rights and right to education and know the duties of parents and duty bearers towards their education and welfare. They were also trained on the key messages designed on the posters to reduce stigma and promote inclusion.

Three specific training were provided for each Children Advocacy Club in the 14 model schools, each lasted for 3 hours. The objective was to empower the children so that they know their rights and right to education, advocacy skills to demand for their right from duty bearers in a diplomatic way, imbibes and promote the culture of inclusion in schools, in their home and community as a whole. One key challenge was mobilizing the children and teacher. YDC-SL had to reschedule meetings due to collision of school activities and project activities. The success is that children gained the practical knowledge to undertake the advocacy process at school and community level. Also, they have developed mobilization skills to engage stakeholder on issues of inclusion, education and reduction of stigma for on Ebola-affected children. The training was facilitated by YDC-SL PEAK Project Officer and volunteers with technical support from Handicap International field staff.

3.1.3 Through children's participation, awareness sessions to community members and leaders to reduce stigma towards vulnerable children

How many awareness sessions? How many people targeted? Which topics? Who facilitate the session? How the children have been involved? Describe a case story of the reduction of stigma towards vulnerable children in one of the communities.What are the challenges? What are the successes?

14 awareness sessions were held in the 14 model schools and their satellite schools across the 14 chiefdoms. 50 people including school children, Teachers, chiefs, parents and other community members were targeted in each of the 14 model school communities. A total of 1,400 people were reached. Key topics discussed during these sessions were; the effect of stigmatization, the role of caregivers/stakeholders in promoting inclusive education, the fundamental rights of the child and their responsibilities and advocacy.

The sessions were facilitated by YDC-SL field staff, volunteers and members of the children advocacy clubs. During the sessions advocacy club members were given the opportunity to perform short skits on the aforementioned topics, which makes the sessions more interactive and participatory. After the performance of advocacy club members in one of the sessions at Roman Catholic primary school in Meiyor, one of the pupils of the school regretfully moved to her physically challenge colleague and apologized for all she has been doing to him. She publically confessed that she used to call the boy with his disability. She vowed not to do that anymore. Key successes made after these sessions were the children who were not members of the advocacy clubs developed more interest to be part of the clubs. A good number of pupils in these schools are ambassadors to propagate the messages of reducing stigmatization, increasing inclusive education and mitigate child abuse issues by reporting any act of this nature. There is high tolerance among school-going children as those without disability now accept children livening with disability.

3.1.4 Sensitization sessions to parents on the benefits of education for all children

How many awareness sessions? How many people targeted? Which topics? Who facilitate the session? How long? Which tools have been used? What are the changes you observe after the session? What are the challenges? What are the successes?

14 model school communities to sensitize parents and leaders on disability issues and inclusive education was carried out. A total of 145 male and 152 female parents summing up to 297 parents were sensitized.

Key messages/ topics on these sessions were; the role of duty bearers in ensuring community understanding, tolerance and inclusion of vulnerable children in society, with special preference for children with disabilities, vulnerable girls, out of school children and Ebola survivors. The effect of stigmatization, the role of parent /caregivers and community leaders in promoting inclusive education, the fundamental rights of the child and their responsibilities were also key messages in this awareness raising exercises. The sessions were facilitated by YDC-SL field staff, volunteers and members of the children advocacy clubs. During the sessions advocacy club members were given the opportunity to perform short skits on the aforementioned topics, which makes the sessions more interactive and participatory. After the performance of advocacy club members in one of the sessions at Roman Catholic primary school in Meiyor, one of the pupils of the school regretfully moved to her physically challenge colleague and apologized for all she has done to her disabled colleague.

3.1.5 Radio campaign for the promotion of education for all children

36 Radio Panel Discussion Sessions were held to promote the top priority of YDC-SL in the PEAK project.

In order to ensure effectiveness and consistency, the discussion were apportioned in three (3) project quarters (i.e. 1st, 2nd,& 3rd quarter). 3 radio programs were held for each month making a total of 9 discussions in each quarter. The key topics for these discussions included; inclusive education of which listeners were told what is inclusive education based on the project context. The role of stakeholders in ensuring inclusive education was another, of which the different stakeholders in education were call to inform the general public on their specific roles in promoting education in the district. Several discussions were held as means of raising awareness against stigma especially for children living with disability and those that were affected/effect with Ebola in the district.

These radio programs were also backed up with jingles to reinforce the aspect of attitudinal and behavioural change among parents, duty bearers and children. The jingles carried key advocacy and sensitization messages which were developed in Kono, Kissi and Krio. A total of 150 slots were aired within during the poject implementation period.

 

 

    1. Sustainability

Which activities will continue after the end of the project?

During the last follow up meetings held with school authorities and contact teachers/volunteers in the fourteen model schools the key activities agreed to be continued in the schools includes;

  • Maintaining the children advocacy clubs in all schools
  • Volunteer teachers to continue meeting with children advocacy club members
  • Replacement of children advocacy club members
  • Club members continue to give to talk on inclusive education in any CTA/PTA meeting coordinated by the volunteers and teachers in the 14 model schools.

Which activities have been implemented according to the exit strategy?

  • Engage Voice of Kono Radio station manager and others station Managers, to advocate for free air-time. This activity was carried out with appointment schedule and a formal request was made asking for support by providing YDC-SL free air time to continue the airing of PEAK inclusive jingles and radio discussions. This intervention did not yield positive result, due to the fact that the station managers clearly stated that their station is run and sustained base of commercial basis and they have no support, therefore cannot afford to give free air time to YDC-SL.
  • Mapping of other actors working in the same communities/schools for transfer
  • Meeting with school structures and community stakeholders to link the school to the community
  • Identification of focal teachers in the schools to work with SMCs and CWCs to address child abuses cases, neglect, stigma and talk on disability issues at community level.

 

  • Follow-up Sessions, Follow-up Sessions in 14 Model Schools, Convene meetings in the model schools with teachers, H/teachers & SMCs on the transfer of responsibilities of the project to the school and community stakeholders.
    1. Indicators updated

 

Item

Target

Achieved

Source of verification

% of community members and leaders show understanding and tolerance about the inclusion of vulnerable children in society, specifically children with disabilities, vulnerable girls, out of school children and Ebola affected children

50%

 

 

children’s club are created to raise awareness against stigma towards certain vulnerable groups such as children with disabilities, out of school children and Ebola affected children

70

 

 

% of community members and leaders are aware of the need to consider the needs of girls, children with disabilities, out of school children and Ebola affected children and help to encourage them to access education

70%

 

 

% of parents who attended actively decide to send their children back to school (showing positive behavior change).

60%

 

 

A partnership is made with the local radio to promote and broadcast the concept of “education for all” and to encourage all groups of children to return to school

YES

 

 

 

    1. Monitoring / Evaluation

How have you monitored your activities?

Give 1 feedback received from the children

Children and volunteers now have practical experience with undertaking an entire advocacy process, including mobilizing their colleagues in school, and parents in communities to engage them on issues of stigma, inclusion and their rights to education. This was testified by a parent during exit meetings to link the advocacy club and the community at the R C primary school Manjama

Give 1 feedback received from the parents

During these meetings also, the chair lady of the mothers club at Meiyor mentioned to field staff that through their intervention and the messages disseminated the children advocacy club, Parents are more willing now to send their children to school, take care of them and show positive behaviour towards those with disabilities issues. ‘It is no more common to see a child of school going age roaming around the community during school hours, the woman mentioned’.

Give 1 feedback received from the community

Leaders were express that the PEAK project is timely and has increase their understanding on inclusive education and are willing to give their support by way of supervising the schools to make sure that teachers and parents carry out their responsibility towards the inclusive education.

    1. Publication

List all materials (and copy) produced during the project such as the number of posters, jingles…

Please state how the items produced are being distributed and to whom.

The table below depict the various material and quantity produced and distributed:

Abridge Sierra Leone Child Right of 2007

350 copies produced and distributed

T-Shirt

250 printed with key inclusive messages and distributed to 14 Child Advocacy Clubs

Stickers

200 copies with inclusive messages printed and distributed

Posters

250 copies with inclusive messages printed and distributed

Jingle

3 Jingles produced on inclusive messages and awareness raising against stigma 1 in Kono, 1 in Krio and 1 in Kissi

 

  1. Beneficiaries/affiliated entities and other Cooperation
    1. How do you assess the relationship between YDC and HI? According to you what were the challenges in the partnership? What were the strengths? How many training have you followed?

The relationship between YDC-SL has been a strong tie especially in the course of the PEAK project implementation in the Kono District. Key among all other best practices in the project was the constant consultation on whatever step one party wants to move. Due to the series of capacity building received from Handicap International Youth Dream Center Sierra Leone now have the competencies and is implementing a project titled Creating Safe Public Sapce for Youth Wellbeing in Urban City in Sierra Leone in three communities in (Kensay, Koeyor, Koayieme). The overall objective of the project is to, improve the wellbeing of young people in urban Sierra Leone, with the objectives of increasing participation for young people in shaping society and improving access to safe and inclusive public spaces in the city. The partnership has been very much cordial and fruitful. It is therefore necessary that HI is given the opportunity to continue to partners with smaller NGOs and build their capacity for sustainable development and sustainability in their interventions.

    1. How would you assess the relationship between YDC and State authorities in Kono? How has this relationship affected the project?

The relationship between YDC-SL and state authorities especially the Ministry of Primary and Basic education is very much cordial and supportive to each party. Through the PEAK project YDC -SL was able to get teaching and learning materials from the ministry of education to support our adult education program in 2018/2019 education calendar. YDC-SL has also a good stand with the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs as we are key partner organization in their monthly coordination and child protection meetings.

  1. Visibility

How is the visibility of the EU contribution being ensured in your activities?

All IEC materials developed and produced carries the logo of EU and all community enagaement, radio discussions and jingles, it has been clearly stated that the activities have been supported with funds from European Union.

 

 

 

 

    1. Indicators updated

 

Item

Target

Achieved

Source of verification

% of community members and leaders show understanding and tolerance about the inclusion of vulnerable children in society, specifically children with disabilities, vulnerable girls, out of school children and Ebola affected children

50%

86%

FGD with Community members and Leader Tool

children’s club are created to raise awareness against stigma towards certain vulnerable groups such as children with disabilities, out of school children and Ebola affected children

14

14

Children`s club profiling tool

Reports

Event Completion Tool

% of community members and leaders are aware of the need to consider the needs of girls, children with disabilities, out of school children and Ebola affected children and help to encourage them to access education

70%

86%

FGD with Community members and Leader Tool

Event Completion Tool

% of parents who attended actively decide to send their children back to school (showing positive behavior change).

60%

93%

FGD with Parents

A partnership is made with the local radio to promote and broadcast the concept of “education for all” and to encourage all groups of children to return to school

1

1

Report

MOU

Radio Program Record

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name of the contact person for the project: Paul Abu Kargbo

Location: Kono district

Sierra Leone

Date 31st August, 2019

 

 


[1] “Target groups” are the groups/entities who will be directly positively affected by the project at the Project Purpose level, and “final beneficiaries” are those who will benefit from the project in the long term at the level of the society or sector at large.