Gains Of Mainstreaming Child Rights Reporting Into Curriculum.
It is nolonger news that several children suffer one form of violation or another from their parents, guardians, tutors and even peers on daily basis. It is however suprising that not much have been achieved to bring perpetrators of such acts to book despite the existence of the child’s rights act which is presently implemented in 28 states of the federation.
The situation however may have influenced the renewed call as championed by the United Nations Children Fund UNICEF on government at all levels to ensure that the Nigerian Child is protected and allowed to enjoy all amenities and rights accruable to him or her. In a just concluded 2-day Training of Trainers Workshop on the Reviewed Curriculum of Child Rights Reporting” organised in collaboration with the Child Right Information Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and UNICEF in Lagos, participants drawn from the academia and the media agreed on the need to change the narrative by way of institutionalizing CRA to keep the next generation abreast of their basic rights.
However, one of the facilitators of the workshop Dr Uche Anune indicated reasons why the media have nor live up to expectation in reporting CRA related stories.
Just as Nigeria and other nations of the world observe the international Human rights day every December 10, it is expected that such international celebrations cannot be said to have achieved it’s aim in the country especially as abuse in all it’s forms are a daily reality for many Nigerian children and only a faction ever receive help.
It is however imperative that the Nigerian government and relevant stakeholders in child protection services show greater commitment towards the actualisation of the Child Rights Act.