NGO holds schools' health, safety summit on Friday

Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan

Towards raising awareness on children's health in schools, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Advocacy against Negligence in Schools (AANIS), will on Friday, November 16, 2018, hold its 9th summit on health and safety.

Executive Director of the organization, Mrs. Idorenyin Toye-Arulogun, said the summit titled, 2018 AANIS Schools’ Health and Safety with the theme “Safety in Schools: Whose Responsibility?”, will hold at NECA Event Centre, Ikeja CBD, Alausa.

She explained that the summit is a platform for schools heads, proprietors, regulatory bodies, parents and other stakeholders to expand the conversation on critical issues affecting children’s health and safety in school.

Arulogun stressed that AANIS was set up primarily to raise awareness on children’s health as well as safety standards in Nigerian schools, adding that the organization is committed to championing the cause of safer environments, better health management systems and more sensitive care providers in schools for the benefit of our children and the nation’s future.

She noted that AANIS, which transmuted from MANIS (Movement Against Negligence In Schools), is a Child Health and Safety Advocacy Group set up in memory of late Morenike Toye-Arulogun, an eleven year old girl who passed on to glory on November 21, 2008 from an attack of malaria which degenerated to cerebral malaria, due to negligence and lack of duty of care while kept “In Loco Parentis” with one of the boarding schools in Nigeria.

Arulogun disclosed that a school administrator and education consultant, Mrs. Anuoluwapo Adio-Moses, a Parent Coach and Experienced Counselor, Mr. Akinropo Akinola, an educationist, Director General of Quality Assurance in Lagos Ministry of Education and Mrs Ronke Shoyombo, will serve as panelists at the summit.

She added that an Early Years’ Child Care Practitioner, Mrs Itoro Ugorji and an Educationist, who is also an ex-officio member of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Mrs Temitope Odutola, will also be on the panel at the summit, adding that a Social Development Lawyer, Mr. Taiwo Akinlami, will serve as panel coordinator cum moderator.

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