A non-governmental Organisation, the Hanan Buhari Foundation and the Smart Parenting Coaching Academy have sensitised the community in Apo Dutse on appropriate parenting and ending all forms of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, SGBV in society.
They gave the advice during the first phase of the intelligent community outreach organised by Smart. Parenting Academy to support residents in some communities in the FCT.
Founder of the foundation and daughter to President Muhammadu Buhari, Hanan Buhari, said the outreach sensitised parents to inculcate good moral values in their children, given the highly recorded cases of SGBV.
” Parenting goes a long way; parents and guardians must protect their children and teach them how to protect themselves. But, we can’t do everything by ourselves; the community must also support us in parenting our children,” she said.
FCT: NGO sensitises community on appropriate parenting
She also stressed the need to stop all forms of stigmatisation and abuse against survivors of SGBV and encouraged support for them. Also, the Founder of Smart Parenting Coaching Academy, Mrs Oluwatoyin Ogunkanmi, said the exercise would enable community members to speak with experts and be educated on SGBV, its effects, how to stop it, and measures to ensure justice to curb the trend.
“We won’t reach out to people in the suburbs and everywhere to teach them how to raise their children to be well-balanced and protect them from sexual molesters and predators.
” As parents, go out there today, take care of your children, be deliberate in raising them, right discipline, build the right character and values in them so that, at the end of the day, they end up becoming responsible citizens in the society,” she said.
A family parenting coach Ms Halima Abubakar, and counsellor, said Parenting in Nigeria used to be community-based. However, this was not the case recently, Which called for a community approach to raising responsible and successful children.
Speaking on behalf of the community, Mrs Omolara Olagbedo, Women Leader, expressed appreciation to the organisations for their support and enlightenment on education and parenting.
Over 250 women and girls benefited from food items, sanitary pads, therapeutic sessions, and community counselling.
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