Nigeria: Out of School Children - Unicef Commences Outreach in Northern States

The United Nations Children Fund UNICEF said it is worried over the large number of out-of -school children especially in Katsina and Kano states.

Arewa Trust Weekly reports that of the 13.2m estimated Out-Of-School-Children (OOSC) in Nigeria, the north has the highest figure with Kano and Katsina among the tops.

The UNICEF's Chief Education Officer in Nigeria, Wose Euphrates, said during a visit to Governor Aminu Masari in Katsina, that it has commenced an outreach to these states with a view to changing the tide.

"One of the strategies of reduction of OOSC is by strengthening government systems to deliver quality education with foundational and employability skills for learners," she said.

The need for the visit was to emphasize the concerns over the growing number and to evolve ways of addressing the challenge, she added

"SDG data on OOSC shows Nigeria as worst in indicators, while the North West shares the huge burden. The visit is to emphasize concerns on growing number of out-of-school-children despite huge investments.

"It will be a wasted opportunity if children do not receive quality learning at the right age, time and environment,"

Responding, Governor Aminu Bello Masari observed that figures on OOSC is alarming, with Katsina among leading states.

He pledged to introduce entrepreneurship education at Integrated Quranic Schools while also promising to enhance family investment through promoting girl child education always.

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