Sunday 19 January 2020


The 2020 ECOWAS Human Rights Day was celebrated in Abuja on the 16th of January in collaboration with Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD). I am a Senior Fellow of CDD. The theme of this year's celebration is 'The Right to Education for PLWDs, IDPs, Refugees, Returnees and Stateless Persons'. I was a facilitator at the conference.

Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa speaking @ the ECOWAS/CDD conference on the Rights of PLWDs, IDPs, Refugees, Returnees & Stateless Persons

Some of the participants were:

*Tony Ojukwu - Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
*Mrs. Sadiya Umar Farouq - Minister of Humanitarian Affairs
*Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed - Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants & IBPs
*Prof. Bappa Aliyu-Muhammadu - Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE)
*Dr. Masa'udu Adamu Kazaure - Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)
*Osai Ojigho - Director, Amnesty International, Nigeria
*Alozie Amaechi Godfrey - Director, Humanitarian Affairs, ECOWAS
*Emmanuel Okorodudu - Head Division, Democracy & Good Governance, Department of Political Affairs, Peace & Regional Security, ECOWAS
*Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa - Conflict Transformation Expert & Senior Fellow, CDD
*U. Jasper - Programme Officer, CDD
*Rep. of ICRC
*Rep. of IOM
*Rep. of the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
*Rep. of UNESCO West Africa

Then, participants viewed the documentary on the right to education for PLWDs, Refugees, Returnees & stateless persons.

A cross-section of participants viewing the film on 'Right to Education for PLWDs, IDPs, Refugees, Returnees & Stateless Persons

Some of the sub-themes discussed for protecting the right to education for PLWDs, IDPs, Refugees, Returnees & Stateless Persons were:

*Role of home vs host states
*Who is a 'stateless person'?
*From Policy to Action - Opportunities & Creative Frameworks for developing/deploying formal Vocational/Technical Education Policies
-The role of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, etc
-Psycho-social support
-Invention & Creative Hubs
*Effective Camp Management for IDPs & Refugees
*The Kampala Convention (KC): Is it possible to replicate this at the ECOWAS level?
-Niger as 1st state to domesticate the KC.
-Can other West African states learn anything from Niger?
*Harmonisation of the educational system for the Francophone & Anglophone countries?
*Coordination of activities of Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, NCRMIDPs, ECOWAS, CDD, etc
*Lobby for increase in Education Budgets
*Human Rights as part of all Development Policies
*The use of Traditional Methods of Conflict Transformation in dealing with challenges as they arise
*CSOs partnership with ECOWAS
*Special care of vulnerable females e.g. Safe Schools
*Role of the Private Sector & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
*Terrorism and DDRR among this demographic
*Explore the use of extant local languages for instruction
*ECOWAS Protocol on Education
-Cultural Education Rights
*The use of Traditional & Social Media to promote the cause of this demographic
-Communication Strategy
-Strategic Communication (StratCom)
*Specialised Education Reporting

                                         Panelists discussing a sub-theme @ the conference

                                                                         Group photo

It was a fruitful and timely discourse on the vital issue of effective inclusion of PLWDs, IDPs, Refugees, Returnees & Stateless Persons in the educational system across the West African sub-region via ECOWAS with the support of individual nation-states, CSOs, CBOs, the Private Sector, etc. The conversation continues via #ECOWASHumanRightsDay. There was also the resolve to work with viable Innovation Hubs for the effective revamping of the education of persons that fall within the demographic in question...

Related Links

*ECOWAS tasks members on increased budget for IDPs, Refugees' Education
*CDD solicits inclusion policy for PLWDs, IDPs in education
*Language endangerment: Why & how should we protect them?
*West African states marred in controversy over single currency
*How important could technology be for literacy in African countries?
*How can Africa improve access to quality education?
*The Almajiri crisisin the North: A cry for our children by Nigerian mothers
*Is West Africa's Eco Currency just an echo of the colonial past?
*ECOWAS & Spain to strengthen the voice of women in peace and security
*The function of education is to think intensively and critically. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no moral  -  Martin Luther King Jr.
*UNICEF has released new data showing major discrepancies in the way public education funding is distributed   www.peace-ed-campaign-org/unicef-report-addressing-the-learning-crisis-an-urgent-need-to-better-finance-education-for-the-poor-children/
*Why are millions of children out of school in Africa?
*Africa's colonialism of the English Language
*Changing the lives of 25,000 children: Cote d'Ivoire building schools with bricks made from plastic waste  #sustaiability  #innovation
*$797m outstanding levy: ECOWAS Parliament holds session on improving funding

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