Nobel Laureate Calls for Action on Girls' Education in Nigeria
The Nobel laureate and Pakistani female education activist Malala Yousafzai is in Nigeria, accompanied by UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed.
Malala called for global action to support girls' education in Nigeria, including providing funding for schools and teachers and working to end the violence that prevents girls from going to school. Nigeria has one of the highest rates of out-of-school children in the world, with over 10 million girls not in school. The Boko Haram insurgency has had a devastating impact on girls' education in Nigeria, with over 2,000 girls abducted from their schools since 2014.
Malala praised global initiatives to boost education and gender equality, which will help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of quality education for all by 2030. Yet she again stressed that "this handful of victories can't hide how little has changed for hundreds of millions of girls", including the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Malala has made three trips to Nigeria alone, meeting with activists and young women, and also with parents whose daughters were among the 276 girls abducted in the Chibok school kidnapping in 2014.
She will be celebrating her 26th birthday while in Nigeria.
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Malala Yousafzai is presented with a portrait by students of the Lafiya Sariri Learning Centre students in Borno state, North-eastern Nigeria. Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed looks on.