Recent Events

On Thursday 2 September 2021 over 700 children of widows, widowers and persons with disabilities have been given educational materials and devices by the Human Development Initiatives (HDI) through its Education Trust Fund. While persons with disabilities got wheelchairs, hearing aids, walking sticks and laptops, other students got bags with writing materials, school sandals and mathematical sets, among other items. The Executive Director, HDI, Olufunso Owasanoye, said the programme tagged: “Supporting children with back to school kits” became necessary at a time in the country’s life, when education is in dire need of support from all and sundry. According to her, it is a yearly programme by her organisation since 2014.

Human Development Initiatives in collaboration with Daily Trust Foundation and Civic Media Lab carried out a research on six years of Universal Basic Education spends in Kaduna, Lagos and FCT. The report was officially launched on Thursday 30th January, 2020 at 3Js Hotel, Utako, Abuja. The launching was well attended by key stakeholders in the Education Sector in attendance are The Africa Director of MacArthur Foundation, Dr Kole Shettima, The Executive Director of HDI Nigeria, Mrs Olufunso Owasanoye, Representative of the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education, Representative of the Executive Secretary UBEC, Permanent Secretary Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs Abosede Adelaja, Lagos SUBEB, Kaduna SUBEB, PTAs, SBMCs, CSOs, Media and other stakeholders.

The report which primarily centred on the spending of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), in the three states revealed that 80percent of State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB and UBEC funded projects were completed while some were not with no deliberate effort to recover funds released for such projects.

Today 3rd December 2019, is a day set aside to advocate for issues affecting persons with disabilities. Therefore, Human Development Initiatives and ActionAid Nigeria with the support NORAD see the need to advocate for implementation inclusive education policy in Lagos State and Nigeria at large
We walked from Allen Round-About in Ikeja to Lagos State House of Assembly to present to the House key policy ask. We believe when a disabled child does get the opportunity to receive quality education like every other child, it help them to learn better.

A Day Out with Special Children 2020: Beneficiaries showcasing Educational Materials given to them under the HDI-Education Trust Fund project for orphans, children of widows/widowers and children with disabilities for the 2020/2021 Academic session

Human Development Initiatives with the support of MacArthur Foundation organised a review meeting with Independent monitors who worked with HDI to monitor the implementation of Year 2016 and 2017 Lagos State Universal Basic Education Action Plan. The meeting was held on Tuesday 26th November, 2019 at Suru Express Hotel, Ikeja.

A Day Out with Boys 2019 a special program for secondary school male students from district 2 and 4 which was held on Friday 22nd November, 2019. Mr. Tayo Alofun sensitizing participants on the theme “Boys Psycho-social life: what you need to know”. The students were educated on Drug Abuse, Contentment, Peer Pressure, Cultism and Bullying. We all have a responsibility to ensure that the male child around us grow to a responsible man that will be useful to himself and the society at large. The Teachers/Counselors were not left out, as a different session was held with them. The teachers’ topic was “The Role of Counselors in the Psychosocial Development of Boys”.

Human Development Initiatives with the support of MacArthur Foundation organised a two-days training on Building Effective and Efficient School-Based Management Committees/Parent Forum at GCC Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos on 19th-20th November, 2019.

Breaking Barriers, Tax Justice and Gender Responsive Project review and action meeting with Education stakeholders in Lagos State at Suru Express Hotel, Ikeja organised by Human Development Initiatives and ActionAid Nigeria with the support of Norad. Key focus of discussion has been on the state of inclusive education in Lagos State

Human Development Initiatives (HDI) with the support of MacArthur Foundation officially launched the Report of Implementation of Year 2016 and 2017 Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board Action Plans on Tuesday 30th July, 2019 at NECA House, Ikeja Lagos. The Lagos SUBEB gave HDI the approval to monitor Universal Basic Education projects across nine selected Local Government Education Authorities in Lagos State. To actualize this, HDI set-up  Independent Monitoring teams across selected LGEAs including: Agege, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Apapa, Amuwo-Odofin, Ibeju-Lekki,Mushin, Ojo, Somolu and Surulere

Human Development Initiatives (HDI) organised her annual Leadership Training program for Teenagers as part of her strategy to prepare Nigerian youths for future challenges and leadership responsibilities and thus play an active part in societal development. This year’s Leadership Training for Teenagers (GET GLOBAL 2019) was held from Monday 15th to Friday 19th July, 2019. Most of the participants of were beneficiaries of HDI-Education Trust Fund, who had completed their secondary school education.

A Day Out with Special Children 2019: Human Development Initiatives-Education Trust Fund on Wednesday 5th September, 2019 gave out educational material such as school bags, note books, uniform, sandals, and other material to 500 vulnerable pupils and students who are either children of widows/widowers, orphans and children with special needs.

Worried by the economic hardship and societal rejection faced by widows, Human Development Initiatives, (HDI)  organized her annual programme tagged “Life Skills for Widows”. The empowerment programme was for selected Widows groups who were trained on various vocational skills. The training was held in HDI training hall from 10th to 14th June, 2019 and 24 widows were trained during this program. 

The International Day of the Girl Child is a yearly event that is observed every October 11, it is designed to celebrate the girl child and increase awareness in the society about the challenges the girl child is faced with. Some of these challenges include access to education, child marriage, sexual violence, gender inequality, access to sexual and reproductive health information amongst others.
The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child is “GIRLFORCE: UNSCRIPTED AND UNSTOPPABLE”. The Human Development Initiatives in celebrating this day visited two (2) schools Ajigbeda Junior High School, Surulere and Onike Girls’ High School, Iwaya Road, all in Lagos state. The topic for discussion with the students was “Empowering the Girl Child for a Brighter Tomorrow”. 


On Monday 24th June, 2019, Human Development Initiatives Celebrated International Widows’ Day an annual event set out to celebrate widows globally. The programme was held at HDI Training hall with many dignitaries in attendance, such as Professor Serah Oloko, Chairperson HDI Board of Trustees and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development. 

Human Development Initiatives with the support of MacArthur Foundation on the 16th October, 2019 paid an advocacy visit to Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) at federal capital territory (FCT) Abuja regarding the MacArthur Project and to also request for year 2018 Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board’s Action Plan, which was released by the commission. Firstly, the team visited the office of the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, in his office with him was the Director General of National Teachers Institute Prof. Garba Azare.

Social Audits are a process of measuring and appraising various aspects of school management through the direct participation of and interaction between school stakeholders. In ensuring that Lagos State Government delivered to the masses an education that is free, quality, accessible to all school age children especially girls and marginalized children, on the 24th and 25th of October 2019, HDI in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria and supported by Norway Embassy organized a two-day impactful training on SMBCs Members serving as social audit in their schools in Lagos State was organized to deepen the understanding of participants on their role in ensuring government provide quality and accessible education to all children especially girls and marginalized children.