Over 1 Million Children Afraid of Returning to School In Nigeria
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says at least one million children will likely stay away from school because of the threat of violence, following a series of mass kidnappings and attacks targeting learners in 2021 alone. More than 1,000 learners have been taken for ransom by criminal gangs in Nigeria's northwest and central states since December 2020. Most have been released after ransom negotiations, but only after weeks or months in captivity, often in appalling conditions in rural camps.
According to UNICEF, more than 37 million Nigerian children will start the new school year in September 2021 but many are being cut off from their education and other vital benefits schools provide, as families and communities remain fearful of sending their children back.
Some state governments have temporarily closed schools to protect learners.
1 Million Children in Nigeria Could Miss School - UNICEF
VOA, 16 September 2021
The U.N. Children's Fund in Nigeria said at least 1 million Nigerian children could miss school this year because of insecurity, as schools in the north of the country have been… Read more »
Insecurity - UNICEF Estimates 1m Nigerian Children 'Afraid to Return to School'
Premium Times, 15 September 2021
UNICEF said there have been 20 attacks on schools this year, leading to the abduction of 1,436 children, 16 deaths and more than 200 children missing. Read more »
UN Condemns Attack On Schools, Calls for More Efforts to Protect Students
This Day, 15 September 2021
The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has strongly condemned the incessant attacks on schools and kidnappings that have affected… Read more »
UNICEF Urges More Protection for Children, Schools, Says 950 Abducted
This Day, 8 July 2021
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