By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Non-Governmental Organization, Connecting Gender for Development, (COGEN), has trained over 1,560 women in Kaduna State to monitor the delivery of the Home Grown School Feeding Program, (HGSFP) in their host communities.
Even as COGEN said this is part of it drive to promote transparency and accountability in the delivery of government projects in the state.
A statement signed by COGEN’s Head of Programs, Courage Galah, made available to the media in Kaduna on Thursday stated that the training will better position mothers to lend their voices in speaking up for community participation and inclusiveness in government projects and making sure that their voices are heard even in the highest echelons of government.
“As part of the Cohort’s system’s joint mandate to ensure transparency and accountability in the delivery of the school feeding in Kaduna State, Connecting Gender trained local community women across three LGAs to monitor the school feeding program, forming an all women group called the Kaduna Mothers for Accountability (KM4A), to ensure that the project is properly implemented in the public primary schools found in those communities.”
According to the statement, the decision to build capacity of mothers to monitor the HGSFP was reached through a joint consultation with the Kaduna State Multi-Sectoral Committee on HGSFP.
The statement added that the MacArthur foundation HGSFP Cohort members in the state therefore activated this decision by training mothers for the establishment of the KM4A in the State.
“The rational for the KM4A to monitor the school feeding arose from the fact that mothers can be passionate about their children and generally show concern in how children are treated.
“Therefore, building on this assumption and taking into account that women have a role to play in governance, COGEN trained 1,560 community women whose children are in public primary schools in 106 schools across Jema’a, Kaura and Zangon-Kataf LGAs in Kaduna State to continue monitoring the HGSFP in public primary schools.
“The training took place between 10th-23rd May 2021 in Jema’a, Kaura and Zangon-Kataf LGAs. COGEN envisages that the women trained will begin monitoring the implementation of the school feeding program to reduce leakages and hold service providers accountable for their actions in implementing the project in Kaduna State.
“The KM4A is expected to work and build synergy with CBOs tracking the HGSFP,” the statement reads.
COGEN appreciates MacArthur Foundation for its support towards promoting transparency and accountability in the delivery of HGSFP in Kaduna State.
COGEN as MacArthur Foundation grantee, is monitoring the program in sixty schools in these LGAs; and also enabling community actors to take responsibility of all government projects domiciled in their communities.