Eco-Community Networks

Community Empowerment

Building the power of communities in the program area has increased adaptation to poverty, climate and natural disasters while promoting the Eco Schools Program best practices through training on Sustainable Natural Resource Management (SNRM) techniques that enhance better utilization of natural resources for sustainable livelihoods fostering active citizenship

In the ESP-RBA programme Community Empowerment & Networking emphasizes community mobilization, sensitization and capacity building of School-communities and their own resource persons (CORPs) has proved to be an effective approach to facilitate skills acquisition and mentorship for sustainability of human resource, knowledge and information sharing at community level to accelerate children's access their right to quality education and meaningful community development

The empowered ECOPAs, Sub-county and District Networks are utilized as entry points to establish formal working collaborations with CECOD to reach out the Eco School community mentors and the duty bearers in respect to children's right to access quality education in the project area geared to engage and influence:-
  • 200 ECOPAs
  • 200 Eco Pupils Parliaments
  • 38 Sub County Eco Schools Networks RBA/CORPs from within the four districts
  • 31 Sub-Counties in the 04 operational districts
  • 04 District Eco schools Networks
  • 15,000 households
  • 60 CORPs i.e. 15 CORPs per district as the Capacity Building Group that is further trained as Trainers (ToTs) in the Eco School RBA concept. The department coordinates and provides technical backstopping to the Eco Schools Right Based-CORPs depending on the identified needy areas.

For effective replication of Micro projects established in project schools, the ECOPAs and Networks are empowered on village saving and Loaning principles (VSLAs) established as formal legal entity associations that work as economic safety nets for the community. The money generated through these VSLAs is used by members to support one another in establishing family income generating projects and conservation projects that would have been difficult to implement independently.

The VSLA concept has enhanced social transformation among our communities and improved on their saving culture and promoted active citizenship and parents' participation through people centered advocacy using duty bearers engagement meetings and radio talk shows to influence a wider community.