The Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Mrs. Bridget Anyafulu, has called on teachers to collaborate with state government and relevant stakeholders in the implementation of the Child Rights Law.
Presenting a paper entitled: ”The Role of Teachers in the Implementation of the Child Rights Law” to mark the 2020 World Teachers Day celebration on Monday in Asaba, Anyafulu noted that the success or failure of any nation depended on the well-being of the children, adding that the children needed to be nurtured and assisted to develop into responsible and productive adults,who would take over leadership of the country in future.
Anyafulu stated that the best interest of the child should be considered in any action taken in respect of any child.
”Considering the central role teachers play in the development of children, helping to nurture and build them up in terms of acquisition of knowledge and formation of character, teachers, no doubt, have a vital role to play in the implementation of the Child Rights Law.
”Except the parents, no other person is listened to and respected by the child than his or her teacher, which gives the latter ample opportunity and space in the making of the Child’s personality,” she said.
Anyafulu, however, noted that teachers were well placed to contribute meaningfully towards the implementation of the Child Rights Law, but regretted that that was not in case.
According to her, as at today, teachers are virtually absent in the implementation of the Child Rights Law.
”This is in fact believed by many pundits to be a major challenge in the implementation of the Child Rights Law after many years of existence of the law in Nigeria and several states of the federation, including Delta,” she said.
Anyafulu, therefore, stressed that there were various roles teachers could play in the implementation of the Child Rights Law
According to her, teachers are in better position to enlighten the children about the Child Rights Law through creation of awareness.
She commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the significant strides towards the implementation of the Child Rights Law.
”In the face of the dwindling state revenue and increasing stiff competing needs and priorities necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor has remained committed, increasing the efforts and investment of government towards the implementation of the Child Rights Law in the state,” Anyafulu said.
In her address of welcome, the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Oshimili South Local Government Area Chapter, Mrs. Maureen Okonkwo, said October 5 had remained a milestone in the history of the teaching profession since the signing in 1966 UNESCO recommendation.
Speaking on the theme for the 2020 Teachers Day celebration: ”Teachers Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future”, Okonkwo said the theme was selected to depict the crisis that the whole world faced and still facing with the invasion of COVID-19.
Okonkwo commended the Okowa administration for the massive rehabilitation and renovation of schools across the state as well as the implementation of the new minimum wage for secondary school teachers.
She, however, appealed to the state government to look into the non-payment of the new minimum wage to primary school teachers.