Kwara proposes child rights clubs in schools

By The Citizen

Kwara government said it would establish child rights clubs in primary and secondary schools in the 16 local government areas of the state.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Ramat Abaya, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria  on Thursday in Ilorin.

She said the clubs would ensure that children in the state learnt about their fundamental human rights.

Abaya said the establishment of the clubs would be in partnership with various stakeholders and organisations like the Social Development Agency, Non Governmental Organisations, as well as Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

The commissioner said that 'the clubs will be established with the aim of teaching, creating awareness and sensitising children on issues bordering on their fundamental human rights.

'As voiceless, ignorant and vulnerable members of the society, such clubs will give children the opportunity to speak out on issues that affect them.''

She added that as future leaders, children needed protection and direction for the overall development of the country.

'They require special care and protection, hence the urgent need for the establishment of the child rights club and consequently a Child Rights Law,'' she noted.

She pointed out that the children's submissions and resolution would be collated and deliberated on by the state government 'so as to attend to their needs.''