18 June 2021 by JULIAN OSAMOTO.
Students of Junior Secondary school Gwagwalada in the Federal Capital Territory, want the federal government to take proactive measures at ending insecurity in the country and improve access to quality education for all Nigerian children.
They made the call during an awareness visit by Save The Children International to the School in commemoration of this year’s Day of the African Child in Abuja.
In their separate presentations, one of the pupils, Master Asukwo Emmanuel said government should promote policies that would ensure protection of children’s rights and mental well being, provision of basic amenities, gender equality and health care delivery.
Another student, Miss Ukwuaba Pascaline who expressed worry on the hardship, poverty and incessant cases of kidnapping across the country, appealed for speedy intervention by government to avoid recording high rate of out of school children and early child marriage.
In a welcome address the principal of the school Mrs Okonkwo Florence, represented by the school Vice Principal Administration Mr Baba Samaila, while appreciating Save The Children International for the gesture, called on the Federal Government to tackle the challenges of security as it affects the education system.
Earlier, the Advocacy, Campaign And policy Manager of Save The Children, Ms Edith Gumut, said the activities of bandits, kidnappers and other violent crimes in the country had increased poverty, sexual and gender based violence and Malnutrition.
” For Africa to be fit for Children by 2040, We demand that African leaders focus attention on quality and safer learning environment, equal rights for all children, access to quality healthcare and potable water”.
Ms Gumut added that the visit was to increase students awareness of the challenges in the country and actions needed to overcome them.
The event with the Theme: 30 years after the adoption of the charter, accelerate Implementation of agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for Children, featured; drama presentation, poem recitation, distribution of Covid-19 kits and education materials to aid learning.