The Itamapako Project: Recuperating Civil Society Space In Rural Nigeria (Phase III)


Community Leaders
Itamapako is a rural town in Ijebu-Ode Central Local Government Area of Ogun State. It comprises of several hamlets, towns and villages, among which are: Abidagba, Ereji, Iloti and Iroto. The project is aimed at strengthening civil society and rural processes that foster GENDER EQUALITY within the communities. This is to be achieved through series of social development initiatives driven by community women to meet prioritised needs of their communities.

Social Infrastructure Repairs Prioritised and executed by Itamapako Women.

Construction of School Building
An Organised group of women from Itamapako communities have made a five year plan. In the plan,  they prioritised improvement of community social infrastructures, such as the construction of a school building, with the assistance of the Educational Cooperation Society and partners,  the community leaders, and the Parents Forum (PF) of St Aloysius primary school. In this way, men and women of the communities themselves were directly responsible for improving their own community infrastructure, thus gaining experience in gender equality in development actions.

Plans for the Improvement of Health Centre at Itamapako
In order to promote gender equality and women participation in the public affairs of their communities, Itamapako community women carried out a planning event during which they drew up a health improvement plan, which will lead to improving some aspects of their health infrastructure and services in their health centre.
The women group also prepared an advocacy plan for use by community leaders to approach the local government authority. The group also articulated a plan to engage the youth in carrying out actual repairs that will lead to an improvement of the existing infrastructure and services at the health centre.

Improvement of Water Supply at Itamapako
As part of the activities to promote Gender Equality and make rural processes more participatory, the Educational Cooperation Society  organized women leaders of Itamapako communities to lead a process of articulating  plans for potable water supply and for meeting other social needs in their communities. There is no access to regular potable water supply in the communities that make up Itamapako. Also there are no concerted community plans by communities  to attend to these basic needs, or repair existing social infrastructure in the communities. The traditional roles assigned to women in the rural communities keep them from community decision processes, and even decisions that affect their lives. Through group workshops and focal group discussions, women of Itamapako were lead to carry out situation analysis of social services in their community, to reach a consensus and concerted multi-year plan of action.


Teacher Training on Civic, Gender, Rights and Environmental Education
Teachers from various schools in Itamapako & Ijebu LGA have been  introduced to modular, curricula on civic, gender and environmental studies, designed for teachers in primary schools in rural area, by Educational Cooperation Society. The sessions include training of trainers on the concept of citizenship, civics, gender equity and environmental protection. Also incorporated into the training sessions were themes such as human rights education,  child right situation,and issues of gender equality. The training is aimed at helping teachers learn to transmit these values to children at the basic educational stage.

Training for Community Leaders
The community leaders were gathered and trained on how to incorporate GENDER EQUALITY in community processes and in the social life of community members. They also learnt how to strengthen civil society and take good advantage of their community processes to build consensus, resolve conflicts and foster cohesion within the community. A Community Development Forum (CDF) was inaugurated to ensure that there is a local agent directly responsible to the community on the project to promote gender equality after project implementation by ECS.