Daily Trust (Abuja)

16 June 2014

Nigeria Has 10.5 Million Children Out of School-Unicef

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has noted that the insecurity in some parts of Northern Nigeria is now a threat to girl's education as some parents are now scared of enrolling their female children in schools or removing those presently in schools.

Jean Gough, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, observed that Nigeria has 10.5 million out-of-school children, the highest number in the world (followed by Pakistan) with about 60 per cent of those children being girls and most in the north of the country.

In a statement issued by UNICEF spokesperson Geoffrey Njoku, the fund pointed out that almost one out of every three primary age children is out of school, and roughly one out of four junior secondary age children is out of school.

"The theme of this year's Day of the African Child - 'A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa" - offers us an opportunity to reflect on the situation of education in Nigeria.

"Due to security challenges numerous children currently have no access to schools in parts of the north, and particularly the northeast," it said.

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