About 500 secondary schools students comprising boys and girls received training on Gender Based Violence (GBV) at a three-day programme organised by Women At Risk International Foundation (WARIF) in collaboration with Kebbi State Ministry of Education.
The training, which took place in Jega and Kamba, drew participants from 11 secondary schools across the state.
At the training, they were taught how to be a protector but not a perpetrator as well as speak out on gender based violence.
Also as part of effort to bring GBV under check, Boys Conversation Cafe (BCC), was rolled out under which the boys are trained as role model for GBV campaign.
Participants are expected to cascade the training to their individual communities with a view to promoting the campaign against gender violence.
The Project Manager of WARIF, Mr. Adeyemi Asaba, told the participants to be good ambassadors of GBV campaign as the training was meant to inculcate in them how to become better parents.
He urged the boys to be protectors of Gender Based Violence by using their muscularity.
The Executive Secretary of Secondary Schools Management Board, Nana Asma’u Alkali, said the girl child would continue to live in pain inasmuch as she did not speak out when sexually abused.
She urged mothers to also muster courage and speak out whenever their daughters fell victim of sexual molestation as that is the only way to check the ugly trend.
She called on the students to establish Gender Based Violence clubs in their respective schools saying, through such clubs the campaign would be dominant not only in schools but in the larger society.