By Maryam Abeeb, Abuja
The Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has reassured the wellbeing of Nigerian secondary schools students and a conducive environment for learning and beneficial activities.
He made this known at training of over 100 young boys and girls on anti-bullying organized by ‘ I AM THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA YOUTH INITIATIVE’, a non-profit organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Federal Capital Territory Authority, Nigeria Police Force and the Universal Basic Education Commission(UBEC) held in Abuja.
He stressed that the Federal Government will no longer tolerate bullying in the nation’s schools, maintaining that the damage the act does to the mental, social and psychological wellbeing of victims calls for concern.
‘‘The wellbeing of every child is our concern.’, Minister reiterated.
Speaking further, the Minister of State said that it is his collective responsibility with Education Minister, Adamu Adamu to ensure that Nigerian children find their school environments conducive for learning and other beneficial activities.
The Minister of State said that bullying was capable of stopping children from being productive and responsible members of the society, hence, the need to urgently address the ugly phenomenon in the nation’s secondary schools.
According to the Minister of State, it is the responsibility of the entire society to ensure that ‘we bring up children who know that every other child is very important.
In their remarks, founders of the Initiative, 15 and 20 year old Renee and Zara Okocha, also known as the Okocha Sisters, said that the training was necessitated by their drive to kick illiteracy and bullying out of the nation by creating safe learning environments for students.
According to them, the ‘Kick Out Bullying in our Schools’ program was a great example of young people’s voices and how they can initiate anti-bullying programs to make a huge the difference on individuals, schools, and communities in the country.