Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Young Farmers Club Initiative
Explain your project in details:
Goal: The overall goal of the project is to promote children and youth participation in farming and agricultural activities geared at providing many food, health and social benefits inherent in agricultural activities and forms a greater sense of empowerment that will expand beyond the school premises into everyday life. Objectives: 1. To increase children and youth participation opportunities in agriculture, home economics and physical activity in a sustainable manner. 2. To build capacity of the school agricultural science teachers and local youth to enhance provision of farming and agricultural activity services. 3. To build leadership capacity of the students and groom them to lead a purpose driven life. 3. To increase the level of participation in farming and agricultural activity for children and youth in Ibadan South West to improve their health and well-being. 4. To prepare members to be self-employed, thus reducing over dependence on government Jobs. And also help to develop their creativity, provide an avenue for socialization as well as explore gifts and talents. Main Activities: 1. Identification of teachers and student leaders among the school community to form the club officers and leaders. 2. Preparation of training/coaching manuals for teachers and student leaders in agricultural practices. Conduct a one-day launch to publicize the project 3. Training of the student community/members of the club on the Agricultural and food preparation practices. 4. Farm setting and Commencement of club activities. 5. Regular training by invited experts from the Agricultural research institute in Ibadan South West. 6. Harvesting and Collection of Farm Produce. 7. Evaluation of Project workshop. 8. Writing the Project Report
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
MONITORING AND EVALUATION The Club Leaders and Advisory committee will monitor the implementation of the project to ensure that the goal, objectives and expected outcomes are achieved. The Project Officer (who will most often be the Agricultural science Teachers/a teacher that is passionate about farming) will ensure the running of the school farm. Reports will be written to evaluate the project for improvement and assessing the objectives against outcomes. At the end of the academic year, there will be an evaluation meeting between the Student Leaders, Advisory Committee and Club Leaders. Monitoring and Evaluation will involve: 1. identifying increase in knowledge and interest of the student in Farming and Agriculture, 2. the success recorded in farm produce, 3. identifying increase in leadership capacity of the student leaders.
Sustainability and future plans
The Young Farmers Club will embark on a farming experience on a school farm sited within the school premises. The farm project will be starting on a lean start-up especially since most operational tools and other resources (such as land and other structures) are available within the school. The School Farm is established mainly for learning purpose and will depends on donations and support from members, school staffs, host community and the general public in its first year. In implementing this project, student members will prepare the farm yard while donors provide start up seedling and others prerequisites in its first farming year. Produce harvested from the farm will be shared into 3 parts; Part 1; will be sold to procure new seedlings, animal juveniles and other prerequisites for farming the following farming year. This is to awaken their entrepreneurship mindset, sharpen their marketing skills and train them profit making from their future ventures. And ensure project continuity and sustainability beyond external funding. Part 2; will be shared among members as their benefit from working in the farming process. This will press home the idea that each member can actually make their family food on their own perhaps in a garden around their respective houses. Part 3; will be given to charity. Service to humanity is an enviable effort and a social responsibility of every member of a community. Hence, the student will be thought the act of keeping and maintaining a self sustaining community by exercising their community social responsibility. During the course of the pilot project we hope to train teachers and Youth Corp Members who will serve as project officers and coaches to ensure that the program continues after it first year. The program will continue to be managed by the school and advisory committee.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Imoisili Irabor M. is an emerging entrepreneur; he is the Creative Director of Sil Clothings, a bespoke apparel outfit. Sil Clothings is a subsidiary of Sil Multi Creations, a registered business with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission. Although, a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, Irabor started his quest for self dependency from age 10. During summer breaks while in secondary school, he would set up a shoe-mending desk outside the house. The profit from this endeavour would usually be used to buy study materials in preparation for the next academic session. Upon graduation from university in 2013, Irabor started Sil Clothings while his peers were roaming about looking for white-collar jobs. Irabor identified the need to inspire younger generations to activate their dreams at a tender age to create a community of young innovators, inventors and achievers across Africa one step at a time. This consciousness birthed Project Defy Your Age, a social platform for educating and empowering the younger generations with basic knowledge and skills for relevance in their respective communities. Project Defy Your Age since inception in 2015 has trained over 1000 teenagers on leadership, entrepreneurship and vocational skill acquisition. It has likewise mentored over 15 teenager lead a purpose driven life. Irabor Imoisili is an alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center, Accra, Ghana, where he trained in the Civic leadership and Civil Society Management track. He led a team of 15 to prepare and presented a business pitch on creating a sustainable civil society organization which won the highly coveted 2018 YALI Regional Learning Center Cohort 9 Pitch Competition. A Nigerian Kampus Awards 2016 Fashion Talent and Label of the Year award winner 2016. And a Nigerian National University Games (NUGA) 2011 BRONZE Medalist.