UNICEF, NOA Empower CSOs in Kaduna with C4D Knowledge
By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
As part of efforts to improve the livelihood of children and women in Kaduna State, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA), on Monday commenced four day training for Civil Society Organizations in the state on Communication for Development (C4D).
The training which was exclusively for CSOs working around issues affecting women and children was meant to strengthen their capacity on C4D, improve their knowledge on essential family practices and at the end, come up with a C4D plan for 2020.
Speaking at the opening of the training in Zaria, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, C4D Specialist, Eki George, who represented the Chief of Field Office, Dr. Adams Zakari, said the draft plan that will emanate from the meeting will help UNICEF to support the CSOs in implementing some of their projects at the community level in the year 2020.
According to Mr. George, the training is not the type that will be left alone, but expected to yield immediate benefit, because the indices of women and children are not looking good in the state and country in general.
“Nigeria is among the three countries that has not allowed polio to be wiped out completely in the face of the earth, maternal and child mortality is very high, malnutrition is another problem, even the issue of water and sanitation.
“Our target this year is to ensure we empowers at least one coalition with C4D knowledge this year, the idea of working with coalitions is because we believed that partnership with people working at the grassroot level can better and easily be understood by the people.” He added.
On his part, Deputy Director of NOA in Kaduna, Alhaji, Lawal Haruna, urged the participants to make a good representation of their various organizations and contributes their quoter by sharing experiences to guide the draft plan.
He said NOA and UNICEF have long been in partnership on C4D for a long time, adding that the training will also help in updating participants knowledge on the activities of UNICEF and provide them a better way of communication.
The meeting was organized to train over 40 members of two coalitions of CSOs; Kaduna State Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM) and Maternal and Child Health Civil Society Partnership (MCH-CS), working on health issues in Kaduna, especially as it affect women and children.