Education is essential to prepare internally displaced persons for life, for employment and for reintegration. For IDPs, education is a basic essential, as also, depending on age, are further education and vocational training.
Education can also be a tool for protection and for introducing tolerance, peace, and conflict resolution between opposing communities; for developing nations of intercultural understanding and dialogue; and for active peace-keeping.
IDPs require, in addition to the normal education, specific psychological care, cultural orientation and language training. This needs specially trained teachers and material.
While most education interventions have been focused on providing basic on site education to IDP residents, most interventions have missed out on preparing residents, particularly children for life outside IDP camps. This is gap that EDUKiD has been designed to solve.
EDUKiD, has been designed as a coaching and psycho-social class to prepare IDP residents at specific levels of education for preparation into the next phase. EDUKiD, will work with trained teachers and counsellors to offer both basic education, apply modern teaching techniques, counselling service to treat trauma among IDP residents, as well as using sports as a means of reintegration. We would also use the platform to solicit scholarship support for children who perform well during the course of the initiative.
PUBLIC ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE (PATH)
PATH is a strategic health initiative designed by FRAF to improve IDPs access to quality health care, with emphasis on children, maternal care and vulnerable groups in the FCT. The challenge for most IDP camp residents has been infrequent access to healthcare and medical supplies, lack of access to skilled attendants on site or having to travel long distances to access quality healthcare.
PATH is design to address these gaps in primary health care delivery that other initiatives and interventions have failed to address. Efforts will target facilitating the implementation of existing governmental programs including maternal and child health, expanded program on immunization, Hepatitis, TB, malaria and a malnutrition program as well as counselling.
Some of the interventions under this initiative include: Provision of a mobile clinic as well as medical personnel. This is our focal intervention and this service would be provided on site every week.
Other services include; provision of water purifiers, provision of mosquito nets, deworming of camp residents, regular basic diagnostic tests like blood pressure, sugar level, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, HIV/AIDs, contraceptives and family planning.
FRAF will periodically extend this service to communities around the FCT, while offering material and technical assistance to other CSOs, CBOs, FBOs implementing health interventions in affected areas around the Northern Nigeria.