A non- governmental organisation, Centre For The Advancement And Protection Of The Rights Of Vulnerable People (CAPRIGHTS-VP) has unveiled two manuals on sexual violence and juvenile delinquency respectively for schools in Alimosho, Lagos.
It said the two manuals will support teachers, counsellors and parents in the treatment of vulnerable issues and ensure they remain effective and efficient support base for young students in schools.
The unveiling coincided with the closing ceremony of Voices of Freedom project by the NGO and handing over of the project to the participating schools.
Programme manager for CAPRIGHT, Clara Kanu, charged the students to speak against any sexual abuse, bullying within or outside the school.
She urged school authorities to support the students in making their voices heard.
Kanu also implored the Lagos State Education Board to facilitate the adoption of Voices of Freedom platform in other schools and ensure the copies of the guidelines be handed over to them reach other schools.
“Our original plan was to pilot this project with government secondary schools but this is an opportunity to relaunch the partnership opportunity with government schools.
“With the commitment of the Education Board, CAPRIGHT team will be standing by to provide the necessary support that will ensure that the brilliant impact of this project is not limited only to schools in Alimosho.
“I therefore challenge the schools especially the students to keep the light shining, let the platform become more formidable than it is today and a force to reckon with both within and outside Alimosho Local Government Area,” she said.
Principal Education Officer, Education Sector Igando Ikotun Local Council Development Area, Azanda Abosede, charged students not to isolate themselves and implored parents not to involve themselves in any forms of violence.
“A lot are going on in school and even if the principal and your teacher is trying to cover something, please voice out and tell your parents.
“Don’t isolate yourself and always move in group. If the family is good, the children are good. When parents fight at home, the children can emulate that and that is why we must set examples for them.
“This programme should not be limited to schools but we can move to markets to speak with people because our children are the ones to lead tomorrow,” she said.
District Guidance Counsellor Education District 1, Agege, Ayodele Adeyemi said the bulk of responsibility on the fight against sexual abuse and juvenile delinquency rest with parents.
Ayodele advised the students to discuss with their parents when they return from school to help them know the burning issues facing their children.
Speaking with The Nation, Coordinator, Haske Primary School Mary Olagbegi, described the project as good, adding the school will continue to contribute their part in the fight against sexual abuse and juvenile delinquency.
One of the students, Iwunana Gift, noted they have been enlightened on various abuses and assured they will put in their best to carry-out the objectives of the NGO.