The Open Minds Nigeria Project is a program initiated to engage youth in schools and vocational centres with sustainable skills through training, mentoring and training of trainers, reaching the broader population of Nigerian youths through public debate and substantial media outputs. The project uses the tools of civic education, instruction in critical thinking, media production and public debate to help young people – girls and boys – navigate their own way to positive futures: thus thinking constructively about social issues, engaging in supportive networks, and developing their skills for future employability. In the short and long term, the project is intended to equip the beneficiaries with knowledge and capacity that will ensure they do not become easy recruit of violent ideologies and doctrines.
This project is being implemented with the International Peace and War Reporting (IWPR), Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) and Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). As the hub of research and training, CDD is implementing the research component/field work of the project which is design to enrich other activities on the project.