A non-profit organisation, Moral Values and Ethics Support Foundation (MoVES) is to establish ethics club in 1,000 schools to fight increasing moral decadence in the society.
The President, of MoVES, Mrs Pat Oseh who made this known at a sensitisation meeting on Friday in Abuja, said the foundation is to partner with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB).
She said it was time to take restoration of morals seriously to tackle issues of kidnapping and other vices.
“We are launching the Moral Values and Ethics School Club May in September.
“We cannot achieve this all by ourselves and that is why we are working with UBEB which is in charge of all public primary schools and junior secondary schools.
“We have a representative from UBEB and heads of department of UBEB from the six area councils in the FCT in attendance.
“We have briefed the FCT UBEB on the core values, our mission. We agreed that it is very important to teach ethics and values in schools,” she said.
Oseh, who is also the founder of the organisation said all hands must be on deck to restore the country’s values, which she said was being seriously eroded.
“We have the support a couple of private schools,” she said.
She added that a workbook would be provided to test the knowledge of the various topics and issues bothering around integrity, credibility, respect, honesty, professionalism and much more.
“We are also planning a programme where we will host teachers because there is no point giving teachers manuals when they have not been trained on how to use it.
“And once the clubs are set up, we will follow up on the activities to ensure the right thing is being done.
“We are working with a team of over 200 volunteers to follow up on the clubs while hoping to have more volunteers.”
Oseh said the mission and vision of the organisation was in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) one to five, eight to 10 and 17.
Also speaking, Mr Bulus Danladi, Head of Ethics and Values Unit, FCT UBEB said the board decided to partner with the MoVES in view of the tremendous impact the clubs would make in restoring the society’s core values.
He said: “by the time we key into this programme, it will help to reduce social vices in various schools and communities.
“The establishment of the clubs will go a long way in reducing the rate of crime which in most cases is as a result of deteriorating ethics and values.
“We will give the organisation maximum cooperation to ensure that we revive our fallen standards.
“It is time to see changes in the behaviour of Nigerians who no longer have regard for morals.”
Also contributing, Jumai Laura, Head of Department, Ethics and Values, Gwagwalada Local Education Authority said there could not have been a better time to reorient Nigerians than now.
“The vision of this organisation is very timely because that is what the society needs at this time.
“The partnership will help tackle this menace,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that MoVES is a non profit organisation that focuses on child education, women’s rights, women and girl-child empowerment, eradication of violence as well as gender equality. (NAN)