By Stanley Onyekwere
FCT Chief judge, Justice Ishaq Bello has advocated for the infusion of human rights education into school’s curriculum, so as to strengthen children against exploitation.
Justice Bello said that children can be guided by human rights education to make informed choices in life, to approach situations with critical and independent thought, and to empathise with other points of view.
He made this assertion, in his keynote speech, delivered by FCT Chief Magistrate, Mabel T. Segun-Bello, recently at the 3rd Annual Secondary Schools’ Human Rights Summit (SSHRS), in Abuja.
He noted that having the right kind of education is a must for proper development of children and the society at large.
According to him, even in kindergarten, children should learn and experience the fundamental human rights values of respect, equality and justice.
“Today, at schools everywhere children should be thought that no human being can properly be defined by a single point of reference: not nationality, not ideology or religion.
“Every child should be able to grasp that this recognition of blurred crosscutting identities- of the wonderful diversity of individuals and cultures within our shared membership of humanity, which is a source of tremendous enrichment.
“As we gather here today, to listen, to listen, to empathise and resolve to act, may the students who benefit from this event, use the values that they have learned to create greater peace in Nigeria and the world,” the Judge stressed.
Also, speaking, Mr. Deji Ajari, Coordinator Sterling Centre For Law and Development, the organisers of the Summit themed: ‘Towards Effective Implementation of the Child Rights Act in Nigeria’, re-echoed the position of the judge.
He explained that the initiative aimed consistently sensitising young people on understanding and promoting child rights in Nigeria.