Collectively Reducing Impunity in Education (CRIE)
FACE Initiative is increasing the fight against gender based violence in a new dimension in Bayelsa State of the Niger Delta through the ‘Collectively Reducing Impunity in Education’ (CRIE) project. The project funded by Oxfam Novib is mobilising students, parents, and school authorities in secondary and tertiary education institutes in Bayelsa State to develop effective response strategies to gender based violence against students committed by staff members (academic and non-academic), and fellow students. Even though this wide spread phenomenon seriously challenges the education opportunities of female students, so far, school authorities have failed to adequately respond to it. Students who refuse to give in often see their grades being unfairly degraded or may be exposed to corporal punishment until they give in or decide to leave schooling as there are not trusted procedures in school that these students could rely on in addressing this anomaly.
The CRIE project aims to establish effective response mechanisms to these detrimental forms of gender based violence (GBV) in 5 secondary and 1 tertiary education institutes (Oruma, Otuasega and Otuokpoti Secondary Schools in Ogbia LGA, Opolo and Agudama Girls Secondary Schools in Yenagoa LGA, and Isaac Boro College of Education, Sagbama LGA) through a range of interrelated activities which include;
Stakeholders’ engagement – to Map key stakeholders (government and CSOs) and their role in providing safe space for students
In-depth capacity building for student, school authorities, community members, caregivers and security operatives, equipping them with tools and skills to Identify what constitute gender based violence in school, cause and effects on educational development of student – particularly the girl child.
Develop Effective student friendly response mechanism by working in collaboration with the different stakeholders of the project in the design and implementation of an effective student-friendly Prevention, Protection, Reporting, Counselling and Referral (PReCoR) mechanisms;
Conduct student-driven research in the target to ascertain the occurrence of different forms of gender based violence (e.g. sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation), perpetrators (e.g. teachers, staff, students, out-of-school offenders), and identify safe and unsafe spaces within the school environment and generate quantitative & qualitative analysis of school related gender based violence in the target school.
Increase public awareness policy advocacy – to sensitise the public on gender issues and steps in seeking support from care givers through different medium (print and electronic) andadvocate for the implementation of recommendations from the student led research and finding in the course of the project
Major stakeholders of the project include Ministry of Education, Ministry of Women Affairs, National Orientation Agency, Nigeria Police, State Security Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, International Federation of Women Lawyers, Female Medical Association and target school authorities.
Secured stakeholders active participate in design of an effective, student-friendly Prevention,Protection,Reporting, Counselling and Referral (PReCoR) mechanisms Instituted counselling and disciplinary committees in each school to respond to violence cases Developed communication pathways to report violence incidences and sensitise student to speak out using the available structures Student now serve and peer educators and gender ambassadors, enlightening their peers on gender concepts and life skills to prevent violenceSchools and communities are collaborating in the fight against violence in school
Timeline: March 2015 – December 2015
Location: Ogbia, Sagbama and Yenagoa LGAs of Bayelsa State