By Abdullahi Tukur
Nongovernmental Organizations, Active Support for Rural People Initiative (ASURPI) and Nana Girls and Women Empowerment Initiatives have sensitized secondary schools students and stakeholders on Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) in Kebbi State.
The sensitisation is in partnership with Development Research and Projects Centre (DRPC) and Ford Foundation.
Speaking on the sensitization at Government Girls Secondary School Alwasa in Argungu Local Government Area of the state, the spokesperson, Active Support for Rural People Initiative (ASURPI), Ibrahim Ngaski, said the idea behind having minimum standard for safe schools was to provide tools that would ensure safety of schools for smooth teaching and learning.
Ngaski, said the move became imperative in view of the vulnerability of schools in the country, hence the need for Government at all levels to measures in place that would provide the right to qualitative and equitable education for all.
According to him, Safe School Initiatives would be an immediate response plan to attack against education especially in states of emergency which involved abduction of students, killing of teachers and destruction of schools infrastructure.
He pointed out that, the initiatives also focused more on Schools Based and Community Interventions to protect Schools and take quick measures against risky situations.
Ngaski added that the sensitization would further strenghten the capacity of all the stakeholders to be more proactive measures to respond to any attack on educational facilities, such as abduction, killings and destruction of infrastructure.
Also speaking, the Spokesperson of Nana Girls and Women Empowerment Initiatives, Aliyu Adamu, stressed the importance of Safety measures and warning alert systems in schools considering the current security situations of schools in some states with high security challenges.
The stakeholders unanimously agreed on the need to ensure synergy to have safe schools and take actions that will make the initiative more effective.
The sensitisation had in attendance Teachers, Students, Schools Base Management Committee, Parents Teachers Association, Security Agents and Youths.