In 2017, NET secured a grant in the amount of US$3 Million from USAID to assist the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information (MoEYI) in reducing violence among students and youth.
The USAID MoEYI Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools Project sought to realise the following specific objectives:
- To reduce violence and critical incidents among youth;
- To reduce anti-social behaviour among youth;
- Engagement of parents and community in the behaviour change process;
- Providing co-curricular activities that will engage students and assist them to develop better social and life skills;
- Conduct data gathering and analysis and monitoring and evaluation activities that will continue to inform decision makers on the management of crime and violence, particularly among youth; and
- Build capacity in the MoEYI and its agencies, Faith Based Organisation, Community Based Organisations and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
The main beneficiaries are:
- Youth in the 10-29 age range
- 981 primary and secondary Schools
- 50 targeted communities
Project activities commenced in July 2017 with the prime objective implementing necessary measures to transform schools and their immediate surroundings into safe zones through a multi-layered, multi-sectoral approach, utilising community, parents, public and private partnerships in an effort to ensure a quality education system and raise the bar to benefit all learners, both male and female. The project was completed and the final report can be accessed below.