NGO Sensitizes 500 Pupils on Digital Rights in Kaduna Community
From: Femi Mustapha
A non-governmental organization, Kishimi Shelter and Care Foundation, has sensitized over 500 schoolchildren on digital rights in Kauru, the headquarters of Kauru Local Government Area (LGA) in Kaduna State.
During the event on Friday, Mrs. Grace Samuel, the Executive Director of the Foundation, stated that the sensitization was in commemoration of the 2023 International Day of the African Child.
Samuel explained that the event was organized in collaboration with Save the Children International (SCI), under the Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria (PLANE) program.
She mentioned that the sensitization was aligned with this year’s theme, “The Rights of the Child in the Digital Environment,” to remind stakeholders of their responsibilities in protecting children’s rights.
She emphasized that the global digital revolution has significantly transformed the world, and no child should be left behind in the pursuit of education in the digital age.
Samuel further clarified that the Day of the African Child, celebrated annually on June 16, draws global attention to the obstacles faced by African children in their pursuit of quality education.
The Executive Director urged parents and caregivers to support, motivate, and inspire their children to learn and acquire a quality education for a better future.
She disclosed that the Foundation is collaborating with stakeholders to address extreme poverty, which she described as a “significant barrier” to accessing quality education in Africa.
“We have established non-formal learning centers for internally displaced children, persons living with disabilities, and facilitated educational support for 10,546 children across 4 LGAs in Gombe State.
“In Kaduna State, we are working with SCI under Window three of the PLANE program to provide community support for learning programs in six communities of Kauru LGA,” said Samuel.
Mr. Michael Oche, SCI’s Community Mobilization Coordinator under the PLANE program, stated that the collaboration with Kishimi Shelter and Care Foundation would ensure children’s access to quality education in the area.
Oche highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty have forced many children out of school, particularly in rural communities, and PLANE aims to reverse this situation.
One of the pupils, Hafsat Mohammed, commended the event organizers and expressed how helpful the knowledge of the advantages of digital technology in learning was.
Mohammed called on the government and other stakeholders to support children in accessing their rights in the digital environment and benefiting from its numerous advantages.
Earlier, Alhaji Bashir Dawaki, the Chairman of the Kauru LGA, represented by the Vice Chairman, Mr. Augustine Baye, praised the foundation and SCI for their support.
Dawaki lamented that the lack of electricity in the area would hinder any attempt to introduce children to digital learning and urged the state government to address the issue.
Mrs. Hauwa Amwe, an official of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Kaduna State Wing, highlighted that most children in rural communities have been left behind in the digital age.
Amwe emphasized the need to expose children to digital learning platforms for improved learning outcomes.