UNICEF: 10m girls out-of-school in Federal Republic of Nigeria

UNICEF: 10m girls out-of-school in Federal Republic of Nigeria

From Agaju Madugba,

The Nations Agency for Children () has said estimated 10 million school-age are out-of-school with most of them from northern Federal Republic of .

However, population of girls that now have access to education in the region has risen to 1.4 million.

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According to UNICEF Head, Kano , Rahamah Muhammed Farah, in Federal Republic of Nigeria, girls bear what he describes as a sizeable burden of the that the education sector.

Farah spoke in Kano in the ceremony of a media dialogue on Girls’ Education by the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and (FCDO) and implemented by UNICEF.

“Currently in Federal Republic of Nigeria, there are 18.5 million out-of-school children, 60 per cent of these out-of-school children are girls – that is over 10 million girls are out of school

“Most importantly, you will need to know that the majority of these out of school children are actually from northern Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“This situation the gender inequity where only one in four girls from poor, rural families complete Junior Secondary School education.

“While the education in Federal Republic of Nigeria affects children across the country, some children are more likely to be affected than others, especially  girls.

“The situation with girls’ education in Federal Republic of Nigeria has been further affected by attacks on schools as these attacks have created an insecure learning , discouraged and caregivers from sending their children to schools, while in the same time, the themselves become fearful of going to school.”

He noted that UNICEF has taken a number of , its School Emergency Preparedness and to mitigate the of potential and actual threats on education of girls.

“In Kano , for example, through the Girls’ Education Project  funded by FCDO, 300 SBMC members have been trained.

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