The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu on Thursday, May 27, announced the inauguration of the “Safe to School, Be Seen, Be Safe” initiative to ensure children safety in and out of school.
Adamu, at the unveiling of customised reflective children safety jackets and uniforms for cadet and school crossing guards in Abuja
Adamu said that the initiative would increase access and quality of education for over 40 million school children.
The Safe School Programme by the Federal Ministry of Education is in collaboration with the Children Accident Prevention Initiative (CAPI).
According to the minister, the customised not for sale reflective jackets for school children and other accident prevention infrastructures will provide immediate care and support for the children.
“This initiative, especially, is to prevent children from sustaining injuries while trekking to and from neighbouring schools.
“It is in pursuant of the good health and well-being of school children and realisation of quality education.
“The initiative is designed to primarily aid the protection of school children from road accidents associated with motor vehicles; motorcycles, tricycles while crossing our busy network of roads to and from their respective schools.
“As enshrined in the Memorandum of Understanding, the programme encompasses a phased kitting of school children within the ages of four to 14 years in selected schools at the Federal and state levels, with customised reflective jackets and armband free of charge,” he said.
Adamu noted that the collaboration with CAPI was to address the obvious challenges across every facet of accidents involving school children, as well as charting a new course in combating the carnage among such children.
“Occasionally, some children that trek through busy roads to their schools are knocked down; injured; maimed for life or even killed instantly.
“We are aware of the emotional trauma parents go through; and the socioeconomic impact therein,” Adamu said.
He, therefore, said that the ministry would expand the programme throughout the 36 states and the FCT; and also the 774 local government areas and wards, to ensure inclusion.