By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba says the Nigerian government will continue to ensure safe learning environments for all students across the country.
Nwajiuba also said the government would no longer tolerate bullying in the nation’s schools.
Nwajiuba stated these while addressing some youths under the aegis of “I am the Future of Nigeria Youth Initiative” in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Federal Capital Territory Authority, Nigeria Police Force and the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC.
The Minister stressed that the damage of school bullying affects the mental, social and psychological well-being of victims which calls for concern.
According to the Minister, “bullying is 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”.
He said it was the responsibility of the entire society to ensure that children are being brought up to know that every other child is also very important.
“The well-being of every child is our concern,” the Minister reiterated.
The Minister of State said it was his collective responsibility with the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu to ensure that Nigerian children find their school environments conducive for learning and for other beneficial activities.
Founders of the Initiative, 15 and 20-year-old Renee and Zara Okocha, also known as the Okocha Sisters said 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 the founder of the initiative, ‘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 difference on individuals, schools and communities in the country”
“They disclosed that the anti-bullying programme was developed to teach Nigerian children to respect others as well as ensure that kindness and quality education continue to grow and develop in all schools in the country.
The Okocha Sisters, who stated that they were young authors of over 20 school children books for first readers, said they look forward to being exceptional in the academics just as their uncle (JJ Okocha) has done in football.