Government urges schools to adopt child protection policy

The Lagos State Government has urged landlords in the state to ensure that the Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy is implemented in their schools.

The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, made the call on Monday during a sensitization program organized for headteachers by the agency. in collaboration with the Office of Quality Assurance of Education in Alausa, Ikeja.

She said: “Lagos State Government has put in place a Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy which obliges all child centered institutions, schools, health facilities, orphanages and recreation centers in the state to adopt the policy to ensure that children’s rights are safeguarded.

“This training has been organized to inform owners and managers of their roles in ensuring the implementation of this policy. Children are important to the human capital of the country and it is important that they are safe in our schools because many parents send them to school so that they are protected and not abused in any way.

A child protection expert, Mr. Taiwo Akinlami, explained that a child is a person with rights and the rights of the child should be respected.

“A child is a person, a being who reasons, who has a sense of judgment and the power to choose. Even though many in Africa do not recognize these facts about children, it is clear that children have their rights which are God given gifts to them.

“We must respect their rights – the right to survive, to develop, to participate and to be protected against all forms of abuse. A mismanaged childhood is why our world is where it is today, as we go back to how we treat our children in schools, homes and communities,” he said.

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