Action Health Incorporated (AHI) with funding from the MacArthur Foundation convened a project close-out meeting with the community-based organization (CBO) partners monitoring the Ogun State Home Grown School Feeding Programme in Ado-Odo/Ota, Ifo, Ijebu Ode and Sagamu Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Ogun State on Tuesday September 22, 2020.
To provide an opportunity for:
- Joint assessment of the project (Post-Implementation Review)
- Discussion of future plans and project closure
In her opening remarks, AHI Executive Director Mrs. Adenike Esiet, appreciated the CBOs for their support, resilience and team spirit in ensuring the success of the programme and thereafter shared the meeting objectives.
Following her opening remarks, the CBO partners shared their reflections on the project’s impacts on their institutions and the lessons they had learnt during the monitoring of the HGSFP. The CBOs mentioned that the project had strengthened their partnerships and collaborations with other organizations, as well as increased their awareness of the challenges in the education sector and the need to be involved in creating solutions.
CBO partners also shared the best practices that they found useful during programme implementation. These included:
- Production of scorecards helped to create a healthy competition between schools
- Awareness of the programme increased through the distribution of the Information Guide published by AHI
- Engaging members of the community through the use of the Community Watch Groups (CWGs) helped the communities not just to own the project, but to actively drive and ensure the success of the program
On the next phase of the program, Mrs. Esiet disclosed the methods that AHI would be adopting towards ensuring the sustainability of the program. CBOs shared ideas and valuable suggestions towards the implementation of the activities. They also expressed their readiness to support AHI in achieving the sustainability goals of the project.
The next steps for the project were shared with CBO partners, while each person shared ideas and recommendation for successful implementation The meeting ended with Mrs. Esiet appreciating each of the partners for a successful collaboration.