By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
UNICEF Pledges to Offer Psychological Support for Released Jangebe Schoolgirls, Families
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has promised that it will provide psychological support to the kidnapped schoolgirls of Jangebe, Zamfara State and their families.
The UN agency disclosed that it is working with the Ministry of Education on how to ensure the safe return to school of children in Zamfara State.
UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins, said this in a news statement dated 2nd March 2021.
“We are relieved with the news of the reported release of over 200 students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School Jangebe in Zamfara State, north-west Nigeria, who were kidnapped during an overnight attack at their school in the early hours of the morning on Friday, 26 February,” Hawkins related.
The UN agency on children’s well-being rejoiced at the release of the schoolgirls and looked forward to their safe return to their families.
UNICEF reiterated that attacks on students and schools are not only reprehensible but a violation of the right of children to an education. “It is a right that any society can ill-afford to violate.
It called on the Government of Nigeria to take all measures to protect schools in the country so that children will not be fearful of going to school, and parents afraid of sending their children to school.
Schools must be safe places to study and develop, and learning should not become a risky endeavour, Hawkins stressed.
“UNICEF will be providing psychosocial support to the girls and their families and working with the Ministry of Education on how to ensure the safe return to school of all children in Zamfara State,” the UNICEF chief wrote.