Education

4 UK charities launch campaign to end Nigeria school abductions

Published

on

4 UK charities launch campaign to end Nigeria school abductions

By Ruth Oketunde

Four UK charities have joined together to launch a campaign to draw the UK government’s attention to developments in Nigeria to secure schools in the West African country.

The charities are IA-Foundation, Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and the International Organization for the Consolidation of Peace and Social Justice (PSJ-UK).

Ms. Ronke Adeagbo, Founder and Managing Director of IA-Foundation, confirmed this development during a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nigeria has witnessed 12 armed attacks on educational institutions in which more than 1,100 students have been kidnapped for ransom and at least seven of them have been killed since December last year.

Charities are campaigning to get people across the UK to sign petitions to send to UK Minister Boris Johnson.

The aim is to persuade the Prime Minister, who is a strong advocate for 12 years of quality education, especially for girls, to show a stronger commitment to work with Nigeria to tackle the kidnapping crisis.

Nigeria is a staunch ally of the United Kingdom and a member of the Commonwealth, having been a former colony of Great Britain, which amalgamated the country in 1914 to form the most populous nation in Africa.

The petition is expected to be delivered to the Prime Minister through his special envoy for girls’ education, Ms Helen Grant, who is also of Nigerian descent.

The four UK charities in their ‘Safe Education Petition’ demand that the UK and Nigerian governments act decisively to protect schools from terrorist attacks and prevent further kidnappings of schoolchildren.

The petition which was unveiled in London, the British capital, earlier this week, highlights “the persistent failures of Nigerian lawmakers to help Nigerian students realize their potential.”

He urges the Nigerian government to fully implement the Safe Schools Declaration and not just make it a commitment in words but also in action.

Recurring kidnappings in Nigeria have prompted UNICEF to warn that at least one million students could miss school this year, due to increased mass kidnappings and general insecurity.

From October 25-27, Nigeria will host the Fourth International Conference on the Safe Schools Initiative in Abuja, which will involve the UK government and civil society alongside other international partners.

The petition also echoes the theme of the conference which focuses on “Ensuring Safe Education for All: From Commitment to Practice”.

According to Mr. Ayo Adedoyin, Managing Director of PSJ-UK, “Every child in Nigeria deserves a safe education without fear of violence or kidnapping.

“We call on the UK and Nigerian governments to do all they can to protect schools from terrorist attacks, prevent school kidnappings and promote support for mobile school units for displaced students.

“We also expect the Nigerian government to provide assistance to vulnerable communities across the country and hold those responsible for violations to account. “

Likewise, Baroness Caroline Cox, Founder and President of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust said that “Boko Haram and other terrorist factions have continued to target Nigerian schools.

“They are killing teachers and students. They also carry out mass kidnappings for ransom, demanding exorbitant sums from desperate parents.

“Public and private institutions are targeted, including Islamic establishments and schools belonging to Christian denominations.

“In some cases state and federal authorities have paid huge ransoms while in Kaduna state parents are forced to incur heavy debts due to the governor’s refusal to pay ransoms. “

In his own submission, Adeagbo said the Nigerian government needs to increase school budgets to ensure schools have state-of-the-art security infrastructure that would make students less vulnerable to attack.

In addition, CSW President Mervyn Thomas noted that Nigerian authorities responded to the wave of attacks on schools primarily by shutting down schools.

According to him, it is a blunt instrument that guarantees the safety of students to the detriment of their education.

“School should be a safe space for students to learn and realize their potential, even during conflict,” he added.

The public petition was launched on September 27. It is available at: https: //csw.e- activist.com/page/90511/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=oo.

Source: NAN

Short Link: https://wp.me/pcj2iU-3CyW

NNN

NNN: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor @ nnn.ng

Recent Posts

Oil magnate lauds TAJBank for expanding drive for non-interest banking Well-developed capital market’ll catalyse economic, infrastructure devt — Obaseki Anambra Guber: Police promise to be civil, firm during poll E-Naira’ll not affect commercial banks’ deposits – Adedipe Upstream Commission boss assures of increased investments in oil sector Cooking Gas: Experts task FG on massive investment, as consumers bemoan price hike Facebook changes company name to Meta OPEC, GECF express commitment to ensure stability of global energy market Medical Lab. Council inspects facilities in FCT, prosecutes offenders Coronavirus: Less than 10% of African countries will meet key COVID-19 vaccination target Guber poll: NSCDC deploys 20,000 personnel to Anambra CBN sensitises public on eNaira, other initiatives Strengthening the role of NOCs in Africa: Sonangol confirms its participation and diamond sponsorship in African Energy Week in Cape Town Nigerian govt spends N4.5bn to feed 228,646 pupils in Gombe – NSIP ASUU offers N100,000 scholarship to female ATBU student Leading forestry scientists call for freeze on new logging operations in Congo, urge governments to act Insecurity: PGF boss blasts Sheikh Gumi, says bandits must be declared terrorists Plateau Assembly crisis: Embattled Speaker holds sitting outside complex KAROTA sacks officer who caused traffic gridlock in Kano Troops deactivate 27 illegal refining sites in Niger Delta – DHQ As part of the launch of the second phase of the Aid for Trade Initiative for the Arab States (AfTIAS 2.0) program: US $ 15.5 million to support economic integration and job creation in Arab countries Buhari approves construction of N21.9bn 14-bed Presidential Clinic  Recruitment: Reps query medical research institute over alleged federal character violation Biden heads to Europe for G20, COP26 summits Insecurity: Nigerian Army inducts 60 new Armoured Personnel Carriers Aisha Buhari vows fight for women, girl-child education PenCom introduces non-interest fund pension contributors, retirees P&ID scam: Court issues arrest warrant against Irishman FIFA Museum announces ‘211’: a collaborative global exhibition on football heritage and culture Yahaya Bello presents N145.8bn 2022 Budget proposal to Kogi Assembly Toronto Raptors Vice President and President Masai Ujiri Joins Fremantle & Passenger Basketball Africa League Documentary Series as Executive Producer Libyan Oil and Gas Minister Mohamed Aoun to lead Libyan delegation to African Energy Week in Cape Town FC Barcelona appoint Barjuan caretaker coach West Africa bloc says Mali envoy’s expulsion ‘extreme’ Bank employee faces N2.1m theft charge in Lagos Oracle and Orange announce joint intention to strengthen digital infrastructure in West Africa Nigerian military confirms killing of ISWAP leader Mallam Bako, 37 others Nigerian military confirm killing ISWAP leader Mallam Bako, 37 others Nigerian troops kill ISWAP leader Bako, 37 others Drug abuse: 172 youths ‘went mad’ in Zamfara – NDLEA Network International annonce une croissance de 19% de son chiffre d’affaires au troisième trimestre Corrupt politicians using real estate to launder public funds – ICPC N22bn Earned Allowances: ASUU, NASU, SSANU at loggerheads over sharing formula Islamic State claims responsibility for Iraq’s Diyala province attack A path to greatness! Afolabi Oke, founder of Global Infoswift, featured in the November / December 2021 issue of Pleasures magazine Nigerian troops kills ISWAP leader Bako, 37 others Marriott International signs agreement with The Red Sea Development Company to integrate St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and EDITION into the Red Sea project in Saudi Arabia Kogi Assembly okays over N30bn supplementary budget for 2021 Covid caused record fall in migration in 2020: OECD Bayern Munich were not interested in joining Super League, club president says