As the country gets too deep with coronavirus, it is vital we consider the profound impact school closures could have on children facing abuse at home and neglect.

Is no longer news that our home is far more dangerous than school right now – we must do all we can to protect children every well-meaning Nigeria is invited to be part of this battle, this hidden battle that is about to destroy humanity.

To many people, sending children home may seem like the safest option, but the sad reality is that not all children are safe at home. Teachers act as the eyes and ears of the community, and are often the first to spot signs of abuse and neglect, and can be fundamental in ensuring children receive the right support and protection. Daily contact with these trusted adults, also including youth and mental health workers, means children can raise issues that are worrying them, including abuse.

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