Through empowerment, change of attitudes and  perceptions, we  bolster youth and women participation in decision-making processes and take urgent action to challenge discriminatory practices and injustices in public and private life affecting them.

Strengthening Community Participation in the Home Grown School-Feeding Programme

Two town hall meetings SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C convened in Abia and Imo States brought together parents, pupils, head-teachers, class teachers, food vendors, community leaders, state coordinators and other grass-root managers involved in the implementation of the Home Grown School-Feeding Programme (HGSFP) in the two states. The town halls held on February 9th and 16th, 2019, respectively,…

National Home Grown School Feeding Programme: Summary of Findings and Recommendations

With 10.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria (UNICEF: 2017), the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) introduced the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) to provide one hot meal every school day to pupils of public primary schools, with a view toward incentivizing school enrollment, school attendance and completion rates in the country. By sourcing…

Homegrown-School Feeding Programme: Presenting Research Findings to Imo & Abia State Authorities

SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C presented the findings of its extensive evaluation of the Home-grown School Feeding Program (HGSFP) to the Abia and Imo State Governments on January 22 and 24, 2019, respectively. Backed with evidence from rigorous household surveys conducted in the two states—that directly engaged 8, 315 pupils, 669 parents, 88 public primary…

Black Panther: A Better Future is Possible

For the 29 young people from Lagos informal communities, Black Panther was more than just a movie. 29 of them participated in the March 28, 2018 private viewing session at Ozone Cinema, coordinated by SPACES FOR CHANGE’S | S4C’s Youth Development Team. Communities where these young people live, often called slums, is characterized by decades of governmental…

Mbaise Women Organize for Community Development

103 women of Umuanuma community in Nguru, Aboh-Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, gathered on February 16, 2018 for a one-day community outreach on fiscal justice and community organizing. The outreach designed to empower members of Umuanuma Women’s Association (UWA) had three primary objectives: to educate on how to organize themselves to advance their community developmental…

Challenging Frequent Police Raids in Urban Slums

  Young people living in the slums and informal settlements have one major pain: they are stereotyped and negatively labelled as criminals. These stereotypes and negative labels often provide justifications for security agents to frequently raid their homes and communities, arresting and detaining them in the disguise of fighting crime. Working in collaboration with SPACES…

KEHINDE ILAWOLE: We Mourn You!

We regret to announce the death of Badia-East youth leader, Mr. Kehinde Ilawole, who passed on on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The inevitability of death is a painful reality for all humans. The more agonizing aspect is when it strikes during the most active time of a person’s life. Every young person imagines the hour of…

Enough! Stop criminalizing young people living in the slums!

Miscreants. Street urchins. Drug addicts. Criminals. Thugs. Prostitutes. These are examples of the negative adjectives commonly used to describe young people living in urban slums and informal settlements. Labeling them in this manner often provides justification for security agents to routinely raid the spaces and places where they live, leading to the arrest and detention…