Domestication of BESDA Code of Conduct on SGBV in Oyo state – John OLLA
On the 6th of October, I represented a trust Foundation as the consultant to facilitate the domestication of the BESDA Code of Conduct on SGBV in Oyo state. The training took place at the National Union of teachers Hall at the local inspection education office Agodi area. The program creates and maintains an environment in which sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment (SH), and Gender-based violence (GBV) have no place, with zero tolerance from the School/Centre, Participant, Stakeholder or Representative of the project.
During the domestication, I engaged over 60 teachers and other stakeholders such as religious leaders, civil society etc.
The domestication process also has the southwest coordinator of the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC), representatives of SUBEB, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Youth and Sport, and the Ministry of Justice and Legal Aid Council.
As a policy development expert trained by UNICEF and other international agencies, my assignment was to facilitate the domestication of a code of conduct that will guide the activities of teachers in respect of sexual and gender-based violence in public primary schools in Oyo state.
Before the proper domestication process, two lectures were delivered on defining terms concerning sexual harassment and sexual sexual-related issues that might arise in schools. The presentations served as refreshers to make the participants contribute meaningfully to proper domestication.
The domestication process was short because the document had been shared with all the stakeholders before the meeting. I am proud to be part of those working to mitigate sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse in Oyo state, Nigeria.
John Oluwafemi OLLA