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Nigeria particularly the northwest and east continues to experience civil unrest including criminal activities such as kidnap for ransom and banditry. School pupils and students have not been exempted from these heinous crimes. Millions of girls have no access to safe and quality education, due to school closures occasioned by insecurity. When girls drop out of school, it becomes more difficult to reenter the school system. Out of school girls are often forced to stay home and take up domestic chores, which exposes them to greater threats of domestic violence. However, when girls have access to education, they escape early pregnancy and marriage and are more likely to continue their education to higher levels. This, in turn, provides girls with the opportunities to fulfill their highest potential and become self-reliant. In March 2019, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the development of a national policy on safety and security in schools by the Ministry of Education to guide the implementation of the Safe School Declaration (SSD) nationwide.
The National Policy on Safety, Security and Violence-Free Schools in Nigeria provides policy guidance; sets a standard for implementing comprehensive school safety plans; and provides prevention and response mechanisms at national, state, local government and school levels. The policy, among other things, provides clear directions on early warning, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and disaster risk management (DRM).
While some States in the northeast have begun implementing this policy with support from UNICEF, SAVE THE CHILD and other organizations, Kaduna State is yet to commence implementation which could be due to poor political will, competing priorities and lack of budgetary allocation. UNICEF, 2021 Report.
Girls Advocates for Safe Schools (GASS) Project implemented by SWAG Initiative seeks to ensure implementation of the National Policy On Safety, Security And Violence-Free Schools (with its Implementing Guidelines) in Kaduna State by December 2023 through girl led advocacy and media engagement.
It is against this background, that Stand with A Girl (SWAG) Initiative wants to conduct a need assessment on the status of the National policy on safety, security and violence-free schools domestication and implementation in Kaduna state. The report of this assessment will be produced and presented to policy and decision makers.
Provide contact of relevant stake-holders working on school safety in Kaduna state.
Qualifications and Experience:
The consultant must have at least a degree in any relevant field and experience with research especially on educational policies.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience working on educational issues and policies in Nigeria.
Familiarity with government policies on education in Kaduna State, the Safe School Declaration and National Policy on Safety, Security and Violence-free school for girls.
Develop and submit a Plan of Action that details the implementation plan to conduct needs assessment on the status of the National policy on safety, security and violence-free schools domestication and implementation in kaduna state. This may include all necessary arsenal that will be used in the implementation of the task.
Develop and submit a reporting template for the assignment- status of the national policy on safety, security and violence-free schools domestication and implementation in Kaduna State.
Submit a draft report of the review of National policy on safety, security and violence-free school domestication and implementation in Kaduna State for feedback from the SWAG team and relevant stakeholders.
Prepare a PowerPoint or most appropriate presentation of the report/findings for stakeholders debrief/ advocacy.
Submit a final needs assessment report of National policy on safety, security and violence-free school domestication and implementation in Kaduna State
Timeline: 1st Dec – 2 Jan, 2023 (4 Weeks)
Location: Preference for someone residing in Kaduna, but remote candidates in Nigeria can apply.
Submission: Please send your no more than 2-3 pages resume and cover letter to email@example.com
Application Deadline: 25th November, 2022 (11:59 pm Nigeria time)
Stand With A Girl (SWAG) Initiative is a registered youth led organization dedicated to ensuring that every girl in Nigeria no matter where she is born or found is empowered to fulfill her maximum potentials. Its goal is to promote a safe and supportive environment for the social, economic, academic and healthy development of girls in Nigeria.