We’ll No Longer Tol­er­ate Bul­ly­ing in Schools, Min­is­ter Warns

THISDAY - - NEWS - Kuni Tyessi

For the main­te­nance of the men­tal, so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal well-be­ing of stu­dents, the Min­is­ter of State for Education, Dr. Chuk­wue­meka Nwa­ji­uba, has said the fed­eral government would no longer tol­er­ate bul­ly­ing in the na­tion’s schools, main­tain­ing that the dam­age the act does calls for con­cern.

Nwa­ji­uba stated this 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, the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Author­ity, the Nige­ria Po­lice Force and the Univer­sal Ba­sic Education Com­mis­sion (UBEC).

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.

“It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the en­tire so­ci­ety to en­sure that we bring up chil­dren who know that ev­ery other child is very im­por­tant. The well-be­ing of ev­ery child is our con­cern,” the min­is­ter noted.

He added that the min­istry along with the Min­is­ter of Education, Adamu Adamu, has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that Nige­rian chil­dren find their school en­vi­ron­ments con­ducive for learn­ing and other ben­e­fi­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

In their re­marks, founders of the Ini­tia­tive, 15- and 20-yearold Re­nee and Zara Okocha, also known as the Okocha sis­ters, 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” pro­gramme was a great ex­am­ple of young peo­ple’s voices and how they can ini­ti­ate anti-bul­ly­ing pro­grammes 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 Nige­ria.

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