A survey conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last year indicated that the population of out of school children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million, the highest in the world. Although most of these children are in Nigeria’s northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where Boko Haram insurgents have disrupted academic activities, the bulk of the figure also comes from the other 16 northern states. SGF bombs Buhari’s critics: Many people don’t know difference between the Fulani and herdsmen(Opens in a new browser tab) The consequence of this large out of school children is that there is a ready pool of children who can easily be manipulated to be agents of destruction and crime. For girl child, there is a close relationship between lack of formal education and cases of VVF and early marriages with all their attendant challenges. While the educational challenges in the north remain huge and could take deliberate and conscious efforts by the governments of the northern states to address, there seems to be a glimmer of hope after several years of neglect. It appears that something is being done both at individual level and at the level of… Read full this story
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