Building Capacities for the Effective Management of Secondary Schools: What AFRYDEF has done in Imo State, Nigeria.


The then Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education presenting his address at the opening ceremony of the 2-day workshop at NUT Secretariat in Owerri, Imo State


The then Head of Service, Mrs. Ijeoma Eronini declaring the workshop open


AFRYDEF’s boss, Hon. Remy Chukwunyere presenting his welcome speech to the participants at the workshop


The then Executive Secretary, Secondary Education Management Board presenting kolanut to the special guests

With funding from the Imo State Government, AFRYDEF trained four hundred (400) Secondary School Principals and Directors of the Imo State Secondary Education Management Board on Capacity Building for the Effective Management of the Secondary School System in Imo State, Nigeria in February, 2002.

Among others, the objectives of the project were:

  • To x-ray the failures of past teaching styles and management approaches in the secondary schools in the state.
  • To introduce the participants to newly developed techniques of managing students and public offices.
  • To identify problem areas and develop new strategies and action plans that will improve teaching styles, public sector management, counseling, etc.
  • To equip participants with practical problem-solving and conflict mitigation skills as ways of controlling and preventing crime and violence amongst students.

Resource persons drawn from the universities and the civil society engaged to do justice to the project objectives were: Barr. Uche Wisdom Durueke of Center for Peace Across Borders, Prof. Sabbas Asoegwu and Mazi Gibson Okoroafor, all of Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State.

AFRYDEF's Capacity Building Project for Principals in Imo State

A cross-section of Board Members of Imo State SEMB, participating at the workshop







African Youth Development Foundation (AFRYDEF) is a not-for-profit development organization established in Nigeria in 1999 to mobilize resources and to promote and support sustainable youth empowerment and rural development initiatives in Africa. Our Mission is to cost-effectively empower young people; women and children choose a better future for themselves through facilitating sustainable youth and rural development initiatives. In AFRYDEF, we envision a society where children, youths and women are viewed as assets and resources, and thus encouraged to develop their full potentials. For more information, please, visit or call +234 (0) 803 870 2075 or email:
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