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Saturday, January 19, 2013


I-MAP (illegal migration awareness program) and AVP (alternatives to violence project) are targeted at youths at risk in the society.

Since its inception in August last year in Lagos, Enugu and Abuja, we have organised out reaches to orphanages, schools, NYSC camps, remand homes, indigenous communities and anywhere we found youths at risk.

As volunteer peer educators, we do not only teach youths their rights as migrant workers (whether they are legal or illegal migrants) we teach them effective alternatives to violence methods, life planning skills and we encourage them to arm themselves with the information found in the Nigeria Immigration act. We also organise workshops where we train youths on skills acquisition and we provide linkages between these youths and vocational homes.

Keep a date with us on the 26th of January at the Aquatic water parks at ikeja for the I-MAP talent hunt and youth concert.
The talent hunt competition is open to all including students of  public and private schools. Areas open to contestants are music, drama, poetry debates, comedy  etc. There are lots of cash prizes to be won.

Youth peer educators will also be on ground to answer your questions including how to become a peer educator too.

There will be guest appearance by M.I, Joke Slyva, Dramin of the Stupidbots crew, Villy of the XVol, l band and so many more artiste, comedians and seasoned motivational speakers.

I-MAP is a PRAWA initiative in partnership with AVP and M-POWER and it is supported by the BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION, NYSC and THE NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE.

For more info call these numbers: 07031583987, 08166613428 or like our facebook I-MAP page.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Social Work- Brief History

It is only fitting that my first post gives a brief history of social work.

I would argue that Social work has its roots in religion- the entire life of
Jesus and Mohamed and the holy characters from Holy books were devoted
largely to supporting the less privileged and the vulnerable - Feeding the
crowd, teaching the masses, healing the sick and even raising the dead. Many
years later, Missionaries also carried out work akin to social work -
setting up and running schools and hospitals and food centres.

I therefore find it hard to extricate Social work from organised religion
and charity work. That said, I admire what has now evolved over the years to
be a distinct field of professional study - Social Work. This is where to me
the similarity between missionary social work and professional social work
ends. In more and more countries, Social Work Practitioners are regulated by
statutory regulatory bodies, which ensure that registered Social Workers
practice safely and in line with the published ethics and code of
professional practice and conduct.

But religious practitioners have not evolved in this same way, whereas they
continue to undertake roles that can only be safely undertaken by adequately
trained and professionally registered practitioners. Religious practitioners
and individuals may be well intentioned when they take on the role of
Counsellors, but do they really know and adhere to the ethics and code of
practice that professionally trained and registered Counsellors abide by?

Is there is safe space where clients problems are safely addressed and a
regulated feedback mechanism to monitor and review progress, change and in
some cases a safety net to manage relapse and regression? Do the clients
even know what they are signing for when they engage the services of
religious practitioners?

Do the clients know how their confidential information is processed, used,
shared and stored? Simply put, what do these counsellors do with the
information their clients share with them in confidence?

Watch this space!