A Nigeria-based non-governmental organisation, Center for Peace Environmental Justice, CEPEJ has established Peace and Environment Clubs (PEC) to catch them young in Niger State in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals SDGs.
The Niger State Peace and Environment Clubs programme was flagged off in Fomwan School, Minna, Niger State, while the State peace and environment clubs were inaugurated in three public secondary schools and a private secondary school in Chanchanga, Bida and Suleja Local Government Areas of that State.
Facilitators, Supervisors and Coordinators were nominated who will help to coordinate and facilitate the process in the selected schools in Niger State.
This initiative is geared towards achieving the educational aspect of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is presently running in Delta State and it will soon be expanded to other public secondary schools in States such as Bayelsa, Lagos and the FCT, Abuja.
The facilitators and supervisors who will help to coordinate the activities of the selected public and private schools are Aliyu Musa Wushishi, Fateema Umar Chado from Fomwan Schools, and Mallam Yabagi Musa, Mrs. Jigah M. Veronica from Father O’Connel Science College, Minna in Chanchagan Local Government area; Alhaji Yahaya Usman Lakkan and Sa’hadatu Salawu from Government Technical College, Bida, in Bida Local Government Area, as well as Aminu Abubakar and Rifkatu Shabaze from Government Model School, Suleja in Suleja Local Government Area.
The Chief Executive Officer of Development Initiative of West Africa, Mr. Daoda Kanneh inaugurated the club at Fomwan School and Father O’connel Science College, Minna, while the Principals of Government Technical College, Bida and Government Model School Suleja, Mr. Mohammed A. Doko and Mr. Taneem M. A, inaugurated the Peace and Environment club at the other schools.
During the inauguration, the National Coordinator of CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, represented by CEPEJ's Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Mr. Samuel Asange, commended the Niger State Ministry of Education for approving the establishment, and thanked the various schools for accepting and supporting the PEC initiative.
According to him, PECs will promote a culture of peace and sustainable environmental best practices among young people. He said the PEC initiative gives girls and boys a safe space within which to acquire skills that will help them to navigate the challenges of everyday life, and also enables them to develop into healthy, responsible and productive adults.
He noted that the initiative will enhance their self-esteem, a major key to success in life, strssing that the development of self-esteem is extremely fundamental to the success and happiness of students.
The CEPEJ National Coordinator stressed that the PEC initiative would help to increase academic performance for those in school, support social skills and make it easier for members to keep healthy relationships, since they will be well equipped to cope with mistakes, disappointments and failures.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the management of the various schools, Media and some Civil Society Organizations. The Management of the schools gave the assurance that the inaugurated facilitators with integrity and are qualified teachers would do their jobs with commitment and diligence.
After the inauguration of the State coordinator, supervisors and facilitators, training and capacity building were conducted for the team by CEPEJ's Programmes Manager, Ideh Samuel at the various schools, using the Peace and Environment Club module.