The Federal Government has launched Educational materials for Basic Schools to address issues of gender based violence in schools across the country.
At the ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Education Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, explained that
the initiative was aimed at educating young Nigerians on ways to reduce violence in the society.
The materials which are learning guides for kids on how to identify and speak out against any form of violence was developed by the United Nations Educational scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO in partnership with other stakeholders in the education sector
Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, While presenting the educational materials to Stakeholders in the sector stated that the National Council on Education had approved its implementation.
He added that the initiative was part of efforts by the present Administration to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, as well as enhance basic skills that would enable youths live safe and productive lives.
“We have put the materials in readable form and we are using non Governmental Organizations such as NOGALSS to distribute this books in the classrooms, we understand that the Education of everybody is most important to address violence”
The Director UNESCO Regional office Abuja, Dr Moma Enang affirmed that the materials supported by Sportlight Initiative would address issues that affects women development, participation and speedy achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals agenda.
“This program is being implemented in eight african countries such as Liberia, Nigeria, Niger and based on six complimentary pillars ranging from policy formulation, strengthening quality data and others”
The National Program Cordinator Sportlight Initiative, Aisha Aminu, explained that the materials which would be distributed in States such as Lagos, FCT, Cross River, Sokoto and Adamawa were adopted in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The Executive Director Igbo Language and Culture Institute, Mrs Obiageli Ezeilo noted that selected teachers had already been trained for the program.
“This book is designed to enable children understand that violence against women and girls is a wrong thing and to always discourage any form of abuse” she said.
Mrs Ezeilo added that part of the project was also a priemier Television drama episodes aimed at educating youths on the dangers of gender based violence
By Jullian Osamoto