UNICEF, Partners Train 840 Teachers On Safer Learning Environment

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By: Mayen Etim

SOKOTO, North-West, Nigeria – The United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) in collaboration with partners has trained 840 teachers in 210 primary schools on safer learning environment free of violence in Sokoto state.

Programme Consultant, Mrs Maryam Na’ibi, disclosed at the 2018 World Largest Lesson event tagged; “End Violence in and Around Schools,” held at Ali Fodio Primary School in Bodinga Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
According to her, thirty-five focused primary schools were selected in six LGAs, while head teachers, including teachers in classes 4, 5, 6 were also trained on the initiative.
She explained that the programme was part of the global education initiative conducted every year towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aimed to ensure quality education, safe, non violent environment in all forms.

The Local Education Secretary, Bodinga LGA, Alhaji Nuruddini Malami, described the programme as beneficial as it promotes safety of children and enhance relationships, and urged stakeholders to consider expanding the programme to other primary schools across the state.

He said that the programme has impacted positively on learning conditions and continues responsive actions in educational environments.

“Pupils were grouped and mentored on ways to protect themselves, discuss and identify ways on general violence with burning issues affecting school environments,” Malami said.

The programme which commenced on October 2, will end on November 20, 2018. The benefiting LGAs includes; Kebbe, Bodinga, Binji, Gudu, Wurno and Goronyo

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