The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF in Nigeria, has asked teachers to desist from administering corporal punishments on children and adopt modern and softer ways of instilling discipline without necessarily infringing on children’s rights.
Ms Ladi Alabi, the Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, made the appeal in on Thursday at the ongoing Child Protection System Strengthening (CPSS) meeting in Gombe, in northern Nigeria.
Ms Alabi citing a survey conducted in 2014 by the National Population Commission (NPC), said “over 50 per cent of Nigerian children have suffered physical violence in schools”.
She said”teachers are the most perpetrators of the first incidence of physical violence for children in Nigeria. Statistics shows that over 50 per cent of children in Nigeria suffer physical violence in schools”, adding that “35.5 per cent of girls and 34.1 per cent of boys suffer physical violence within the family and immediate environment. So, parents and adult relatives are the most common perpetrators of physical violence in childhood.”
The child protection specialist urged government at all levels to support the fight aimed at stemming incidence of violence against children, while urging parents and caregivers to ensure that Nigerian children get better future free of violence at all levels.
The meeting was at the instance of UNICEF with support of European Union (EU), United Nations (UN) and other international organisations