Humphrey School's Wonosikou visits Humphrey Fellow alum Oyeleye in Lagos, Nigeria; Children Emergency Relief Foundation


Humphrey School's Associate Coordinator for the International Fellows and Scholars Program (and MPA alum) Pepe Wonosikou visited Lagos to see the work being done by Humphrey International Fellow alum Abosede Oyeleye at Children Emergency Relief Foundation (CERF).

A 2015-2016 Law/Human Rights Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School, Ms. Oyeleye founded CERF nine years ago to fight for the concerns of vulnerable children. CERF operates on the premise that every child deserves a right to life and an opportunity for more than just “a tomorrow.” CERF aims to set up programs that are sustainable and replicable. By providing aid to children in sectors such as education and basic amenities, CERF not only improves the lives of the children they are helping, they are also improving the surrounding community. Children who are supported and provided for by the organization are not only given tools to survive, they are given the tools to use later in life. As Ms. Oyeleye states in the organization’s mission statement, “anyone can be a change catalyst.”

During her time as a Humphrey Fellow, Ms. Oyeleye improved her capacity to mitigate child trafficking by developing her skills in advocacy, community and civil society engagement and collaboration, and gained a better understanding of national and international policies related to child trafficking. Ms. Oyeleye works closely with state agencies and NGOs to provide much needed training for community-based organizations in all 20 local government areas in Lagos State.

From Ms. Oyeleye's UMN Law School profile 2015:

ABOSEDE OYELEYE – NIGERIA

Ms. Oyeleye is the Executive Director of the Children Emergency Relief Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria. In this role she facilitates the creation of annual projects, co-ordinates activities with the National Council of Child Rights Advocates in Nigeria, and engages with relevant government ministries. Ms. Oyeleye holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration and Planning
from the University of Lagos, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ife, Nigeria. As a Humphrey Fellow, Ms. Oyeleye worked to improve her capacity to mitigate child trafficking by developing skills in advocacy, community and civil society engagement and collaboration, and gain a better understanding of national and international policies relating to child trafficking.


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