A Call for Education Curriculum to Include Child Abuse Prevention
A Child Rights Advocate is making a case for a Child Abuse Prevention Program to be made a subject at all schools.
Delia Cuffy-Weekes is giving a thumbs-up to a Child Abuse Prevention Program which started at six primary schools on Monday 22, February 2016.
The program was launched as part of the East Dominica Children’s Federation’s support towards creating safe and protective school environment through the Child Friendly Schools initiative.
“I am beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel because it looks like people are finally waking up and realising that the whole concept of child abuse is real, it is among us, it is dangerous and it has to be dealt with. So hearts off to Child Federation for starting the program at these schools and I am hoping that a lot of schools will want to come on board because there is never too much that we can do to keep our children safe,” she said.
Cuffy- Weekes added that, “As an agriculturist I will tell you., when people plant vegetables they are so careful to make sure the little plantlets are protected from little bugs and other pests, they try to make sure it is protected up to that point where it can take care of itself. And these are just plants…what about the little lives that are entrusted to us? All schools need to take this program on board and not just do it as a by-the-way kind of thing. As a matter of fact, if I was asked I would recommend that the ministry of education make this as one of the subjects in schools. Quite apart and separate from the Health and Family Life Programs that goes on in schools, we have to teach children how to be safe and we cannot over emphasize that this is not one thing that has to be handled by one group of people.”