By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
A non governmental organisation known as Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC), has congratulated the Nigerian Children as they commemorate the 2020 annual “Children’s Day”.
CAMAC emphasised the need for Nigerian children to be given all the necessary care and attention, especially quality education, that they require to attain their goals in life and that concerted efforts must be done by all Nigerians to achieve a better tomorrow for the children.
This is contained in a Communique signed by its Executive Director, Mr Alex Uanbaoje in their efforts to celebrate the 2020 Children’s day. They stated that children have a lot of potential that must be carefully harnessed through good education and training.
While Commending the Federal Government for her post-covid back to school plan for children, CAMAC called on government at all levels to continue to formulate and implement policies and frameworks that can give the children qualitative education to reduce the high number of out-of-school children in the country.
The NGO expressed that “even though the Covid-19 pandemic came with fears and uncertainty, one of the positive effect of it in Nigeria is the attention it has brought to restructuring of the Almajiri system of education in the Northern part of Country.
Many of them are now being reunited with their families and also being enrolled in schools for western system of education which was never the case before the pandemic. The last few months have been challenging for both government and citizens, which has also led to the lockdown of all sectors of the economy, including shorting down of schools across the country”.
CAMAC, expressed worries that Covid-19 has negatively impacted on the education of children in the country even though some states have started e-learning system to keep the children in shape, adding that it can never be as effective as them being in physical classes.
They therefore reiterated the need for government to provide all necessities that will be required in the protection of children as they return to school after Covid-19.CAMAC, also encouraged children to adhere to the guideline given by the WHO and various governments on how they can be safe and protected during the lockdown and when they eventually resume school.
Children’s Day in Nigeria is aimed to raise public awareness of problems, that children face. About 42% of the Nigerian population are children and 1/3 of children aged from 6 to 14 don’t go to schools. Many children leave schools for different purposes and children’s rights are often violated.
CAMAC is a media advocacy group that focus on advocating for policies and programmes that favour vulnerable women, adolescent girls and children in areas of education, health, child’s rights, protection, development and survival, while also drawing the attention of government and other stakeholders to their plight, with the view to finding lasting solutions to their problem. As well as creating awareness and sensitizing the public on the above areas.