The training held from the 10th to 14th December in Adamawa State. The first point of contact was a day with internally displaced persons (IDPs) at St Theresa camp in Yola where the Resource Team had a session with the group on the need for Safe- Guarding/Protection of children and offered psycho-social support to the IDPs to aids them overcome their challenges. The Participants were highly elated with the interactive session and called on the Foundation to fix another programme for them in the future said, Elizabeth Ayuba, who spoke on behalf of the group.
Thereafter, the foundation commenced training for 31 persons at Catholic Secretariat on Child Safeguarding/Protection and Peace/Conflict Resolution. The training aimed at promoting reconciliation and peaceful coexistence among the people of the state as well as engaging stakeholders on the need to domesticate and implement the child right act in Adamawa State.
The training had in attendance: Dr Bamaiyi Agoso, chairman Agency for peace Adamawa State, representatives of the Muslim Council Adamawa State Chapter and ASP (Name withheld) from the Juvenile and Women Centre Unit Yola Police division, Representatives of CBOs and FBOs as well as Youth organizations in the state.
During the programme, Dr Bamaiyi Agoso stated that for one to have a say in future he or she must embrace education because education increases productivity and functionality. By so doing, children can also be influence positively for a better future. He added that to address the challenges around education in Adamawa and Nigeria at large, government must recommend improving information on learning and strengthening of incentives to prioritize learning and encourage innovation and implementation of education policies. He cautioned the young people to always value humanity as well invest in education for an informed society.
Mallam Bashir Tahir from Muslim Council of Nigeria commended SELL Foundation for organizing the training and its effort towards building a peaceful environment. He noted that the training is timely as Yola is faced with issues of abuse, robbery and kidnapping. Bashir called on organizations and participants at the training to cooperate with SELL foundation through sustaining a peaceful environment and also accord support to SELL Foundation.
The training was engaging given that child safeguarding law is not yet domesticated in Adamawa State. The participants also expressed concern on how to bridge the gap between cultural issues associated with correction and child up-bringing in the African context such as corporal punishment.
In the end, participants are committed to create awareness on the need for creating safe environment for children as well as lobby for the domestication of child right act in the state.
Written by Emily Ranna Yinala
SELL communications officer