ICEADA is implementing a youth development project named ‘Youth for Healthy Community Initiative’ (Y4HCI). Our mission is to make the youths (male and females) serve as agents of peace building, conflict mitigation and resolution

A healthy community is viewed as a peaceful and gender friendly community characterised by peace, tolerance, Mutual understanding, respect for constituted authority, respect for community values, and existence of sustainable livelihoods, and Learning opportunities which ultimately leads to security of life and property and sustainable community development.

The project is underpinned by the following theory of change framework:

—  To reduce vulnerability to negative radical thoughts and grievances, safe spaces for youth are required and necessary

—  Soccer is a socially inclusive safe space that can help change negative behaviours and promotes peace and healthy living

—  Increased dialogue among youth and between youth and older adults (especially key influencers) will help in improving security, increase youth engagement in peace and conflict mitigation and resolutions at the community level

—  Interaction among diverse groups including conflicting parties creates effective understanding and trust leading to reduction in violent behaviours and mitigating conflict

—  Creating spaces for adolescent girls and women to participate in conflict mitigation initiatives can help to reduce gender based violence and promotes peaceful co-existence

THE Y4HCI PROJECT VISION, MISSION AND GOALS

—  Vision: To have a tolerant and peaceful Kano State of Nigeria

—  Mission: To make the youths (male and females) serve as agents of peace building, conflict mitigation and resolution

—  Goal: To develop sustainable socially responsive gender-friendly youth engagement safe spaces for peace, tolerance and civic responsibility using soccer diplomacy

Project Objectives

—  To promote a peace friendly youth members in targeted communities in Kano State

—  To engage women and adolescent girls in community based peace promotion and conflict prevention initiative

—  To create gender-friendly safe spaces for youths to learn and share knowledge, skills and appropriate attitudes about civic duties and responsibilities

—  To develop in youths community organisation skills through soccer values of team work, team building and game spirit

—  To raise awareness about conflict mitigation and resolution through soccer competition teams

—  To manage and prevent drug dependence among youths to mitigate involvement in crimes and violence especially gender based violence and group conflicts

WHERE WE WORK AND WITH WHO?

  • 11 LGAs: Bunkure, Doguwa, Fagge, Garun Mallam, Gwale, Kibiya, Kumbotso, Madobi, Nassrawa, Sumaila, Tarauni
  • 16 COMMUNITIES: Bunkure, Dadin Kowa, Fagore, Ririwai, Yadakwari, Ja’en, Kibiya, Dan Maliki, Kumbotso, Panshekara, Zawaciki, Madobi, Brigade Gama, Sitti, Hotoron DanMarke,
  • 16 SOCCER CLUBS

—  Primary targets: Youths 15 to 35 years living in the 16 communities

—  Secondary targets

  • Soccer club players, Officials and fans (supporters club members) in the targeted communities
  • Out of school adolescent girls and young women in targeted communities
  • Community key influencers and older adults

OUR APPROACH

SNO

METHOD

ELEMENTS

1

RESEARCH

  • Informal surveys, Baseline surveys and end line surveys

2

IMPLEMENTATION PREPARATIONS

  • Development of community/club selection criteria, Networking visits, Selection /Mobilisation ,Material development, IEC Material

3

COMMUNITY FORUMS AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

  • Consultations, Dialogue, Awareness and sensitization, Training, Mentoring, Open days

4

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

  • Networking, Advocacy, Formation of Alliances

5

SOCCER COMPETITION

  • Events planning, Competitions, Award ceremonies

6

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Peace messages through WhatsApp, Face book, twitter

7

COUNSELING AND VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE

  • Drug counselling and Vocational guidance, Women Empowerment Support

8

M& E, REPORTING

  • M& E framework, Reporting Guide and timelines

 KEY OUTCOMES EXPECTED AT THE END OF THE PROJECT

  • —  Youth soccer clubs used as platforms for peace building and conflict mitigation
  • —  Community members learn and internalize non violent behaviours and peace building norms and values
  • —  Common forums for dialogue to be created
  • —  Improved perception of youths by older adults hence acceptance as agents of change
  • —  Enhanced use of non violent conflict resolution practices
  • —  Reduced Gender Based Violence
  • —  Consciousness about rights and democratic norms
  • —  Information shared by over 2000 volunteer peace friendly youths about peace, security and development issues in the community
  • —  160 women and girls attend sensitization workshops
  • —  480 women and girls reached with peace messages
  • —  At least 48 women and adolescent girls empowered through engagement in soccer competitions events and meetings
  • —  Over 2000 youths develop knowledge, skills and right attitudes about civic duties/ responsibilities
  • —  At least 20 counseling sessions to be conducted in 16 communities
  • —  About 420 youth trained on peace building initiatives and participates in community sensitization on conflict prevention and mitigation
  • —  16 Youth Soccer clubs participate in competition
  • —  About 2000 persons to benefit from sensitization on soccer values for community change with impact on peace building, conflict mitigation and reconciliation

The project is being implemented with support from the Embassy of the United States of America, Abuja, Nigeria.