To Curb Gender-Based Violence, Episcopal Church Trains Schools on Code of Conduct

YARPAH TOWN,  River Cess – About 25 school teachers and administrators in River Cess have received training on the Code of Conduct booklet for teachers and school administrators as organized by the Episcopal Church of Liberia’s Relief Development.

According to J. Jonah Boykai, the Gender-Based Violence manager of Relief Development, “the objective of the project is to reduce gender-based violence within the schools.”

“We are running a gender-based violence program to eliminate or reduce violence against women and girls,” Boykai said. “We work with faith leaders and youth groups as well. During our meetings, we decided to do some work in the schools’ Code of Conduct.”

The first day of the workshop brought together 25 participants, including teachers and administrators from five schools in Central “C” Education District 1. The second and final day ended with 25 students, five from each school.

“We are working with faith leaders in River Cess and Grand Cape Mount Counties, and we are working with 15 schools in each of the counties,” Boykai noted. “Our main focus is to teach the Code of Conduct, mainly from Section 6, which focuses on teacher-student relationships.”

“The training came at the right time because people have been silenced on the issue of GBV in the county,” said Solomon Morris, one of the participants. “This will create a good learning environment for our children, and not only in the schools but out of schools also.”

Solomon Morris said "this will create a good learning environment for our children." Photo: Eric Doue

Solomon Morris said “this will create a good learning environment for our children.” Photo: Eric Doue

At the end of the two-day training, which was held in Yarpah Town, participating schools were asked to establish school committees to monitor GBV issues in their respective schools.

Schools participating included Gbedia Public, Yarpah Town Public, Nyorwein Public, Tompoe Town Public, and Tompoe Town Annex.

Featured photo by Eric Doue

Eric Doue

Eric Opa Doue is a co-founder of Echo Radio Station, which does a series of programs in Bassa, Kru, and simple Liberian English. Under his leadership, Echo Radio was selected as one of the Moody Radio global partners for training opportunities in 2013 and 2014. Eric was one of a handful of reporters who received training from Internews in 2015 on humanitarian reporting during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He holds a diploma in Journalism, from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

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