ABOUT 10 million school-age girls are out-of-school in Nigeria with most of them from the northern parts of the country.
Head of United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Field Office, Kano, Rahamah Muhammed Farah, gave the figure during opening ceremony of a media dialogue me on girl child education in Kano, yesterday.
Speaking the event that was sponsored by United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development (UKFCDO), Farah explained that in Nigeria, girls bear brunt of challenges confronting the education sector.
“Currently in 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 Nigeria. This situation heightens the gender inequity where only one in four girls from poor, rural families complete Junior Secondary School education.
While the education crisis in Nigeria affects children across the country, some children are more likely to be affected than others, especially girls. The situation with girls’ education in Nigeria has been further affected by attacks on schools as these attacks have created an insecure learning environment, discouraged parents and caregivers from sending their children to schools, while at the same time the students themselves become fearful of going to school,” he said.
Farah also said that UNICEF has taken a number of measures including School Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans (SEPREP) to address both potential and actual threats on girl child education.