This is a post from the blog of ‘jujufilms’ which highlights instances of abuse of children in some boarding schools in Nigeria. But these instances of abuse are not just to Nigeria, but I believe worldwide, if they are not known about, then are they waiting to be unearthed.
In the UK we have had many instances of abuse against children which has been allowed to occur for more years than it should. But why do the supposed responsible authorities allow the actions of harm to persons at risk of harm. In the UK we have legislation which is supposed to protect those that may be at harm, but if the responsible authorities ignore the legislation, then what else can be done?
One of our latest instances is the ‘Saville abuse scandal‘ where the police, the judiciary, BBC, prison authority, Health Authorities, children homes and may be others, have all, over a span of at least 50 years, allowed instances of harm to occur to persons at risk of harm. While some of the persons who committed these instances have now been brought before the UK courts and been sentenced, we are still waiting to hear why these acts and persons were allowed the time and opportunity. Why have the authorities and the supposed persons in authority also not be brought before the courts, is there still a conspiracy of silence?
This follows one of my previous posts ‘Abuse, what is and to whom‘.
Can anyone answer the question ‘Why is abuse allowed to continue?’
In some countries it may be down to culture, but it may also be due to lacking responsibility, afraid to make public, not noticing, not understanding abuse or other reasons. Then you have the fear of what may happen to you if you make your concerns known to others. But if people are not prepared to be responsible, then abuse and the abusers will go unchallenged and more persons will be subjected to acts of harm.
British colonialists introduced western style education and boarding schools to Nigeria same as Christianity. During the early period of colonialism there were only a handful of schools in the country, many students had to travel far from home to attend the best schools. Indigenes living in close proximity to these schools but could not afford to attend were subsidized.
Privileged Nigerians who themselves had previously studied in England and could afford the tuition and boarding sent their children overseas for school. In the last two decades the number of private boarding schools in the country has increased considerably, partly due to a failed public school system and an emerging middle class.
Two decades ago there where no boarding schools in my community but today we have two within two miles of my childhood home and the situation is the same for many towns and cities across the country.
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