The development Research and Projects Center (dRPC) under the Safe School Project with funding from Ford Foundation in April 2022 conducted four key activities in commemoration of 2022 Global Action Week for Education (GAWE).
The dRPC explored the idea of School Safety and Digital Alternatives to Education in Nigeria through a webinar with panellists from the NERDC, Education NGOs working to keep schools safe, organizations in the field of remote learning and digital applications, journalist, scholars and development studies research students from the University of Leiden who have research issues from the Nigerian point of view. The webinar was a platform for the distinct actors in the forefront of this area to discuss the issues and make recommendations in their various areas of expertise with the attendees raising thought provoking questions. One of the highlights of the discussion was raising awareness on the recently launched Nigeria Passport e-learning platform by the Federal Ministry of Education.
In commemoration of the 2022 GAWE the dRPC, with funding from Ford Foundation supported the Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative (BBYDI) to conduct a Press Conference/Symposium/Policy Dialogue on National Policy on Safety, Security and Violence Free Schools in Nigeria which held on 27th April, 2022 at the Conference Hall, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Kwara State. The Policy dialogue was endorsed and supported by Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development.
A call for application from Education NGOs was made by the dRPC , to train and provide small grant opportunities for about 30 indigenous CSOs to carryout safe school activities to implement the National Policy on Safety, Security and Violence Free Schools. The application process whose deadline was extended to the 2nd of May 2022 has been concluded and the dRPC will be contacting successful applicants by June 2022.
The dRPC was invited to make a presentation at the GAWE 2022 Coalition Meeting anchored by the Global Campaign for Education United States on the 26th of April, 2022. The virtual presentation highlighted the what the Federal Government is doing to keep schools safe in terms of the new National Policy on Safety, Security and Violence Free Schools and the efforts of the dRPC in creating a community of NGOs working to keep schools safe in Nigeria by training and providing small grants opportunities to implement activities in line with the National policy on Safety, Security and Violence Free Schools.