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Global Action Week for Education: BBYDI harps on School Security in Kwara

 

In commemoration of the 2022 Global Action Week for Education (GAWE), which runs from April 25 to 29, the Executive Director of Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative, Olasupo Abideen has said that the organization is targeted at driving the domestication and implementation of the ‘Safe School Declaration’ (SSD) outcomes in Kwara State.

He maintained that the organization have lined up series of programmes to be carried out under ‘Safe School Initiative’.

Olasupo disclosed this during a press conference in Ilorin, Kwara State Capital, saying that GAWE is a worldwide annual event, which is organized to raise awareness on the importance of education for all.

He added that the Brain Builders will hold an awareness programme on ‘Safe Schools’ in 50 schools across the three senatorial districts of the State.

“We shall also hold a Community Townhall meeting involving relevant stakeholders to discuss how to keep our schools safe.

“During this week, hundreds of local, national, regional and glob civil society organizations and millions of people all over the world join together to defend and advocate for the right to inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, and contributing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal, SDG4”.

He said that this year’s events, which takes educational financing as themed under the banner ‘Funding the Future’, the organization’s focus is on protection of education in emergency situations and keeping schools and students safe.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Safe School Declaration Nigeria was ratified at the fourth International Conference on the Safe Schools Declaration which held in Abuja in October 2021.

Olasupo affirmed that the declaration was a commitment from governments around the world to keep schools, students, and teachers safe in times of conflicts, also to ensure that learning activities continue to take place during armed conflicts.

“The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attacks reported that between 2015 and 2019, there were more than 11,000 reported attacks on educational facilities”

He added that the Sustainable Development Goal 4 focused on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, and promotes lifelong opportunities for all.

“It is against this background that our organization, the Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative, is embarking on different advocacy programmes to drive the implementation of the ‘Safe School Declaration SSD outcomes in Kwara State”

Speaking further, he affirmed that the organization will also 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. Added that they will 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 Ford Foundation. 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”.

He however called on the government to take more measures to improve security within and around the schools, especially schools in isolated and vulnerable areas where attackers can get away easily, provide safe and accessible learning environments for children in emergency situations, ensure that teachers are protected and adequately trained and remunerated, and also organize regular training for teachers and students on what to do during emergency situations.

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