In coordination with UNODC Nigeria and NAPTIP, the Edo State NGO Coalition Against Trafficking in Persons (ENCATIP), launched in September 2009 the three state-wide awareness-raising campaigns in Edo State of Nigeria with special focus on minors in rural areas. The campaigns were carried out from October 2009 to February 2010. The awareness-raising campaigns targeted at school outreach and peer education were conducted until May 2010 in order to match with the school year curriculum.
ENCATIP promoted strategic partnerships to foster community mobilization and developed information tools and messages to key audiences in Edo State targeted at different groups like minors, in and out of school, women, men, opinion leaders, government officials etc. Among the main activities were: enlightening talks with youth, women and men, advocacy with traditional rules and religious leaders as well as meetings, seminars and workshops on critical issues regarding trafficking. Special emphasis was placed on working with schools and training colleges as well as Parents-Teachers Associations and other groups at the local level. The aim was to explore new strategic options allowing the incorporation of trafficking as an issue which is dealt with as part of other development efforts and to keep the fight against trafficking high on the agenda of youth-related grass-root institutions.
The activities included: