A woman is a female adult, women are rare gold in the hands of their creator. I choose to write this article to describe a great woman in my life and that woman is my mother, she is like a polished diamond, trying her best in all she does. As an intelligent and hardworking woman, she never relents effort until she has achieved her goals. She believes that there is a brighter future for all of us. She tells us that “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is not just a proverb. She will continually be my role model.
SWAG Initiative – Article by Edem, Emmanuella Emem in Commemoration of the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION, 2021 #ChooseToChallenge, #IWD2021
Youth for Change initiative (YOFCI) – is a Youth development organization with a passion for developing young people through capacity building. We increase youth active participation in governance, with necessary information about democracy and good governance. Most of our project contributes to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal SDG 4 &10 which empowers youths with the key ingredients of quality democratic system of government. One of our projects the formal launch of the Nigeria Youth Agenda on Political Participation & Inauguration of The Nigerian Youth Inter-Party & Civil Society Forum in Akwa Ibom State and THE VOTE NOT FIGHT…Election no be war CAMPAIGN were national campaign supported by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), 2face Foundation, Young stars Foundation and other youth-led /focus organization across the country where YOFCI coordinated the campaign in the South-south region of the country.
On Youth and Civic Engagement. YOFCI join other youth groups in south-south Nigeria to participate in the 24HOUR OPENGOV HACKATHON challenge to develop a solution that can contribute to kicking out corruption in governance through open budgets, the Akwa Ibom State Youth Development Fund Bill – AKYDF Campaign, this a grassroots campaign that promote and seeks to establish a legal framework for youth development in the state and also engage critical Policies Stakeholders from Ministries of Youth Development, Justice, State legislators and other influencers for effective youth representation to achieve the goals of the campaign which was in partnership with YOUTH ALIVE FOUNDATION, we also implemented in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) on the ACORN Project (Youth Participation Against Corruption Y-PAC) in implementing the Integrity Clubs in various Schools in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State. The purpose of the project was to also established and re-activate the existing integrity clubs in schools.
YOFCI organized a three-month capacity building workshop for volunteers and youth organizations in Akwa Ibom State. The program tagged Capacity Boost 1.0 was the first of its kind within the development sector of Akwa Ibom State. YOFCI rolls-up year 2019 in a grand style with lots of activities to honour her Volunteers, Partners, Funders, Colleagues and Well-wishers with an award of certificate to participants of the just concluded YOFCI-CBS Capacity Building School (Capacity Boost 1.0), certificate of honour and YOFCI branded souvenir to all participants of the event. YOFCI launches her most recent Anti-corruption project within the Niger Delta region called #Keene Budget Nigeria #KBN which is an anti-corruption campaign tool that aims at ensuring that public funds particularly at the sub-national level are used for the development of social infrastructure and benefit of the people. As part of its citizens’ engagement activities, the #Keene Budget tracking team recently identified some non-existence, abandoned and uncompleted federal constituencies project in Akwa Ibom State communities.
YOFCI partner other organizations to provide Personal Protective Equipment PPE such as Face-Mask to help protect citizens from the current pandemic ‘’COVID-19’’ and also help to sensitized the citizens on the prevention measures. In 2021 YOFCI has development her yearly work-plan which focus is on Education, Gender and Good governance. We have developed a project on Education with focus on assisting some special schools in the country with educational supporting materials, also designed an intervention on reducing SGBV through stakeholders engaging and using the VAPP law to develop IECs materials to sensitized the public on SGBV prevention. Finally, we have in motion a project to partner with other anti-corruption crusader to tackle the corruption in awarding and executing the federal constituencies project through our #Keene Budget Nigeria (#KBN) tool.