The Federal Ministry of Education is collaborating with the Universal Peace Federation to check all forms of violence and harmful practices against Nigerian Children
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated this in Abuja at a Stakeholders meeting to Inaugurate a Central Working Committee that will execute a character education programme for schools across the country.
Represented by the Universal Peace Federation, UPF Desk Officer in the ministry, Mrs Daata Hayes, the Minister Adamu Adamu, decried the increasing cases of violence inflicted on children, noting that it had affected their development and well being.
According to him, despite existing laws and policies to end violence against children, the acts were still being perpetrated in the society.
“This character education has to be entrenched in schools, government cannot do it alone, the parents must ensure they bring up their children in the way they would become responsible citizens tomorrow”
“If a child from home can come and bully another child, what kind of training did he get from home, the ministry will go all out to collaborate with the Universal Peace Federation in this critical area of character building, our youths have to be trained to love peace, shun social vices, especially bullying, cultism, we don’t want to loose any other child in boarding school, as a result of bullying”
Earlier, the West Africa Sub regional Director for UPF, Rev George Ogurie, while noting that 4560 teachers had been trained on Peace and Character Reformation, urged the Central Working Committee to see their selection as a great opportunity to contribute their quota to national peace.
“There had been a trend in the breakdown of traditional values, however, the character education that UPF promotes is based on Universal Values, we can look at the moral goals of education, maturity of character, family relationship and contribution to society. A good character is a disposition to right conduct, altitude and habit”, he said.
Representative of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, Dr Margaret Lawani and representative of the National Teachers’ Institute, Mrs Bilikisu Umar, who maintained that indiscipline, loss of Family values and conflicts were some major causes of social vices, called on parents to monitor their children and wards.
The committee comprises stakeholders from different Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
By JULIAN OSAMOTO