Social Accountability Program

Social Accountability Committee (SAC)

The establishment of a strong Social Accountability Committee (SAC) is one of the innovative approaches of JeCCDO. Establishment of this committee highly contributed to improved basic social service delivery. The SAC at Bishoftu and Bahir Dar towns have been playing a significant role in organizing interface meetings between the service providers and service users. As a result, service providers have been improving provisions of social services delivery. Different organizations have been sharing experiences from the SACs, especially SACs located in Bishoftu town.

The Social Enterprise Approach

Engaging in social enterprise is the second innovative approach of JeCCDO. It has initiated the JOCTC in Bishoftu and generates sustainable income from hall rent, services, and accommodations. The income from this enterprise has been allocated for different social development interventions including response to Internally Displaced People. This innovative approach has been contributing to ensure the institutional and economic sustainability of the organization. Partner CBOs have been replicating this approach under their intervention areas and started supporting vulnerable people from the different profitable incomes in which they are engaged in.

The Grain bank business

The third innovative approach is the Grain bank business implemented under partners CBOs in Debre Birhan. The model insisted CBOs to buy different cereals during the harvest time and store it for seasons of scarcity. Therefore, to whoever facing shortage of supply, CBOs sale it with reasonable prices to their members and reduces burden thereby helping that community members lead more stable life.

Access to Basic Social Service

Education

Forty School teachers drawn from five primary schools were trained on the concepts and techniques of providing inclusive education. Therefore, trainees have refreshed and sensitized their awareness on how to support children with special needs. As a result of the training, trainees are able to identify special needs of children and to support them accordingly. 

Awareness-raising workshops on hygiene and sanitations were organized at five schools for 3,375 people (1907F). The workshop gave insights for students on how to keep personal hygiene as well as on how to clean the environment, and the school compounds. After the workshop, target schools  have started facilitating campaigns to keep clean school compounds and sanitation facilities.

Enhancing operational and technical capacities of school clubs were among the results achieved during the fiscal year. Minimedia clubs as well as Girls & RH clubs were provided with material support. These materials were made accessible for the purpose of perform co-curricular activities and creating different opportunities for their members and for the entire students of the target schools. For instance, club representatives were trained on HIV/AIDS prevention , club management and conflict resolution skills using the materials provided.

Disadvantaged girls were provided with sanitation pads and shower services which made possible keeping their hygiene at schools. 

This has hugely contributed for reduction of rate of absenteeism and school dropouts. The mini-media and RH clubs were also strengthened with IEC/BCC materials. As such the support enabled clubs to provide better services . Similarly, better opportunities were created for the targeted primary schools’ girls in keeping personal hygiene including safe removal of sanitation pads and taking actions whenever incidences of pain happens during the menstrual periods. Moreover, 1543 washable and locally made sanitary pads were distributed for 393 disadvantaged girls .

Representatives of Girls’ Clubs on a routine discussion, Menstrual
Hygiene Training and Locally- made Sanitary Pad

Education is the basic and powerful tool to ensure development of a nation. Cognizant of this, JeCCDO sets education as one of its key intervention areas and central element of its community development processes since its inception. JeCCDO’s education program is designed to empower citizens to enable them to realize their potential. Specifically, it is aimed at enhancing children’s and other community members’ access to education, quality of education, equity of education and relevance of education, among others. The following are the major sub-programs that JeCCDO is working on under the education sector:

Tutorial Program
This program targets in-school children particularly OVC and girls who are low achievers, and is intended to improve their academic performance.

Support for Girls’ Education
This scheme is specifically set to support disadvantaged girls with the aim of improving their educational access and success, and also their confidence and participation in extra-curricular matters. 

Alternative Basic education (ABE)
This program is suited to serve disadvantaged out of school children, and is aimed at creating access to basic education for them.

Functional Adult Literacy Program (FAL)
This is tailored for illiterate adults and is intended to equip them with functional literacy and numeracy skill helpful in their daily life.

Inclusive Education Program
This is intended for children with disability. The aim is to enable them access education, remain and succeed in their education.

School Capacity Building Program
This is aimed at improving the quality of learning teaching process in target schools through trainings, material support and construction of facilities.

School Club Support Program
This is aimed at enhancing the capacity, participation and performance of school clubs in co-curricular works like Anti HIV/AIDS, RH, road safety, etc.

Early Childhood Education Program
This is indeed to enable pre-school age children of disadvantaged families access early childhood education in the target schools 

Library and ICT Services 

The purpose of this sub-component is to create access to library and information services for youth and children.