Chrisland School educates students on abuse, child protection
Chrisland School has emphasised the need to educate students on various types of abuse and adequate ways to handle them, while focusing on their mental, physical, educational, social, psychological and academic well-being.
Head, Research and Curriculum Unit/Chrisland Safeguarding Coordinator, Mrs. Oluwakemi Fajemirokun, stated this at this year’s safeguarding and child protection week.
Fajemirokun said the event was geared towards enforcing Chrisland’s child protection policy and ensuring that students, educators and parents are enlightened on the importance of child protection and safety.
She added that the programme was also aimed at educating students on the various types of abuse and how to handle them, pointing out that this year’s theme was chosen due to the realisation that some of the after effects of the pandemic had affected the well-being of children all over the world.
“This year’s theme was chosen bearing in mind that children can be affected by trauma associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, like depression, discomfort associated with continuous use of face mask and loss of loved ones among others.
“Some of these issues have been discovered to affect the mental and emotional well-being of children. It’s part of our duty as a school to ensure that children are protected, hence, our focus on their welfare, including their mental, physical, social, psychological and academic well-being. When children are safeguarded in their entirety, they showcase their best,” she said.
Fajemirokun said it is important for children to be sensitised on safety and measures to take when faced with any difficult situation.
“We started this four years ago, where we get our children to be aware of what it means to be safeguarded and protected. Since we started, we have received a lot of accolades from parents and the general public.
“The children are informed of their rights, they know when to talk, when to react and how to respond to any form of abuse.”
Part of activities at the event was election of safeguarding ambassadors, which comprised students from all year levels across all the school units. These sets of students are outspoken and serve as safeguarding ambassadors for their year levels.
Other activities included opening of the bulletin board, talk with educators and sanitary assistants, sensitisation of new staff, seminar with children, which was handled by safeguarding officers and a class -to-class talk on the importance of safety, how to handle an unsafe or abusive situation and how to attain total well-being.