ROHI Co-leads the children-parliamentary advocacy visit to the Borno State House of Assembly on 9th September 2021.
As the world marked the International Day to Protect Education from Attack on September 9, 2021, ROHI with other members of the Education in Emergency Working Group led a high powered children-parliamentary advocacy visit to the Borno state house of assembly where it was hosted by The Honourable Speaker.
With a view to providing a safe learning environment, the visit advocates for the domestication of the SSD guidelines in Borno state. Also, it sought the design and execution of a joint action that help to protect education from attack in the state. Equally, the move aims to empower children to be actively involved in ensuring their protection and education.. In attendance were the Honourable Speaker- Borno state House of Assembly, members of the House, UNICEF, Representative of the Education in Emergency (EiE) Working Group, SUBEB, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Borno state Children’s Parliament, Members of the press, Security Agencies. CSOs, CBOs. Etc.
During the event which focused on safety of education and preparations for the 4th International Conference on SSD to be hosted in Nigeria, attendees made their pleas and suggestions to the House for consideration. The Speaker & the Clerk of the Borno state Children’s Parliament presented a variety of challenges affecting education in Borno state which captured the following recommendations submitted to the House. Commitments and prayers:
- That the Borno state Government commits to the domestication of the SSD and the implementation of all its guidelines in Borno state
- That urgent actions be taken towards ensuring the fencing of schools, creation of pedestrian bridges and zebra crossing for schools located on the highways, creation of reporting desks & punishment for sexual offenders and many more efforts that the government can take to ensure that all children are safe and protected against attacks in schools.
- That the Child Rights’ Act be adopted by the House.
In his delighted response The speaker ensured every one of the support of the Borno state Government on the Domestication of the SSD, the adoption of the Child Rights law and the utmost support of the government towards addressing the issues and ensuring the protection of education in the state. The radio talk show also featured Honourable members of the Borno state Children’s Parliament discussed how children can have a safe and protected environment to learn in schools.