FG Approves Implementation Of Safe Schools Declaration
FEC ratifies 2015 Oslo Safe School Declaration
The Nigeria Federal Government has been commended for approving implementation of the safe schools declaration in Nigeria.
The Education in Emergencies Working Group Nigeria (EiEWGN), a group made of civil society organisations, development agencies and government institutions, has described the decision of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to sign the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) as “a show of commitment to the protection of education, the rights of children, youth and other Nigerians to education in a safe and conducive environment”.
The ratification, which took place on March 20th, 2019 during the weekly FEC meeting, has now opened the door for the Nigerian government to put in place a national policy to guide the implementation of the SSD nationwide.
The Safe Schools Declaration is an intergovernmental political commitment that provides countries with the opportunity to express support for protecting students, teachers, schools, and universities from attack during times of armed conflict.
It highlights the importance of the continuation of education during armed conflict and the implementation of concrete measures to deter the military use of schools.
The Safe Schools Declaration was opened for endorsement by countries at an international conference held in Oslo, Norway, on May 28 to May 29, 2015.
While describing the FEC assent to implementation of the SSD in the country as significant, the group called on the federal government to “follow through on this milestone approval and issue a policy statement that would guide implementation of the declaration to protect children from attacks in schools and ensure their education continues without hindrance at all times”.
The EiEWGN also urges the National Assembly to put in place a law to support implementation of the policy.
The Nigerian government had expressed commitment to implement the declaration a year ago when it was signed by the Honourable Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu on March 8th 2018.
Our sincere appreciations go to Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, staff of the federal ministry of education, members of the SSD subcommittee of EiEWGN and every other stakeholder who supported us thus far.