The International Center for Migration Policy Development has advocated the inclusion of trafficking in person issues in the National education curriculum to curb the menace of Trafficking in the country.
This was part of the recommendations at a three-day workshop on human trafficking organised by the Centre and supported by the European Union.
The Senior Project Manager and Head of the office International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Mrs Mojisola Sodeinde said in view of the enormity of human trafficking in Nigeria, infusing trafficking in persons into the school curriculum would create more awareness on the dangers of the crime.
Mrs Sodeinde explained that the Centre was collaborating with the National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE to mainstream Trafficking in person TIP issues into the minimum standards for Nigeria certificated Education to ensure that teachers in the country were sensitized and equipped with knowledge of TIP, to enable them sensitized students and the community on the scourge of Trafficking.
“This workshop brings together curriculum experts and lecturers from NCCE and colleges of Education from six geopolitical zones to mainstream TIP into the NCE minimum standards”
Some stakeholders at the event included National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Ministry of Education, and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), teachers from both public and private schools.
According to them, educating the youth on the methodology of combating human trafficking while in school would further equip them in making an informed decision on the dangers of trafficking and illegal migration.
The Director of publicity and enlightenment in NAPTIP Mr Arinze Orakwe noted that a vital youth population was being depleted through trafficking and illegal migration daily hence all hands must be on deck to curtail the scourge.
The acting Director planning, research and statistics, NCCE, Dr Mchivga Abelega said it had become expedient to incorporate trafficking in persons into the school curriculum to enlighten both the teachers and students on the scourge.
.He said that the information gathered at the workshop would be used as a response to strengthen the public outcry against the menace.
“We shall acquaint you with the rationale for mainstreaming of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) issues and possibly use the information to strengthen what we are already doing to respond to the public outcry.
The Director Academic Planning Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, Dr Gbenga Ajikye and Dr Mary Okonkwo from the federal college of education Kano expressed optimism that infusing and mainstreaming of Trafficking in Persons in the education curriculum would be apt in mitigating the scourge to its barest minimum in the society.
They said the churches and mosques should also be partners in the campaign against human trafficking.
The International Center for Migration of Policy Development ICMPD is an International Organization with 17 member state offices in more than 90 countries.
ICMPD also support governments in making migration and morbidity of people orderly and safe and implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies.