Youth Friendly Resource Center (YFRC) formerly known as Youth Friendly Center (YFC), UNEC, was a partnership initiative between University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Ecobank Nigeria Ltd and NACA – National Agency for the Control of AIDS in the Presidency.
The Center (YFC) was closed down in 2012 after six years of service delivery. However with a very high level advocacy team comprised of top management of Ecobank and NACA to the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor B.C. Ozumba, the Center was re-opened in 2015.
The mandate by Vice-Chancellor for the Center to become functional, responsive to the needs of young people and beneficial to all parties, coupled with the recent directive from the Presidency for public tertiary educational institutions to seek partnership with the private sector, necessitated the restructuring of the Center as well as the expansion of its scope of services.
The Center now known as Youth Friendly Resource Center (YFRC) is a youth-connecting and improvement platform driven by public-private partnership.
The Center provides an effective and efficient avenue for other sectors of the economy (strategic partners) to join hands with UNN in promoting and providing functional (proper) education to our young undergraduates – education that transforms lives.
The kind of formal education the undergraduates receive today is lopsided and irrelevant (industrial age value). It does not stir and inspire the creative man within them. Levels of creativity are progressively falling in formal lecture/classroom settings.
YFRC aims to provoke and facilitate a holistic development of the young people in UNN as they receive the best non-formal, extra-curricular services from strategic partners, which complement the formal academic curriculum in equipping them for gainful employment, significant leadership and citizenship roles, boosting their prospect of remaining relevant in this 21st century.
The strategic partners are civil society organizations (Private and NGOs including Foundations), national agencies and bodies (including NEMA, NDLEA, NBTS, NAPTIP and ICPC), bilateral and multilateral agencies (including UN Groups).
The youth-focused programmes of these strategic partners on drug abuse, crime and terrorism prevention, human trafficking, leadership, integrity and accountability, conflict prevention and peace building, emergency prevention and management, HIV/AIDS and healthy living, volunteerism, environmental protection and sustainable development values, would be gradually institutionalized.
In addition, this multi-sector collaboration and partnership is in line with the sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, promoted by the United Nations, and could jump start and facilitate the implementation of the National Youth Development Policy (NYDP) in our universities.
The implementation of the National Youth Development Policy (NYDP) designed to put the young people at the center in addressing their needs, aspirations and problems (NAP), will certainly improve the outcome of their education and quality of life.
Certainly, Youth Friendly Resource Center (YFRC) is the one needful thing in our tertiary educational education. YFRC is even more urgent and relevant now that many public tertiary educational institutions face significant underfunding and have serious pressure to use their scarce resources efficiently and effectively.
Stated below is an excerpt of the MOU for the partnership:
- University of Nigeria:
Represented by the Vice- Chancellor, provides the office (furnished) and spaces to build and set up recreational facilities for the students/young people through funds mobilized by the NGO coalition
A coalition of NGOs mobilizes funds to build, set up and maintain recreational facilities that eventually become the university properties after a negotiated period of time.
The coalition in collaboration with other civil society organizations, national, bilateral and multilateral agencies and bodies, provide youth-improvement trainings, field-experiences, services and teachings (TEST) that are in-line with the university core values including United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace, and security.
Many private organizations and businesses have collaborated and sponsored many of the Center’s programs since its full resumption. The Center also has a working relation with many agencies and bodies both locally and internationally especially UN Groups as the Center is well positioned to dovetails their youth-focused programs into the curriculum, and the Center’s hinges on partnership, which is vehicle that will drive the sustainable development goals 2030.
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