Yobe Youth Forum


The Yobe Youth Forum is a NGO CAC/IT/NO 128508, with the aims of providing capacity building initiatives for the enhancement of opportunities for the youth, needy & to carry out developmental projects in Yobe State. Follow our media handles to get the latest info about Yobe State

ALMAJIRI CHILD PROGRAM

 ADVOCACY & AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Yobe Youth Forum in collaboration with Almajiri Child Right Initiative (ACRI) on the 25th of May 2019 marked the Almajiri Child Right Day with a demonstration rally in Damaturu, Yobe State capital to advocate for the improvement in the Almajiri Child’s basic human rights such as shelter, nutrition, medical healthcare services and universal basic education. 

In attendance at the Rally were representatives from partner Non Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, youth groups and Almajiri Child sympathizers, who came from across all parts of Yobe State to show their solidarity and make their voices heard to our political leaders, who can come up with regulations to tackle the Almajiri crisis. 

In order to improve the rights of these Almajiri Child roaming the streets of Yobe State, more awareness needs to be created in each of the 17 Local Governments in Yobe to mirror that of the Almajiri Child Right Day, which takes place every year on May 25th. Areas to advocate during our awareness campaign includes: 

  • Provide access and equity to Basic Education for all Almajiri School age children; 
  • Discourage and gradually eliminate itinerancy and begging of Almajiri in the country; 
  • Support the emergence of an enabling environment that could facilitate the effective integration of Islamic discipline into basic education programme. 

STAKEHOLDER’S CONFERENCE (PARENTS, CLERICS, GOVERNMENT, DONOR AGENCIES, NGO’s & CSO’s)

There is an urgent need to bring together all stakeholders on a roundtable in order to provide a lasting solution to this crisis prevalent 

  • Federal Government (Ministries of Health & Education)
  • State Governments
  • Traditional rulers
  • Clerics 
  • Parents 
  • International Donor Agencies such as United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO) & Action Against Hunger in Nigeria
  • Non – Governmental Organizations
  • Civil Society Organizations

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

The Yobe Youth Forum successfully staged a #StandStillRally on the 25th November 2020, in front of Yobe State House of Assembly (YBHA) to officially handover Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP) 2015 to the Speaker, Yobe State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Mirwa, who was represented by the Clerk to the House, Alhaji Suleiman Aliyu. 

the Clerk of the House pledged to forward the official communiqué of the rally and a copy of the VAPP Act to the Speaker of the House of Assembly. He also reminded the group of demonstrator numbering about 150 that the Yobe State House of Assembly has passed the Child Rights Act and Anti Stigmatisation Act, and views the House as Pro Gender State House of Assembly. 

The 21 members of the Yobe State House of Assembly had unanimously pledged their support for the domestication of the VAPP Act prior to the #StandStillRally, so we expect within a matter of months the VAPP Act will be passed by the legislative chamber in the State as an Ad Hoc Committee has already been established in order to look into the VAPP Act and have recommendations for the floor of the House by the time the Act will be read on the floor of the house in January 2020.

The Yobe Youth Forum through its Gender Based Violence initiative, Yobemetoo went on a 1 hour live radio talk show program immediately after the #StandStillRally in order to answer questions from callers from across Yobe State. We also sensitised radio listeners about the VAPP Act and the need to domesticate the Act in the State.

The Yobemetoo Initiative also delivered a keynote presentation on the VAPP Act and improving access to justice for SGBV survivors at the 2019 Yobe State 16 Days of Activism conference organised by the Yobe State Ministry of Women Affairs in collaboration with UNFPA, UNHCR, FIDA, NCWS and local NGO’s such as Coalition of Youths for the Promotion of Children’s Right, Rescue Health Initiative Africa to flag of the 16 days of activism in the State. 

As part of our strategy to achieve the domestication of VAPP Act, we have appealed to all the SGBV NGO, CSO, developmental partners and relevant government agencies to jointly coordinate their efforts toward achieving a domestic violence-free society in Yobe State.  

GENDER EQUITY

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