The wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has said the future of the girl child should not be cut short through societal vices, urging that they should always be protected against all forms of assault.
Erelu Fayemi, who was the Special Guest of Honour on “Gender-Based Violence in Schools”, held by the Team Legacy 1991, Alumni Friends of Annunciation School at Saint Louis Grammar School, Ikere-Ekiti, advised teachers to always be vigilant and security conscious, in order to ensure the safety of pupils and students.
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Mrs Fayemi charged the organisers to ensure that the very lofty academic idea of the programme and its moral ideals are not one-off, but become an annual event.
Guest Speaker, Barrister Omowumi Ogunrotimi, said school-related gender-based violence involves sexual abuse and physical assault from teachers to students and from students to students, most especially from males to females.
She stressed the need to build a system that would encourage students to speak out in case of any sexual abuse or assault. She advocated for capacity building for students, teachers and non-teaching staff of various schools, on the need to stop school-related gender-based violence.
Ogunrotimi listed some of the effects of the ignoble act to include educational impairment, emotional disorder, unexpected pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases.
The President of “Legacy Team ‘91”, Mr Martin-Mary Falana said the programme was part of their determination to give back to their alma mater.