UNICEF counsels stakeholders on child protection, development
By Rita Michael,
The United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) has stressed the need for active collaboration among stakeholders across the country to improve issues related to child protection, development and survival.
This was contained in a communique issues at a two-day workshop on ethical reporting training and media dialogue organised in Bauchi by UNICEF Nigeria Bauchi Field in collaboration with Bauchi State Televison Authority (BATV). "There is need for more collaboration among stakeholders to improve the coverage of issues relating to child protection," it said.
The participants at the training were media practitioners drewn from Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Taraba,and Jigawa states.
The communique pointed out that the successes recorded in the partnership between the media and UNICEF should be enhanced and sustained with renewed commitment towards reporting child survival, development and protection issues.
It was observed that the rights of the Nigerian child with regards to survival, development and protection needed to be properly grasped and understood by the media.
It urged media practitioners to do more as child rights advocates to change the story of the child for good.
Participants at the training lamented the non-implementation of the Child Rights Law in states that domesticated it and its non-passage in most of the states under the UNICEF Nigeria Bauchi Field Office.
Participants also observed the high prevalence of violence against children in Nigeria before the age of 18, with approximately six out of every 10 children experiencing some form of violence, noting that there was the need to intensify the campaign for hand washing in schools to safeguard children health.