Written by Godfrey AKON

FG declares war against bullying in schools

The Federal Government has vowed to fight bullying in schools across the country following the damage it inflicts on the mental, social and psychological wellbeing of its victims.

Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said government will no longer tolerate bullying in the nation’s schools, a statement by the Deputy Director of Information, at the Ministry, Mr Ben Goong, said.

Nwajiuba said bullying was capable of stopping children from being productive and responsible members of the society, hence, the need to urgently address the ugly phenomenon in the nation’s secondary schools.

The minister spoke in Abuja at a training of over 100 young boys and girls on anti-bullying organised  by I am the future of Nigeria youth initiative, a non-profit organisation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Federal Capital Territory Authority, Nigeria Police Force and the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC.

According to him, it is the responsibility of the entire society to ensure that ‘we bring up children who know that every other child is very important, adding that the wellbeing of every child is the government’s concern.

Also speaking, founders of the initiative, 15 and 20 year old Renee and Zara Okocha, said the training was necessitated by their drive to kick illiteracy and bullying out of the nation by creating safe learning environments for students.

According to them, the ‘Kick Out Bullying in our Schools’ program was a great example of young people’s voices and how they can initiate anti bullying programs to make a huge difference on individuals, schools and communities in the country.

They disclosed that the anti-bullying programme was developed to teach Nigerian children to respect others as well as ensure that kindness and quality education continue to grow and develop in all schools in the country.

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