In an effort to combat child abuse, the Lagos State Government has unveiled a child-friendly booklet – “My Passport of Rights”.
The unveiling was done on Wednesday through the state’s domestic and sexual violence agency.
Executive Secretary, DSVA, Mrs. Titilola Wiwor-Adenyi said that the unveiling of the booklet was part of the Children’s Day celebration.
The launch, which was held at the Lagos City Model College, Sabo, Yaba, saw the convergence of over 300 students from different schools in Education District IV.
She said the booklet aims to bring awareness to the prevalence of child abuse as well as provide useful information and resources for survivors.
“Over the years, we have noted a steady increase in child abuse and related issues. Therefore, this book is an intervention strategy for early detection, care and support.
“Passport encourages you to speak up in case you encounter any form of child abuse. It will help you spot the signs of child abuse, so that you can report and timely action can be taken.”
The Executive Director said that the innovative booklet enlightened the children about their rights in the state.
According to him, it should be a must read for anyone who cares about the welfare of children and wants to make a difference in their lives, as it is expected to inspire action.
Vivour-Adeniyi said the booklet was available at the agency and was ‘strictly not to be sold’.
He urged children to get copies, and pay attention to the details the booklet would provide.
Mrs. Taiwo Salako, School Counselor, Education District IV, appreciated the initiative of passport for children.
Salako said the booklet would further deal with the issues of domestic and sexual violence against children.
The Principal of Lagos City Model College, Sabo, Mr. Abiodun Hassan commended the State Government for this initiative.
He said that this will protect and safeguard the children, hence helping in keeping away the trend of child abuse.