Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Participated in the Launch of EU-ACT Peer-Learning-Platform (PLP) by British Council in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. The event which peaked after many training activities that started since February 2021 to build the capacity of Civil Society Organization (CSO) partners of the British Council, implementers of the European Union Agent for Citizen-Driven Transformation (EU-ACT) program saw all its partners in Rivers state present at the Launch. 

The program activities started with an introductory session with partners familiarizing themselves with the “EU-ACT Peer-Learning-Platform (PLP)”. The platform saw the grouping of the partners into four groups, two of which are further grouped into two categories namely “Action Learning Set-ALS” and “Benchmarking Club-BMC” with two members of each organization not allowed in one of the categories.

The facilitator, Temple Chukwuemeka Oraeki who is the Rivers State Focal Person of EU-ACT Programme of the British Council Nigeria, an International Development Consultant and Co-lead of RWSN Leave-No-One-Behind Theme described the ALS as when a “Group of people, often peers or at a similar level of responsibility and experience, from same or different organisation, coming together over a fixed period to find practical ways of addressing real challenges they face and to support their own learning and development”.

On the other hand, BMC is defined as “Group of like-minded CSOs (or people) coming together to learn about how to push their boundaries of performance to higher levels through mutual support and peer challenge”. With two representatives from each organization including Advocacy Centre that was represented by its Executive Director, Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface and Project Officer, Bere Letam Noble and the two person from each organization not allowed into one group, YEAC belonged to both the ALS and BMC. These groups on the platform launched would enable CSOs come together and learn about how to push their boundaries of performance to higher levels through mutual support and peer challenge. With this launch, all EU-ACT Programme partner-CSOs of British Council in Rivers State would be meeting from time to time to share ideas of ways on improve one another’s organizations practices on what works, what did work and how to make it work among the peers.