Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCT Judge advocates human rights in education curriculum

The Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Ishaq Bello, has advocated for the infusion of human rights in education curriculum in order to strengthen children against exploitation. 

Bello said that children can be guided by human rights education to make informed choices in life, to approach situations with critical and independent thought, and to empathise with other points of view. 

He made this assertion last week, in his keynote speech, delivered by FCT Chief Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, at the 3rd Annual Secondary Schools' Human Rights Summit in Abuja. 

Bello noted that having the right kind of education is a must for proper development of children and the society at large. 

According to him, "even in kindergarten, children should learn and experience the fundamental human rights values of respect, equality and justice. 

"Today, at schools everywhere children should be thought that no human being can properly be defined by a single point of reference: not nationality, not ideology or religion. 

"Every child should be able to grasp that this recognition of blurred cross-cutting identities- of the wonderful diversity of individuals and cultures within our shared membership of humanity, which is a source of tremendous enrichment. 

"As we gather here today, to listen, to empathise and resolve to act, may the students who benefit from this event, use the values that they have learned to create greater peace in Nigeria and the world".. 

Also speaking, Mr. Deji Ajari, coordinator, Sterling Centre for Law and Development, organisers of the summit with the theme: 'Towards Effective Implementation of the Child Rights Act in Nigeria', echoed the position of the judge. 

He explained that the initiative was aimed at consistently sensitising young people in understanding and promoting child rights in Nigeria. 

A representative of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, decried that only 24 out of 36 states have domesticated the Child Rights Act, with a few implementing the law.

She therefore challenged children and parents to become advocates of the Child Rights Act, in order to achieve its objective. 

Earlier in his welcome address, Director General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, IPCR, Prof. Oshita Oshita, said a culture of peace and non-violence delineates the integration of values, belief systems and forms of spirituality, local knowledge and technologies, traditions and forms of cultural and artistic expression that contributes to the respect of human rights. 



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