WELCOME ADDRESS BY MARGARET IYABO AYOOLA,VICE – CHAIR, BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Good morning to you all: Trustees and officers of Sponsor A Child, Good Home representatives, friends of Sponsor A Child and ladies and gentlemen of the press. Welcome to the Good Home Scheme Award Ceremony.
Sponsor A Child’s mission to see the human rights of Nigerian children implemented began 2006 in Sabon Tacha, an inner city neighbourhood of Kaduna South. With a grant from UNICEF C Field Office, Sponsor A Child held a workshop for orphanage caregivers at Faith Works Orphanage. The workshop’s first goal was to gauge the extent of caregiver knowledge of child rights/good practice or lack thereof. Its second goal was to introduce key rights principles to the caregivers.
The Kaduna experience led to funding from the US Democracy & Human rights Fund to deliver a series of investigative/instructive child rights workshops. These led to many, ongoing conversations with caregivers, educators and social workers in the North West, North Central, South-South and South West of Nigeria. What we have learned is that practitioners in child institutions are largely unfamiliar with the Child Rights Act 2003. Methods used during workshops (e.g. mock scenarios ‘What would you do if?’) showed practitioners unable to clearly identify violations of rights due to lack of or inadequate training.
With the development of the Good Home Quality Service Advocacy Scheme™, Sponsor A Child has answered the call of Section 2.2 of the Child Rights Act which promotes the ‘Best Interests’ of Nigerian children.
In partnership with 25 esteemed Good Homes – orphanages and early years centres, Sponsor A Child delivered 11 days of trainings between June and September 2014. These 1 and 2 day trainings taught care and education practitioners and social worker students of the University of Lagos, how to implement child rights and how to meet the government’s accountability requirements with respect to monitoring, evaluating and reporting on care service delivery in their institutions.
The outcome of the pilot Good Home Scheme™ will be significantly improved child welfare services in 25 Nigerian institutions. The will become increasingly:
- Protective of All
- Inclusive of All &Gender Sensitive
- Participatory (welcoming the participation of children, parents, community)
- Academically effective for All
- With a committed and effective leadership
In short, these Good Homes will become increasingly ‘child friendly’.
Thank you very much for your attention. Enjoy the ceremony.
MRS. MARGARET IYABO AYOOLA –
VICE – CHAIR, BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SPONSOR A CHILD
GOOD HOME SCHEME PILOT PROJECT
FRIDAY, 6TH FEBRUARY 2015