By: Darlington Omotoso & Jennifer Gideon
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has expressed its commitment towards the sustenance of educational excellence in the nation.
Secretary of the FCT Education Secretariat, Dr. Danlami Hayyo, expressed this commitment, while unveiling the Gender Clubs manuals for schools in the Federal Capital Territory.
The Secretary tasked Principals of all Secondary schools in the FCT to take ownership of Gender Clubs in their various schools.
Hayyo urged the leadership of the schools to ensure gender responsive, safe and conducive school environment suitable for educational excellence.
According to him, the FCT Gender Club Manual was produced by the FCT Education Secretariat at a day consultative meeting on the scale-up of Gender Clubs in schools to further promote it.
The Secretary explained that the Gender clubs can play a significant role in charting the course for the systematic elimination of all forms of GVB in Nigeria; stating that issues of GBV are of great concern all because of its devastating consequences.
He, therefore, reiterated that the FCT Education Secretariat cannot overlook such menace in its schools.
His words: “many school children of both genders are deprived of basic knowledge competencies as well as necessary skills to enable them lead safe and productive lives”.
“Therefore, it’s important for the FCTA to institutionalize the gender clubs in all schools in the FCT as a way of strategy to breach gender gaps in education and harness the fullest potentials of our girls and boys,” he assured.
The Secretary added, “the manual is developed as an operational guide for the Gender Clubs in all FCT Schools.”
Also speaking at the occasion, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Leramoh, Director Admin and Finance, urged Principals and Head-teachers to take ownership of the Gender clubs; stressing its significance as a means of curbing violence, not only in schools but also in the communities.
Meanwhile, the Director, School Services, Mrs. Magdalene Uzoanya, enjoined Principals and Head-teachers to take ownership of the Gender clubs; stressing its significance as a means of curbing violence, not only in schools but in the communities too.
In her remarks, Mrs. Ramatu Ajuji-Habu, Director of Special Duties, and Anchor of the program, noted that it is common knowledge that Gender clubs are safe spaces established to build knowledge, skills, self-confidence and social network of girls.