eCross section of participants at the conference
21ST CENTURY PARENTS CONFERENCE
Portsbridge Educational Services in collaboration with Raberto Schools, Abuja organised a day conference in Abuja for parents and teachers to discuss on the role of parents and teachers in communicating sexuality to children and understanding your child’s learning needs.
Barrister Ati Amali, Legal Adviser addressing the participants at the conference
According to Barrister Ati Amali, while speaking at the seminar, emphasized on the need to start sex education very early from 18 months old in other to build a positive trusting relationship with children. She also spoke about the legal implication of child sexual abuse and the way to report abuse.
“Holistic development of children with regards to learning” was presented by Mrs. Helen Oshikoya; a SEN Consultant and one of the facilitators spoke on. She placed emphasis on the need for child assessment in other to clearly ascertain a diagnosis so as to lead to greater learning outcomes. The need for paid private tutoring for children who need extra help was also buttressed.
Mrs. Monisola Alonge; an experienced Early years instructor spoke on the topic “Psychological First Aid for Victims of Sexual Abuse.” She defined psychological first aid as a humane, supportive response to a fellow human being who is suffering and who may need support or has been sexually abused. The counselling procedure for a sexually abused child was accurately described. The need for empathy, care, confidentiality, referral etc. were strongly emphasized.
To further buttress the counselling procedure for sexually abused, Mrs Ngozi Afam; a principal moderated a session where parents were invited for role playing. This helped parents to correctly understand their role in providing psychological first aid.
Mr Alex Agara, a clinical psychologist spoke on “Drug abuse by teenagers”. He exposed parents to different drugs commonly abused by teenagers, prevention tips and drug paraphernalia.