A nongovernmental organization, Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative (BBYDI) has earmarked 50 schools across the three senatorial districts of Kwara State to undertake an awareness programme on ‘Safe Schools’.
The group would also hold community townhall meeting with relevant stakeholders to discuss how to keep schools safe in view of the preponderance of attacks on schools in the country.
BBYDI Executive Director, Olasupo Abideen, spoke in Ilorin yesterday at a media briefing to commemorate 2022 Global Action Week for Education.
Abideen said the organization embarked on the campaign in collaboration with the state Ministry of Education, Global Campaign for Education, and with funding from the development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) and the Ford Foundation.
He said the project would not have been realized without the support of the dRPC.
Abideen noted that the dRPC through its Safe School CSO Movement supported 24 CSOs across the 6 geo-political zones with funding from Ford Foundation to conduct Safe School Declaration step-down activities and workshops.
BBYDI Executive Director described attacks on schools and students as a threat to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goal 4, which he said, focuses on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong opportunities.
He called on the government to increase funding for education.
Abideen urged the government to take more measures to improve security within and around schools, especially schools in isolated and vulnerable areas where attackers can get away easily.
He advocated the provision of safe and accessible learning environment for children in emergency situations where they could acquire the education and skills needed to realize their potential.
Abideen also challenged the government to ensure teachers are protected and adequately trained and remunerated.
He called on the government to implement policy and take actions that end bullying and other related vices at schools.
Abideen said, “As part of our programmes, we will hold an awareness programme on ‘Safe Schools’ in 50 schools across the three senatorial districts of Kwara State. We shall also hold a Community Townhall meeting involving relevant stakeholders to discuss how to keep our schools safe.
“Additionally, we will organise workshops for teachers and Community champions on the process of implementing minimum standards for safe schools, the roles of teachers and community members in safeguarding students, school emergency preparedness and response, and evacuation drill. We will also distribute safety kits to schools in the State.
“It is pertinent to note that we are doing these programmes in collaboration with the Kwara State Ministry of Education, Global Campaign for Education and with funding from the development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) and the CSO Safe School Movement
“Without the support of the dRPC, we would not be able to embark on this project. The dPRC has through its Safe School CSO Movement supported 24 CSOs across the 6 geo-political zones with funding from Ford Foundation to conduct Safe School Declaration step-down activities and workshops”.