The Lagos State Safety Commission has encouraged teachers in the state to educate students, members of staff, and visitors on safety while ensuring they are safe in school.
Director-General, of the commission, Dr. Lanre Mojola, while speaking at the sixth annual edition of the School Safety Summit, with the theme, ‘Child safety importance of a systematic safety education,’ organised in Lagos, stated the importance of safety and the need to be creative in its approach.
"Teaching safely and teaching safety need to go hand in hand.
"The main aim of safety education is to provide necessary warnings and precautions so that possible accidents will be prevented.
"Safety education is a series of instructions and warnings that provides awareness about possible harms and injuries with an objective of minimising injuries and their fatal consequences," Mojola said.
Also speaking, Project Lead for Safe School, Lagos, Dr. Bisi Esuruoso, also gave the lack of guidance as to the reason for many injured, encouraging parents to monitor schools too.
"Lagos State Commission is doing safe recruitment, check, regulating those who come around children.
"We need to become more aware because these things are happening in our society.
"Parents also need to police the schools themselves, they are the ones paying the fees so they must monitor too," he added.
Rotimi Eyitayo, an education consultant further added, ‘‘We need to recognise that a school that is not safe is not a school, schools make profits from parents, and parents benefit from schools, so the safety of every child is important.
"It is important for the school to embrace safety in its practice and teaching."
"The summit is an avenue where parents and teachers are brought together to talk about issues on safety as concerns children,’’ Fisayo Ajala, Chief Executive Officer, Safety Chic noted.