Nigeria: 10 Million Children Still Out of School

Nigeria: 10 Million Children Still Out of School

The country representative of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Ms Jean Gough has said that Nigeria still had over 10.5 million children out of school and still roaming the street, which he described as 'unacceptable'.

Nigeria: 10 Million Children Still Out of School

The UNICEF country representative in his message to commemorate children day yesterday lamented that at the last count according to the 2012 Education For All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report, 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school when the country had the resources to enroll them into schools.

Gough pointed out that the security situation in some northern states is exacerbating the problem and suggested that for the children not to lose out on getting educated an interim measure using the school in the box approach could be implemented.

He said that if the Child Right Act is implemented most issues that protect children would be enshrined into law saying, "If we enforce the law children will not be on the streets hawking during school hours, there would be fewer cases of child abuse, our immunization coverage will increase and fewer children will die before their fifth birthday".

One of his worries includes "quality is also an issue. It is no use passing through nine years of basic education and still be unable to read and write. This is happening. UNICEF is working with its partners to intervene in the area of girls' education and the quality of basic education".

"Another area where our collective responsibility is urgently required is the protection of our children. Every day in the media we hear of one form of abuse or the other against children, rape of under aged children, child trafficking and so on'.

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