Amnesty International, others seek end to corporal punishment for children in schools, home

As part of the ways to end violence against children in educational institutions across the country, Amnesty International, Nigeria and other civil society organisation call for the complete abolishment of corporal punishment in schools and at home.

The Human Rights Researcher, Amnesty International, Nigeria , Fisayo Aransiola Fakayode at the concluded One -day Stakeholders Dialogue on Ending Violence Against Children in Educational Institutions, held in Abuja, expressed concern that violence against children is becoming too prevalent and it is the realization that there has been an upsurge in violence against children .

While citing an example, she said, Amnesty International documented perennial cases of violence against children in educational institution and part such cases is one Keren Akhergher, the 14-years old girl who passed on June, 22nd, 2021 from complications resulting from rape.

She said other cases documented was that of Sylvester Oromoni and Yahaya Aliyu Yusuf, adding that the Federal Government and agencies working on children’s rights as well as educational sector should come together to chart a way forward to ensure a society where schools and educational institutions are built on the respect for human rights.

Some of the challenges faced in the course of our efforts she said, are that; ” It’s been many months or even years that families and friends of victims have had to wait for justice to be served.

“In the case of Keren for instance, it’s been a long and very harrowing journey in trying to access justice for the late Keren. Her families still have questions that have largely remained unanswered and, we also have not seen adequate commitment on the side of government to ensure that Keren’s family and friends receive justice and so, for us, that’s a big challenge.

“And for Nigeria, who is a state party on the convention on the rights of a child and a signatory to the African Charter on the rights of a child in our own instance, here in Nigeria, we have domesticated the Child’s Act.

“So, we thought the government would honor it’s commitment made at International level by ensuring that girls and even children are able to have school that is safe for learning and optimally fulfill their potentials.

” What we have seen from the government is a lukewarm response and unwillingness to take drastic measures to curb all sorts infractions on the rights of the child.

She also spoke of another case of one Yahaya Aliyu who lost his life after being beaten by a teacher, noting that it is a grave violation of children’s rights.

Also, the Founder/Chief Executive of Center for Legal Rights Advancement, Prof. Ben Angwe corporal punishment is not the only method of discipling a child.

He explained that a child is a human being like an adult, adult do not also have unlimited freedom because your freedom ends where the right of another person begins.