The Nigeria Girl Guides Association (NGGA) has stated that education is the solution to rape and other forms of gender-based violence in Nigeria.
NGGA, at a two-day training of members of the Gender Mobile Initiative in Ikoyi, Lagos, said efforts to track and punish perpetrators of all forms of violence against individuals, including girls and women, may not yield desired results if the government failed to prioritize education.
Mrs. Helen Obi, Anambra State Commissioner of NGGA and Facilitator of the two-day training stated that, “Today, we are training fifteen members of the Mobile Gender Initiative on how to use the NGGA’s Voice Against Violence module or curriculum to further drive advocacy to ensure that some of our laws concerning these issues are implemented fully.
“We as a people may not make any meaningful progress if we do not do the right thing first, which is educating the mind. Education is one of the social services and directive principles of state policies which government must address. It is a fundamental right that governments should ensure that people acquire.
“We are all struggling to sanitize our system but then we must work on impunity too, which I see in Most Nigerians. This is where education plays a huge role. We cannot talk about security and social change without bringing in education just as we cannot also talk about attitudinal change without education. Education is important because it will cultivate the mind and bring about knowledge and desired change.”
The state Commissioner also called for the amendment of the nation’s constitution, stressing that a lot of laws needed a review, as accused some cultural practices of promoting gender-based violence.
Also, the Assistant Project Commissioner, NGGA, Lilian Damie, said the association had trained over two thousand four hundred young leaders from twenty-seven states bordering on the Voices Against Violence curriculum which is an educational program developed by the Girl Guides globally to educate children and young people on how to prevent violence anytime.