ENVIRUMEDIC uses the following tools in her interventions.
Advocacy Tools – Governance
Reflect Methodology – Education
Human Right Based Approach (HRBA) – Poverty eradication
Participatory Vulnerability Analysis (PVA) – Conflict resolution
ENVIRUMEDIC has legitimacy in Delta State, has local knowledge and skills and contact with local communities.
Reflect Methodology for Communities/Facilitators.
REFLECT stands for “Regenerated Freirean Literacy through Empowering Community Techniques”. It is an innovative approach to adult learning and social change, which fuses the theories of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire with participatory methodologies.It is based on the theory of conscientization, pioneered by the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. The emphasis is placed on dialogue and action, awareness-raising, cooperation and empowerment. Adult learners explore development challenges and find ways to overcome them. Such issues become the basis for learners to be taught literacy and numeracy skills. By this, communities are encouraged to use these skills to generate income to improve their livelihoods. This empowering process gives an opportunity to freely discuss any issue including sensitive cultural traditions. The main task of facilitators is to keep the interactive dialogue on track.
Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA)
We embrace and respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent related United Nations and African Union covenants and declarations. The focus of all our work is to ensure that the rights of poor and excluded people are respected, promoted, protected, and fulfilled and they are our primary stakeholders. Also, we direct unrelenting attention on the responsibility, both of the State and of other power institutions and individuals, in respecting, promoting, protecting, and fulfilling the rights of poor and excluded people.
Partnership and Alliances
We work in partnerships and alliances with poor and excluded people, social movements and other civil society organisations. From the grassroots to the global level, such collaboration is absolutely fundamental to our approach. Working in this way enables us to maximize our contribution towards eradicating poverty and injustice while complementing the efforts of others. Local partners, for example, implement many of our field programmes, using their deep knowledge of local conditions, customs and politics that we could not hope to match.
In order to effect change, we engage critically with people, governments and institutions whose policies and practice are making or keeping people poor or excluded. Our engagement may range from cooperation to confrontation but we will always take a non-violent approach. Our tactics include providing research and evidence, promoting alternatives and running public campaigns.
Acting Logically and Globally
The causes of poverty and injustice often reside outside areas where the worst symptoms are found. We therefore act against poverty on all fronts, local to state, national and international. Our work to change national and international policies and practices seeks to bring lasting improvements in the lives of poor and excluded people, while our local action seeks to contribute to fighting poverty and injustice beyond the immediate communities involved. The LRP and other programmes will therefore focus on local to state level action mostly.