A non-profit organization, the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation (NKF), which aims to promote knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICT) and the proper use of the Internet among young people, called for protection physical and online improved and fair children.
Speaking on Children’s Day 2022, the Foundation observed that the exponential growth of technology has created enormous opportunities for children and young people around the world; because it allows them to learn, share and communicate, and to express themselves freely without inhibition or boundaries.
According to statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), as of March 2022, Nigeria had 145.9 million internet users out of a population of 211.4 million.
The Ndukwe Kalu Foundation (NKF) pointed out that with more subscribers accessing the internet every day, it has become relevant and necessary to address technology in the lives of young internet users, especially as groups actively involved in SDG 16.2 which calls for an end to abuse, exploitation, violence and torture against children by 2030.
While highlighting these points, Ms. Ibukun Odusote, President of the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation, called on stakeholders to combine their efforts to facilitate continuous awareness and protection campaigns to protect children online.
She said policies and other regulatory instruments should be given the same level of priority for children’s physical and online safety.
Ms Odusote hinted that the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation Board had approved the Child Online Safety, Protection and Abuse Reporting (COSPRA) Terms of Reference.
“The Foundation’s Board of Directors has identified, among other things, ideas for collaboration, signs and symptoms of online abuse through internet use and how best to handle such situations; provide necessary outreach, counseling and promotional support to affected child and young victims.
“As part of the fulfillment of COSPRA’s mandate, the Foundation is planning three key events; first, the annual online summit on child safety and protection in collaboration with multi-stakeholder groups facilitating the exchange and circulation of information and prevention tools for best practices;
“Secondly, we will conduct a “Train the Trainer” training program in the six (6) geopolitical zones of Nigeria to increase awareness of safe practices in schools; and third, to promote open discussions, debates, events, programs, etc., in conversations with multi-stakeholders and key partners globally”.
The President listed COSPRA’s mandate as follows: “To ensure a safer and more secure online environment for children and young people; participate in active campaigns among all stakeholders in sharing knowledge and experiences; encourage procedures for improving legal regulations as well as self-regulatory instruments in terms of child online safety; among others.”
She added that the Foundation is positioned to promote safe activities on the Internet and how issues affecting the lives of its young users and the digital environment are protected.
The Ndukwe Kalu Foundation (NKF) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization and special purpose vehicle established in April 2013 by the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) as the arm of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the sole purpose of stimulating developments. in the technological space in memory of the late Engr. Ndukwe Kalu – The pioneer Chairman of NiRA who dedicated his life to driving Information Technology in Nigeria.
Based at NiRA office at 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos with seven (7) appointed members of the Board of Directors (BoT) consisting of Chairman, Chairman of NiRA, Secretary, Family member Ndukwe Kalu and 3 other members of the public inaugurated to oversee the activities of the Foundation, NKF has provided relief support to children’s homes and other donations since its inception to date across the country.
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