Ahead of the scheduled official launch of the campaign to end violence against children in Gombe State, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has organised a one-day media dialogue/training for journalists on ethical reporting of children’s issues. The training session was held at the Emerald Hotel, in Gombe, on Monday.
According to UNICEF’s Communication Specialists from the Bauchi field office, Samuel Kaalu, the training was organised as part of activities leading up to the launch of the campaign to end violence against children by the Gombe State government. He gave the objectives of the training to among others; provide participants with in-depth information on the findings of the Nigeria Violence against Children (VAC) 2014 survey conducted by the National Population Commission (NPC). “The training on ethical reporting of children will update participants’ knowledge and skills in the area,” Kaalu said. UNICEF’s Childs’ Protection Specialist from the Bauchi field office, Mrs. Ladi Alabi said scheduled launching of the campaign to end violence against children in Gombe State on June 7, 2017 is a response to the 2014 national survey on the violence against children.“ Nigeria is the eight country in the world to conduct this survey, a household survey that covered all the states in the country. Nigeria is the first country in West Africa to conduct the survey and that puts Nigeria on the frontline of countries who have a commitment to protect their children,” she said.
Earlier, permanent secretary at the Gombe State Ministry of Women Affairs, Hajiya Laraba Ahmed in an opening remark, outlined the role of the media in information dissemination. She charged journalists in the state to sustain the campaign seeking to bring an end to violence against children in the state.The training session, according to the UNICEF Communication Specialists is jointly funded by international donor agencies including the Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), the UNWomen and USAID.