Enugu Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi says the state has completely moved away from corporal punishment to create safe space and an excellent learning environment for children.
Ugwuanyi represented by the Enugu State Commissioner for Education, Uche Eze said this during the Children’s Day Celebration on Sunday at Enugu.
He said that qualified teachers who were psychologically balanced had been employed in the state primary and secondary schools to help the children attain their desired goals and inculcate discipline in them.
According to him, over 500 schools are under reconstruction and innovation to enable the children learn in a conducive environment.
Peace Nnaji, the State Commissioner for Gender Affairs said that for a child to grow as useful member of the society, they needed to be protected, to enjoy their rights to live, be educated and have good healthcare delivery.
Nnaji commended Ugwuanyi for his proactive steps in the welfare of the children which include free education up to junior secondary school and free medical care for children from zero to five years among others.
Ibrahim Conteh, the Chief Field Officer, UNICEF urged the state government to make investment in the implementation of the Child Right Law by ensuring functional social welfare services that could prevent and responds to violence against children.
Conteh congratulate Enugu State Government for providing an opportunity to celebrate the children, urging the state government to do more to enable the children to attain their full potential for sustainable development of the state.
Chinyere Onuka, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender Affairs thanked Ugwuanyi for his approval of the Children’s Day celebration and congratulated all the children for celebrating the Day.
About 191 schools attended the event as Queen School emerged first in the girls category of the match past, Uwani Secondary School also came first in the boys category while Nene International Primary School took first at primary level.
The theme of the 2018 Children’s Day celebration is “Creating Safe Space for Children: Our Collective Responsibility”.