Students of Attwool Schools Lagos have been told that the United Nations (UN) works for them and other peoples of the world. ‘The UN works to improve living conditions of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms’, the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun has told the students.
Making a presentation on ‘UN for School children’, Soremekun explained to the students, who were on excursion to the Centre, that through its specialised agencies, the UN deals with all kinds of issues, ranging from keeping the peace, fighting poverty to caring for our planet and making sure everyone is safe.
He enjoined the students to be obedient and thankful to their parents for giving them education to brighten and secure their future. ‘Many school-age children’, he continued, ‘were without education and on the streets as they had to work to support their parents.’ The National Information Officer reminded the students that the UN condemns child labour and advocates for the right to education.
Speaking further on tolerance and rights of every child, Soremekun observed, ’When children are born, they are free and each should be treated in the same way. They have reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a friendly manner.’
He added that every child has the right to a name and a nationality; Protection from violence; Education and Freedom of thought.
The students, numbering twenty were accompanied by two teachers.