The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on the federal government to improve on efforts to rehabilitate victims of school attacks in Nigeria.
Judith Moses, UNICEF education officer and national coordinator of education in emergencies working group, made the call on Thursday when she featured as a guest on ‘Good Morning Nigeria’, a programme on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
According to her: “From the legal side, what is being done to investigate issues of attack? What is being done to prosecute? What is being done for victims? Is there anything that is being done? Do we have a robust system?”
“We need to have a robust reintegration system whereby there can be some kind of rehabilitation for those that have been affected, abducted or experienced gender-based violence to be healed and face the education system again.
“A safe school is a place that a child looks forward to going to. When you see a child saying I don’t want to go to school, and keeps on saying it, then there is something.
“When that school environment is attractive, we look at the psychosocial support, which is psychological healing. Those experiences, you may not be able to wipe them out and indeed, some children, depending on how severely they have been affected, may need to be referred to a specialist.”