NGO launches GBV clubs in Bauchi Secondary Schools

Mohammed Kaka Misau

A Non-Governmental organization(NGO), ‘Child Is Gold Foundation’ (CIGF), on Tuesday, inaugurated Gender Based Violence clubs in two secondary schools in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi state in a bid to curb the menace of GBV in the state.

The foundation also conducted awareness on referral pathways for Gender Based Violence to the people so as to adhere to all GBV protocols in the area.

The activities were in Collaboration with Attah Sister’s Helping Hand Foundation (ASHHF) under the project “Women Voice and Leadership” and funded by Action Aid Canada.

Speaking during the inauguration of the clubs, the Executive Director CIGF, Mrs Elizabeth George, said that the benefitting schools were Government Junior Secondary School, Kafin Madaki and Government Day Junior Secondary School, Upper Basic Miya communities.

“The Guidance and counselors in the schools are to serve as patrons. The club will have 15 members who were expected to mentor their peers,” she said.

Also speaking, Mr Bulus Simon, the Team Leader, CIGF, encouraged students to share the knowledge acquired on GBV to every member in their respective communities.

He, however, noted that parents should support their wards in breaking the culture of silence to ensure that perpetrators of such acts were brought to book.

In her speech Barr. Abigail Jacob, an official of CIGF, also urged the participants to report cases to the necessary authorities and ensure that the survivors receive counseling sessions.

Speaking on behalf of the schools, Mr Shafiq Abubakar, the School Principal, Kafin Madaki, appreciated the organization for establishing the clubs and sensitizing parents on issues of GBV.

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