Safe School Alliance Hosts Maiden School Safety Awards and Conference
The maiden edition of School Safety Awards and Conference, organised by Safe Schools Alliance, in collaboration with the Lagos State Safety Commission, Safe Schools Lagos (SSLAG) and Lagos State Ministry of Education, comes up on September 26, 2023 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The event, tagged Beacon of Safety Conference and Awards, which brings together multidisciplinary school safety experts will focus on improving safe and supportive learning in schools across Lagos and by extension, Nigeria.
No fewer than 2000 school administrators, members of Safe Schools Lagos (SSLAG) ecosystem and Education District teams are expected to attend the one-day conference and awards.
SSLAG Lead Resource, Dr Bisi Esuruoso, in a statement on Monday, revealed that over 2000 stakeholders in the education sector are expected at the event.
“The conference will focus on creating and fostering safe and supportive learning environments for schools in Lagos state. Our objective with this event is to get all stakeholders working together to promote a culture of safety and compliance in our schools,” she said.
In his remark, Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, called on all stakeholders in the education sector in the state to participate in the conference to exchange ideas on how to improve safety in schools.
“This event is a tremendous opportunity for experts from across the state to be in the same room for proactive discussions and to learn from eachother’s unique ideas. Working collaboratively to deliver knowledge and resources is essential to our success in this joint effort.” he stressed.
Director of Communications and Compliance, Safe Schools Alliance, Mrs Jumoke Michaels, noted that the advocacy group has assembled experts to make presentations on how to improve safety and emergency response in schools across Lagos State.
She said; “A holistic approach to school safety involves addressing students’ and staff’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also requires fostering a positive and inclusive school culture, implementing effective emergency preparedness measures, and promoting open communication and collaboration among all stakeholders. To accomplish this, we have assembled a diverse consortium of professionals and subject matter experts to share their knowledge and expertise which we hope will be a catalyst for creating safer and more nurturing environments for all students.
“SSA has assembled a multidisciplinary team of resource persons that includes first responders, public office dignitaries, students, school and district administrators, mental health professionals, researchers, traditional rulers and community leaders from diverse backgrounds to provide training, information, and resources on topics related to school safety and emergency response plan development and implementation.”
She stressed that the presentations and panel discussions have been designed to build schools’ capacity in creating safe and supportive learning environment for students.
Mrs Michaels added that the organisers will create a “Meet the Dignitaries/ Psychosocial Safety Experts” gallery where interested attendees can engage with security experts and contracted providers of direct support to schools on safety at the venue.
Conference Presentations Include:
• Welcome from DG Lagos State Safety Commission Lanre Mojola
• Challenges & Opportunities for Safe Schools
• Unearthing the Root Causes of Safety & Well-Being
• Advancing education through inclusion
• Reimagining School Safety , safety and well-being of members of the school community
• Securing Greater School Safety through the implementation of an effective SMS
• Strengthening Protective Factors that Contribute to School Safety with Technology ,building a school safety network
• Financing Safe schools in Nigeria
• Incorporating Schools Protection and the 1st Responders
• The importance of Effective Emergency Management Plan and crisis management in Schools
• SSLAG-Informed Lockdown Drills
• Preventing Bullying and Cultivating a Positive School Climate
• Kidnappings: Lessons from Tragedy and Opportunities for Prevention
• Facilities Planning, Transportation and other support services in schools
• School Safety collaboration : Beyond the school boundaries
• Introductions to SSLAG ( safe schools Lagos Framework)
This summit is funded by the Safe School Alliance. For additional information on SSLAG initiatives, please visit👇
https://safeschoolslagos.ng/events or https://pie2you.com/safe-school-Alliance/
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