Sexual violence response training ends

The education ministry has completed training on how to respond to sexual violence, minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa confirmed this week.

The training course was aimed at ensuring that the participants are empowered to capacitate educators across the country to recognise the risk factors that contribute to the abuse of children, she said.

“It is also to identify if any of their learners may be at risk of abuse and respond in a sensitive and legally acceptable way to suspicion or disclosure of abuse. Schools will be required to submit progress reports on their activities to the regional office which will in turn report to the national level,” she said.

She added that a circular would accompany these materials with timelines for the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the framework.

Hanse-Himarwa also said that the ministry has signed terms of reference with the ministry of sports to ensure the strengthening of integrated physical education and school sports.

“As we know that physical activity is vital to the holistic development of young people, fostering their physical social and emotional health. Physical education and school sports have the potential to play a vital role in strengthening the life skills of our learners, by using this platform to implement life skills practically. And these are only some of the few initiatives that the ministry has in place to work towards improving quality educational outcomes,” she said.

She added that the engagement between schools and their broader community is designed to help schools, communities and stakeholders gain a better understanding of their roles rights, and responsibilities about the education system.