CCEPI sensitized more than 100 villages and community members on the importance of education for people. Out of School Children were restored to School and those that not in school should be in School. Target groups for educational support are 0-5 years pre-primary school, 6-12 years primary school and 13-17 secondary school. CCEPI identified poverty, ignorance of parents and lack of enrolling girl-children, lack of structural facilities, poor access to educational materials as barriers to MVP accessing education. CCEPI addressed accordingly with the relevant stakeholders and made advocacy visits to Local Government Authorities and helped enroll MVP in school. Therefore, in an attempt to address those barriers to education, CCEPI provided exercise books, school sandals, school uniforms and distributed them to MVP. CCEPI visited schools and have begun working hand in hand with Local Government Education departments. Some schools made policies and ensured the enrollment of MVP, exempting them from paying levies and fees. Some communities are checking the performances of teachers in order to improve their qualities. CCEPI volunteers helped MVP by visiting them in their schools and homes. A lot of these MVP have passed their exams and are progress is being made.
System strengthening is also part of Educational support where we build and renovated structures in different schools in various Cities, Towns and some Villages. CCEPI mobilized the community and constructed toilets at Wagga and Midlu Primary schools where the people and staffs have no toilets. We also renovated three toilets in Humbutudi Primary Schools and Junior Day Secondary School and Maksha and Primary Junior Girls Day Goverment Secondary School. The Secondary Schools in both Humbutudi and Masha are nearby the Primary and can also be benefited from the toilets. We also renovated Day Care and Nursery centre in Pakka Primary School and provided plastic chairs.
Youth from ages 14-17 who for one reason or another cannot be integrated into formal educational setting were attached with vocational skills acquisition centers and start-up grants will be given. CCEPI empowered the older MVP who did not attend school due to gender discrimination with sewing machines, barbering tools etc. We gave out 12 goats which now have multiplied. We also empowered household heads, the mothers of MVP and caregivers by distributing beans, flour, sugar, bags of salt, groundnuts and some other items and many were empowered and are doing petty trading, selling and buying foodstuffs, frying beans cakes, producing groundnut oil for personal use and as a means of small income.