Rural Communities are the direct beneficiaries of the Education Cannot Wait campaign and in the bid to have an inclusive campaign we had an inter phase with local traditional rulers, chiefs and elders in order to ensure they contribute to the educational development of their communities.
We hosted town hall meetings in Irhodo Community and Ajawini Community in Ethiope West Local Government area of Delta- state which were our host communities and we also participated in a townhall meeting in Sapele Local Government, teachers, parents, local government authorities and elders of the communities were present including representatives of the major oil drilling company within the region.
The agenda was to discuss the challenges in the educational sector and collectively proffer sustainable solutions including .all stakeholders.
Development excluding the people directly involved is a failed venture, hence the involvement of traditional rulers and leaders ensured a sustainable platform was created, as they embraced the campaign and encouraged indigenes both within and in Diaspora to be directly involved with the campaign and also ensured the local indigenes were open to the campaign. On this platform we were able to access the community town halls, the people and carry out extensive survey prior to the launch of the project. In conclusion the success of the entire project thus far is directly reliant on the involvement and support of the community leaders.