by Egbilika Josiah
After a long wait for the resumption of Secondary Schools in Rivers, the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (#cehrd) begins training of Senior Secondary School Students in Rivers State following the resumption of schools on May 9th, 2022. Fixing the dates during the holidays, #cehrd’s begins training of secondary school students on the Provision of the Rivers State Violence Against Person (Prohibitions) [VAPP] Law at Community Secondary School, Nonwa in Tai Local Government, Rivers State on Friday, 13th May, 2022.
The training was to build the capacity of students to join in the fight against Gender Based Violence (#GBV). The training aim to coop the culture of #Silence in secondary schools and amongst students. The facilitator, Barrister Obiageli Oraka-Oifoghe explained to the selected 37 participants which includes 34 students and 3 teachers the rights of victims #GBV, the crimes and punishments listed in the #riversstatevapplaw and also the duty expected of them.
She used the slogan “Let there light” referring to the first speech made by God as stated by the Holy Bible. She explained the reason why they should no longer be silent again. The participants have become #cehrd’s ambassadors to the school in #riversstatevapplaw and #GBV matters.
The activity was in continuation of #cehrd’s project, “Enhancing Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence in River State” supported by #EuropeanUnion. The training is to be conducted in 6 schools, 3 Local government areas in River State, Nigeria.
#cehrd is happy to be one of the leading organizations for the implementation of #riversstatevapplaw and #cehrd is glad to be supported by @European Commission.