Pupils urged to report harassment
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Social Development, Lagos State, Mr. Idowu Ademosu, has charged pupils to promptly report any form of abuse or harassment meted out on them by any individual through the dial code 767 and 112.
He handed down the charge to participants at a one-day National Education Summit in Lagos, organised by the Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, supported by the Executive Vice Chairman of SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi.
The summit themed: ‘Education in Nigeria: Effectively Managing Abuse, Violence and Security Issues,’ had in attendance experienced facilitators, government functionaries, private sector, other partnering NGOs and over 1,000 students from various public and private schools in the state.
Ademosu, who informed that government is readily available to assist and support every programme designed for children’s welfare, urged the children to remain focused in life so as to achieve their life goals.
The coordinator of the foundation, Mrs. Foluke Ademokun, stressed that the aim of the summit was to find lasting solutions to some of the problems confronting children in the country. She observed that the issue of violence and abuse against children in schools and within the society has become so common that the children need to be taught how to spot and report abuses around them.