Monday, 26 June 2017

Child rights should be based on human approach - Ezinwa

By Gabriel Alonta

Child rights advocate and lecturer at Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Dr. Chidi Ezinwa has said that there is need to ensure that the child’s right is based on human approach rather than on charity basis. This is even as he said that the right of a child should be protected and accorded to the child.

Ezinwa said this while delivering a paper themed: “Mainstreaming child rights reportage”, at a sensitisation seminar organised by the Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in conjunction with Anambra Broadcasting Service.

The ESUT lecturer said that though the child rights has not been implemented in the country’s curriculum, but, he however, urged the academia and the journalist to ensure that they integrate this knowledge to their students.

He maintained that the rights of the children should be given to them freely, adding that there is need to protect these rights as the duty bearers.

In her remark, the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Stella Okunna rued the neglect of child and woman rights especially in this part of the country, adding that it has cost serious suffering on the part of the those children. She also lamented the total negligence on the child rights the world over.

She, therefore, called on the media and academic alike to be part of the struggle through seasoned reportage about the child so as to emancipate them from such rights infringement.

The lead paper presenter, who is also the Communication Officer, UNICEF, Enugu, Mrs. Ijeoma Onuoha-Ogwe noted UNICEF as the leading advocate for children’s rights, active in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.

She lamented over the abuse of a child rights, hence the collaboration with with varsities to help ensure that they integrate these rights in the curriculum pending the full implementation and approval by the relevant agencies across the country.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku represented by his Deputy Academic, Prof. Charles Esimone, described child rights as alien in the country, adding that efforts must be made to ensure that human rights is protected.

He frowned at the idea that a child should be under strict authority before he/she can learn, while also canvassing that reportage about children should be done in the positive light.

The Vice Chancellor commended UNICEF for partnering with the institution and various media houses to ensure the propagation of child rights is brought to fruition. 



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