Safe Schools: BBYDI Charges Govt, Community Leaders, Others on Intelligence Gathering
By Kaosara Olayemi Oladimeji
The Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative, BBYDI has charged government, community and religious leaders to always assist security agencies with intelligence gathering and relevant information in order to improve security within and around schools in isolated and vulnerable areas where attacks can easily be carried out.
The call was made on Wednesday by Olasupo Abideen, the Executive Director of the organisation while addressing newsmen in Ilorin at a press conference convoked to commemorate year 2022 Global Action Week for Education (GAWE).
Abideen said community and religious leaders must assist security agencies with information and intelligence gathering, which is key to preventing some of these attacks on schools.
The chief executive noted that as part of the programmes, the organisation will hold an awareness programme on ‘Safe Schools’ in 50 schools across the three senatorial districts of Kwara State.
He added that a Community Townhall meeting involving relevant stakeholders to discuss how to keep our schools safe would also be held.
According to him ”We will organise workshops for teachers and community champions on the process of implementing minimum standards for safe schools, the roles of teachers and community members in safeguarding students, school emergency preparedness and response and evacuation drill. We will also distribute safety kits to schools in the State.”
He reiterated that the programmes would be in collaboration with the Kwara State Ministry of Education, Global Campaign for Education, and with funding from the development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) and the Ford Foundation.
Meanwhile, BBYDI has called on the Kwara state government to take more measures to improve security within and around all schools, especially schools in isolated and vulnerable areas where attackers can get away easily.
In the event of an attack on schools, leading to the destruction of school facilities, he appealed to the government to ensure quick fixing of the facilities and Increase funding for education.
He noted that bullying has been identified as a form of violence that makes schools unsafe for children, therefore, call on the government to implement policy and take drastic actions to end bullying and other related vices at schools.