Report on the Child Rights Conference held at S.T. & T. Regency International School

By CDHR

On the 21st of November 2018, the Lagos State Branch of CDHR organized a conference on Child Rights at S.T. & T. Regency International School, Ikeja, G.R.A.

The programme was organised with the aim of educating children about their rights under the law and inspiring them to speak up in the face of any infringement.

Among those present to address the students were Mrs. Falana, Mr. Olumide Fusika (SAN) who was ably represented by Mrs. Nafisat Banks, Mr. Achuke Chudi and Mr. Malachy Ugwummadu Esq, President of CDHR.

Mrs. Falana addressed the students on their rights by making reference to the Child Rights Act, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, among others. She spoke about the unfortunate realities of how children were being exploited and abused by adults and instructed the children to be vigilant in the face of such dangers. This was followed by a brief question and answer session.

Mr. Olumide Fusika (SAN)’s paper was delivered by his representative. The importance of being able to talk to someone in the face of emotional and physical abuse was emphasised thus the children were encouraged to confide in an adult they trust if they were facing any problems.

Mr. Achuke Chudi developed on the points raised by previous speakers and instructed the children who were present that they had to desist from accompanying strangers and avoid situations that can expose them to being alone with a potential predator. They were advised to be mindful of whom they were with and to maintain respect at all times.

Mr. Malachy Ugwummadu also addressed the children on their various rights under the law. He later gave examples of the current menace of child trafficking and enlightened the students about what happens to children who are trafficked. He went further to inform them about the presence of bodies such as NAPTIP that assist victims of human trafficking.

At the end of the programme, the children were encouraged to remember all that they learnt concerning their rights. This was followed by a closing remark from the proprietress of S.T. & T. Regency International  School  expressing her gratitude to CDHR for the enlightening programme.