FG Pledges Commitment To End Attacks In Schools

FG Pledges Commitment To End Attacks In Schools

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The federal government has pledged its commitment in ending attacks in school in the country.

The minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu stated this during the commemoration of the 2022 International Day to Protect Education from Attack on Friday.

The minister who was representated by the Permanent Secretary of the , David Adejo stated that because the government takes the protection of schools from Attack seriously, Nigeria was amongst the first 37 countries that joined the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) when it was first opened for endorsement in 2015.

“The Declaration is an inter-governmental political commitment by states to better protect schools and universities, their students and staff, during armed conflict. President Muhammadu Buhari, in December 2019, signed the instrument for ratification of the Declaration demonstrating the country’s commitment to its implementation and readiness to uphold the principles,” he said  

He added that in line with the domestication of SSD, the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) developed the National Policy on Safety, Security, and Violence-Free Schools (NPSSVFS) as part of the government’s commitment to safeguarding and protecting learners, teachers, and education personnel to aid uniformity in the domestication nationwide.

The minister added that to ensure effective implementation of SSD documents, an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Safe Schools Declaration was inaugurated, adding that plans are underway for the launch and dissemination of the developed SSD documents to the grassroots.

He stated that the government with, relevant security agencies, Education in Emergencies Working Group, (EiEWG), and all the relevant stakeholders are continually working hard to highlight the aims of ending attacks on education and to ensure a safe, enabling learning environment.

“On that note I thank our Development Partners such as UNICEF, PLAN International, Save the Child Initiative, GOAL Prime, Development Research and Projects Centre (DRPC). Street Child International, all the Civil Society Organizations,” he said.