A Kaduna-based non-governmental organisation, Enhancing Communities Action for Peace and Better Health Initiative (e-CAPH) with support from Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) under the UN Basket Fund project through United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA Nigeria), ha began training of 200 adolescents and young persons in diverse locations and skills.
The empowerment training, which was kickstarted with 20 adolescent and young persons in Rigasa, a densely populated community in the Igabi local government area of Kaduna State focus on management social and gender-based violence, COVID-19, SRH, and Life building skills.
Founder and Chief Executive Director of e-CAPH, Yusha’u Abubakar, briefed development journalists that, the training of the 20 beneficiaries marked the beginning of the project expected to last within three months.
12 young persons with disability were also included in this communication strategy, the implementing organisation says.
According to him, “this is the first step for engagement of 200 adolescents for training on different skills acquisitions which include the production of local facemask, reusable pads, bedsheets making, shoes making, and other income-generating activities that will empower the beneficiaries to be financially dependent.
“The 20 Adolescents will be mandated to group other 9 peers whom they will step down the knowledge gain during their skill acquisition training.
“This development will, in the long run, keep these young persons gainfully busy, self-reliant and there is the likelihood of them avoiding bad influence bothers in idleness.
Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) is a tool designed to support risk communication, community engagement staff and responders working with national health authorities, and other partners to develop, implement and monitor an effective action plan for communicating effectively with the public, engaging with communities, local partners and other stakeholders to help prepare and protect individuals, families and the public’s health during the early response to COVID-19.