Abuja, Nigeria, Oct 27, 2018 / 05:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
Bishops and lawmakers in Nigeria gathered Oct. 15-18 to discuss the educational needs of children in the country in light of revelations of sexual abuse around the world.
More than 600 attendees were at the four-day summit on Catholic education, which took place at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Resource Centre in the capital city of Abuja. Bishops from around the country attended as well as government officials involved in education.
Bishop Peter Kayode Odetoyinbo of the diocese of Abeokuta delivered the opening address of the conference. The bishop reiterated the Church’s commitment to the provision of quality education for the holistic formation of Nigerian children, irrespective of their ethnic, religious or social status backgrounds. He encouraged the conference attendees to offer ideas for ways to keep Nigerian children safe.
“Catholic education should and must always protect the right and sexuality of the child,” Bishop Odetoyinbo said.
“The summit therefore is apt at this period of time when children are most hit by deprivation, abuses and ignorance...At the backdrop of the very recent spate of abuses especially sexual atrocities against minors, it is salient to have a discourse that would evoke the consciousness of all stakeholders in the Church’s commitments to the values and rights of the human person and teachings on human sexuality.”