Benin – Edo State Government weekend called on teachers to collaborate with parents to educate their children on the need to aim high and achieve their potential for success through legitimate means.
The government, which spoke through Comrade Solomon Okoduwa, the senior special assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Anti-Human Trafficking Issues, gave the admonition in Uromi during the school-to-school campaign against human trafficking and irregular migration.
Okoduwa noted that the inability of teachers and their parents to guide the children on career pursuits makes them to engage in negative activities.
According to him, “There are cases when parents mislead their children or wards to engage in negative things like allowing them to be trafficked abroad because of their perceived benefits.”
Okoduwa questioned the rationale why parents blame poverty as reasons for their actions.
“In most cases, they blame poverty as reason for doing it. Some say they want their children to lift their family out of the shackles of poverty. Ask them why didn’t they do it when they were young?
“Teachers are role models and they should key into the Governor Godwin Obaseki’s advocacy against human trafficking and irregular migration by ensuring that the students are not deceived.
“We have observed that the traffickers now target aged 14 -17 years in their ploy to misinform them.
“It is the responsibility of teachers to teach the students how they get mentors in line with their career pursuits and how to chose career path and the barriers you have had to overcome along the way in reaching their goals,” he said.
Forms for Anti Human Trafficking Club, which will be inaugurated before the end of the first quarter of the year were given out to interested students.
The principal of the school, Ugege Ononrere, described the advocacy programme as an inspiration to both students and teachers.
High point of the exercise was the distribution of advocacy CDs entitled “A journey of Anguished, Danger and Death.”
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