Ugoochi Obidiegwu, one of the 2016 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellows, had the first edition of ‘The School Safety Summit’ to educate school owners, teachers and parents on school safety system.
The summit, which took place at Eden Comfort Place in Ikeja, on May 17, had in attendance senior stakeholders across security agencies in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Taiwo Akinlami, educated the audience on Child Protection policies and the benefits of implementing same. According to him, one of the responsibilities of school owners is to protect the kids placed in their care.
Mrs Rhoda Odigboh, a curriculum theorist and one of the panelists suggested that a day should be set aside, where safety scenarios are woven into all subjects. “This would help to impart the right knowledge whilst still teaching the original subjects” she opined.
The panel discussion covered areas such as safety education in the school curriculum, protecting special needs kids, efficiency of safety systems in school and importance of safety education.
Miss Obidiegwu was also the convener of the summit, said safety education should be a formal part of school curriculum and not just advice handed down by parents.
She advised the schools to take advantage of the Train Them Young Initiative (#2TYI), an initiate built to equip students with basic health and safety skills. She also encouraged teachers and school owners to put in place, necessary safety systems and train teachers to handle different emergency situations.
Also present at the event were; Mrs. Sofola from the Quality Assurance arm of the Ministry of Education, DRC Esther Sonusi from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Chika Chukwurah from Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and representatives of the Lagos State Safety Commission and the Nigerian Police.
Miss Obidiegwu runs The Safety Chic project- a platform set to reorient the society and boost safety consciousness in individual and businesses.