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UNESCO woos teachers to fight harmful practices against women, girl child

By Nnamdi Akpa, Abakaliki
27 September 2021   |   4:03 am
The EU UN Spotlight Initiative, in partnership with the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), has organised a one-day training on strengthening the capacity of 300 pre-service and in-service educators in fighting violence and harmful practices against women and the girl child.

The EU UN Spotlight Initiative, in partnership with the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), has organised a one-day training on strengthening the capacity of 300 pre-service and in-service educators in fighting violence and harmful practices against women and the girl child.

Speaking during flag off of the training in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Director of Spotlight Initiative for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Dr. Stephen Onyekwelu, said the event was organised to sharpen the skills of the participants in the fight against gender-based violence and other ills against women and girls.

Executive Secretary, NCCE, Prof. Paulinus Okwelle, called on the participants to take the training seriously and apply the knowledge gained in teaching their various courses in school and in everyday life.

Also, NCCE ICT Director, Mr. Pius Ekireghwo, observed that the training became imperative to equip participants with the knowledge to transition into the newly reviewed curriculum meant for the training of pre-service teachers for the basic education level in Nigeria.

“The concepts of Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW), Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Harmful Practices (HP) and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) are all embedded in the 2020 newly reviewed FLEHI (GSE 124) Minimum Standard of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, meant for the training of pre-service teachers for the basic education level in Nigeria,” he said.

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