Child Abuse is a national tragedy, taking the lives of three children every day and affecting millions of children and families every year. We need to work together to help strengthen and support families so that we can prevent such tragedies from occurring.
The impact of abuse is far greater than its immediate, visible effects. Abuse and neglect are associated with short and long-term consequences that may include brain damage, developmental delays, learning disorders, problems forming relationships, aggressive behavior, and depression. Survivors of child abuse and neglect may be at greater risk for problems later in life—such as low academic achievement, drug use, teen pregnancy, and criminal behavior—that affect not just the child and family, but society .
ICCF child abuse awareness month program comes up in November but it starts in August with parent’s forum, a sensitization program for parents on how to raise and protect their children. Our efforts is to interact with parents to focus attention on prevention efforts that will create healthier environment’s for children, foster confident and positive parenting to prevent CHILD ABUSE.
All children deserve to grow up in a caring and loving environment, yet across Nigeria, hundreds of thousands of children are neglected or abused each year, often causing lasting consequences. Although effectively intervening in the lives of these children and their families is an important responsibility at all levels of government, preventing abuse and neglect is a shared obligation.
November is ICCF Child Abuse Prevention Month, we recommit to giving every child a chance to succeed and to ensuring that every child grows up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment that is free from abuse and neglect.
Preventing child abuse is an effort that we must undertake as one family,our schools, neighborhoods, and communities, we must look after every child as if they are our own. Between four and eight children die every day from abuse or neglect, but together we can prevent these tragedies from occurring. Children who are being abused or neglected may display constant alertness, sudden changes in behavior and school performance, or untreated physical or medical issues.
Child abuse may take many forms, including neglect and physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. . The most challenging fact with child abuse is that, usually, the children are abused in places that should be safe spaces for them, such as at home and school. In most cases, the perpetrators are people who should be protecting the children, like parents, guardians and teachers.
All families can benefit from strong support systems and resources in the face of these challenges, and as parents, friends, neighbors, and fellow human beings, keeping our kids safe is among ICCF highest priorities. Our Nation’s enduring commitment to prevent child abuse and neglect demands that people and communities partner together to give safe and nurturing environments for all daughters and sons. We must all join in the work of uplifting and safeguarding our youngest people and ensuring they are limited by nothing but the size of their dreams and the range of their aspirations.
In NOVEMBER, let us raise more awareness, aim to eradicate child abuse from our society, let us secure a future for our children that is bright and full of hope, opportunity, and security.
The AWARENESS WALK will create more awareness on Protection, Prevention and Defense from CHILD ABUSE.
We intend to have 200 school children within the age of 6-14 years in participation walking with one teacher from each participating schools for more supervision, the route for the walk starts from IKEJA LG through to AWOLOWO WAY, via ALLEN AVENUE to OPEBI ROUNDABOUT down to ALADE MARKET back to AWOLOWO WAY finally to our last destination at GOVERNOR’S OFFICE.
IKEJA LG—OBAFEMI AWOLOWO WAY—ALLEN AVENUE– OPEBI ROUNDABOUT—ALLEN AVENUE—ALADE MARKET—OBAFEMI AWOLOWO WAY—GOVERNOR’S OFFICE
The children will be distributing fliers information on protection of children from child abuse.The event is well planned and safety is our first priority, we will walk beside the road.Policemen,Lastma officers, an Ambulance, Registered Nurses, Doctor on hand.
The participating school children will be kit in white T-shirt, white trousers, green face-cap and white socks.
WHITE— symbolize PURITY, VIRGINITY,
GREEN—- symbolize FREEDOM
We are kiting 40 children from each participating schools, 200 children in all for this project.
Date : 24TH NOVEMBER,2016.
Venue :LADIPO KUKU – EKO FM RADIO STATION, IKEJA LAGOS STATE.
Time : 9AM – 2PM.
WE SAY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS , FRIENDS & VOLUNTEERS WHO SHARED IN OUR VISION .
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS PROJECT A REALITY.