EXAMINING THE ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE AND IMPLEMENTATION APPROACH OF SAFE SCHOOL INITIATIVE IN NIGERIA

Authors

  • DR. YUSUF GARBA MANJO Al Hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State

Keywords:

Administrative, Structure, Implementation, School, Safety

Abstract

In conflict areas of Northern Nigeria, schools are targeted by conflicting parties for political, military, ideological, ethnic, religious or criminal reasons.  In situations of violent conflict, government forces and armed non-state groups such as Boko Haram converts schools to bases, barracks, weapons stores, detention facilities and camps for refugees and internally displaced persons. As a result, school premises become theatres of military operations instead of learning centres thereby disrupting access to education.  Since 2013, incidence of attacks on school environment have grown exponentially across Nigeria. Schools, teachers and students have been targeted for killings, kidnapping and abduction, rape, and other forms of danger. In May, 2014, there was the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from their school in Chibok. Since then, Nigeria had witnessed several attacks on schools, thereby increasingly turning the school environment to an unsafe place for learning and habitation. The Chibok abduction necessitated the launch of safe school initiative in 2014 through an initial investment from Global Business Coalition for Education, which has mobilized more than $30 million for the protection of schools in Northeast, through UNDP hosted multi-donor trust fund. This study therefore examined the administrative structure and implementation approach of the safe school initiative, with a view to make it more efficient for an improved safety in school environment across Nigeria. The study adopted qualitative research approach with the use of secondary sources of data and content analysis. Also, the study is anchored on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as theoretical basis of analysis. The study noted the deficiencies in the administrative structure and implementation components of the initiative and prescribes a reform of structure, roles, operational strategies as well as the re-alignment of its relationship with relevant government ministries to ensure sustainability of the scheme for improved safety for teachers and students in the school environments.

Author Biography

DR. YUSUF GARBA MANJO, Al Hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State

Department of Political Science and Public Administration,
Al Hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State

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Published

2024-04-08

How to Cite

MANJO, Y. G. (2024). EXAMINING THE ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE AND IMPLEMENTATION APPROACH OF SAFE SCHOOL INITIATIVE IN NIGERIA. Journal of Political Discourse, 2(1 (2), 212–220. Retrieved from https://jopd.com.ng/index.php/jopdz/article/view/125