Monitoring of the provision of educational/psychosocial support to orphans and vulnerable children in two public primary schools across Ayakoromo and Newtown communities in Burutu Local Government area of Delta state is the title of RIVCHO’s assignment under the GOJ/UNICEF/Min of Women Affairs. Government of Japan in collaboration with UNICEF provided relief materials for OVCs with emphasis on the girl child affected by the communal crisis which rocked these communities during the JTF/John Togo warfare. The aim was to see children return to school and normal life after the crisis subsided.
The following changes in Ngbilebiri Primary school Ayakromo and Ombutua-Owei Primary School Newtown were attributed to the project by staff and pupils of the schools, community and SMBC members:
- Increase in school population;
- Punctuality and regular school attendance;
- The provision of psychosocial support facilities and the meals for all the pupils have reduced the tension the provision of educational materials for a few number of pupils had raised; This has also eradicated stigmatization of beneficiaries;
- The pupils have become very happy and busier. Hence, they anticipate break periods;
- Increased number of parents ready to meet the educational needs of their children. For instance, some parents, whose wards did not benefit from the educational support scheme, have made new uniforms for their children. Hence, unguided it would be difficult for a stranger to identify beneficiaries of education support.
The Communities have also put in place their Sustainability Plan
- School farming programme in place and functional. Sweet potato, okra, maize and vegetables have been planted in school farm.
- School fish ponds structure in place but needs five bags of cement to complete it. In addition, fingerlings are also needed.
- They intend to approach rich indigenes of the community to solicit for their support;