Deputy Director, Universal Basic Education Board Mr Nsu Rabo, has called on teachers and parents to live up to their responsibilities by providing a conductive atmosphere for the girl child to speak out when faced with sexual harassment.
Mr Rabo, gave the call at a forum organised by a Non Governmental organization Aids Health Foundation AHF, in Abuja to celebrate the international Day of the Girl Child.
He urged educators to play their parts in nurturing the well-being of every child.
“My advice to teachers is to see the students as brothers, sisters and children, because they are future leaders”.
The event themed “Our Rights, Our Future” featured questions and answers and discussions on whom to trust talk with when faced with gender challenges as a girl child.
The Country Program Director, AHF Dr Echey Ijezie, said that a lot of girls have been traumatized due to lack of trust and confidentiality.
She advocated Comprehensive Sexuality Education that would enlighten the girl child to avoid behaviors that could lead to teenage pregnancy, STDs and other diseases.
“The need to avoid risky behaviour which can lead to unwanted pregnancies, HIV infection, that is why access to appropriate CSE is very important”.
“This is because the information you give to an eight year old is important but different from the information given to 14 years to 18 years to make sure they protect their rights and future.” Dr Ijezie noted.
Dr Ijezie, called on the Federal Ministry of Education to implement Comprehensive Sexuality Education in schools to promote the rights of the girl child.
In a remark, representative of the Ministry of Health, Francisca Osibe said the ministry had been working with relevant stakeholders to educate the girl child on sexuality and reproductive health.
Reporting by Sarah Gimba; editing by Julian Osamoto & Adeniyi Bakare