The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, has promised that it will work with the Ministry of Education to ensure safe return of the released girls of Government Girls Secondary Jangebe, to school.
This is as it says it will also provide psycho-social support to not only the girls but their families, who have gone through trauma following the kidnap of their wards since February 26.
In a statement made available , UNICEF Nigeria Representative Peter Hawkins, said UNICEF was relieved with the release of the students from the hands of bandits.
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“We are relieved with the news of the reported release of over 200 students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School Jangebe in Zamfara State, north-west Nigeria, who were kidnapped during an overnight attack at their school in the early hours of the morning on Friday, 26 February”.
UNICEF called on the Buhari led Federal government to ensure adequate protection of schools, stating that schools should be a safe place for learning and not a risk of violence.
“While we rejoice at the release of the schoolgirls and look forward to their safe return to their families, we reiterate that attacks on students and schools are not only reprehensible but a violation of the right of children to an education. It is a right that any society can ill-afford to violate.
“UNICEF calls on the Government of Nigeria to take all measures to protect schools in the country so that children will not be fearful of going to school, and parents afraid of sending their children to school.
“Schools must be safe places to study and develop, and learning should not become a risky endeavour.
“UNICEF will be providing psychosocial support to the girls and their families and working with the Ministry of Education on how to ensure the safe return to school of all children in Zamfara State.” Peter Hawkins said.
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