Legal Defence and Assistance Project,Calls for Zero Tolerance to Sexual, Gender-Based Violence in kaduna

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Legal Defence and Assistance Project,Calls for Zero Tolerance to Sexual, Gender-Based Violence in kaduna

By:Femi Oyelola

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project, (LEDAP), has called for a zero tolerance to sexual and gender-based violence especially among school age children in kaduna state.

This was contained in a communiqué issued after a stakeholders meeting held in Kaduna yesterday.

The communiqué signed by the Kaduna state Coordinator, of LEDAP Michael Aboh, said there is a high rate of sexual and gender-based violence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The communique also expressed dismay about the inability of children at the rural area to access e-learning during the lock down.

The stakeholders who where from civil society organizations, Ministry of Education, Ministry of justice,, Kaduna state universal basic education board, UNICEF,
and the Media had gathered to discussed strategies for the implementation of the Universal Basic Education, (UBE) Act in Kaduna State, saying even though the Act declared free and compulsory education for all, there is still a question, how free is the education?

The stakeholders noted that there has been serious loss of jobs and economic hardships that has hindered parents from sending their wards and children to schools.

“There are inadequate data collection on the enrolment and drop out of children in public schools.

“Inadequate data collection has hindered proper planning for infrastructure and resources for the daily running of schools.”

In view of this, the stakeholders resolved that there should be proper monitoring of education system, suggesting that there should be a committee to monitor and report parents who failed to send their wards to schools.

The meeting funded by the Malala Fund, urged government to strengthened the bureau of statistics at the local government level, simplify and increased access to the UBE Act.

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