Organizes workshop for Pupils on sex education, child abuse
Warns parents against leaving female children to be lapped or baby-seated by uncles, male cousins and neighbours.
Obviously irked by the growing sad incidents of rape, child abuse and molestation in the society, a leading Montessori School in Owerri, Royal Way Child Development Academy has declared war against these scourges, insisting they must be fought and reduced to barest minimum.
Royal Way Child Development Academy located in Mbieri, near Spibat Owerri last week organized a special seminar on Rape and child abuse as part of the activities to officially mark the end of the 2nd term.
The workshop which was organized in collaboration with INSPIRATION AGAINST SEXUAL/CHILD ABUSE (an NGO) featured talks from various resource persons and dramas.
In his remarks while declaring the seminar open, the Proprietor of the School, Pastor Val Chidozie said the lecture became necessary now that immorality and abomination of all sorts are on the increase in our society today.
Pastor Chidozie said: “Royal Way Child Development Academy as a school with a difference, we understand that parents whose children and wards are in school, entrusted to us not only the responsibility of academic excellence of their wards but also their morality. So it is in discharging this responsibility which we owe these innocent pupils that we put together a workshop for them on child abuse.
This is targeted to right-position them for a safety life while growing up in this grossly polluted society.”
The guest speakers at the seminar, Barr Mrs Ogechi Iwu, Mrs Stella Duru and Mrs Chisom Wokoma took time to expose the guises of rape and child abuse. They said most victims of Rape and child abuse find it difficult to share their bitter experiences and trauma due to fear, immaturity and inability to explain them in their right and most appropriate terms.
The guest lecturers told the pupils at the workshop not to allow uncles, aunties, cousins and neighbours to touch their private parts no matter the time or circumstances.
They informed them that their parents were the only ones permitted to touch those parts of the body especially when bathing them, noting that Rape and child abuse are hydra-headed canker worms that leave indelible marks and scars on the body of the victims.
According to them, rape and child abuse have the tendency of ruining the life and academic career of victims and called for a United action against the scourge.
The resource persons however, warned parents not to dress their female children with skimpy and sexy wears that portray them as sex objects by senseless and irresponsible male adults.
They also advised parents against sending their children on errands at nights and odd hours, noting that such errands could expose the children to child abuse or rape.
The guest lecturers therefore warned parents against allowing their children particularly the female ones to be lapped or baby seated by uncles, male cousins or neighbors, noting that studies have shown that children who become victims of Rape and molestation are those from careless parents who leave them at the mercy of house helps, relatives or neighbors because of the busy nature of their jobs.
Head Coach of Royal Way Child Development Academy, Mrs Joy Anyaehie in her remarks said the school was committed to churning out the best of pupils that would make their families and society proud within and outside Nigeria.
Anyaehie remarked that most children especially female ones tend to misbehave in the secondary school because their parents and foundational schools shied away from teaching them sex education. She encouraged the beneficiaries of the workshop to open up to their parents and teachers about any attempt by any person around them or schoolmates that is targeted at child abuse or rape in order to nip it in the bud.
She regretted that the society has suddenly slid into a messy state where incest, taboo and all abominations unheard of in the past are now a new normal, and called on other schools to emulate Royal Way Child Development Academy by organizing seminars on child abuse and rape. Anyaehie said the seminar and it’s likes will be organized at regular intervals for pupils of the school.
The seminar had the theme: “Break the cycle, speak out! Say No to any form of abuse”