Nigeria includes human trafficking issues in school curricula

Barth Ikiebe, Abuja

The Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, NERDC, and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons, NAPTIP, are collaborating to mainstream Trafficking in Persons issues into the curricula of Basic and Senior Secondary School.

The two organisations with support from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development had successfully completed the first activity in the action plan to select appropriate curriculum contents.

The Executive Secretary, NERDC, Professor Ismail Junaidu, told participants at the planning and writing workshop in Keffi, Nasarawa State, that the objective is to educate and sensitise the school children on the dangers of trafficking in persons with a view to eliminating the problem in Nigeria.

According to him, the NERDC has partnered with many other agencies to infuse other emerging issues into the school curriculum. Among such agencies are Federal Roads Safety Corps, National Emergency Management Agency, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

“If we don’t get it right here now, we might be doing a disservice to our children and the nation” Professor Junaidu explained.

Also speaking, the acting Director-General of NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri, said the battle against trafficking in persons cannot be won without the collective support of the children, who are usually the target and the educators, whose duty it is to mould their lives in Schools.

“Prevention of human trafficking cannot be effective if our educational institutions especially the Educators are not well armed with adequate information on the phenomenon, through them the knowledge base of the children is raised and traffickers and their networks will begin to lose recruits as there will be no more business for them in Nigeria.” Alhaji Dangiri clarified.

Some of the topics to be infused included Causes, purpose and consequences of Trafficking in Persons as well as Methods in controlling Victims.