- It has been revealed that out of school children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million
- The findings on the increase was revealed by the Universal Basic Education (UBEC)
- Insurgency in the northern part of Nigeria is one of the factors affecting schooling in that part of the country
A survey has shown that the population of out of school children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million, the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) has said.
UBEC said although the National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) conducted by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Nigerian government in 2015 shows the 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school, the new survey which is yet to be made official shows that an increase of 2.7 million.
The executive secretary of UBEC, Hammid Bobboyi, disclosed the findings of the survey in Abuja on Thursday, October 4, at a pre-conference briefing of the the Northern Nigerian Traditional Rulers Conference on Out-of-School Children.
The conference will be holding in Kaduna on October 10 and 11.
Bobboyi, represented by the director of social mobilisation, Bello Kagara, said: “If you add the number of children that have been displaced and the increasing number of birth, you find out that our source in DHS conducted by UNICEF published in 2015 reveals the number of out of school children increased to 13.2 million.
“Over the last few years, Nigeria has been besieged by Boko Haram and lots of children have been put out of school. This is equally affecting the implementation of some education treaties that Nigeria is a signatory to."
He said the attacks by the insurgents was also affecting the socio-cultural development of Nigeria.
"Internationally, it is affecting the treaties in education across the globe as it affects the country," he said.
The UBEC executive secretary said it became important to for the federal government and the international agency to work closely with traditional and religious leaders to ensure that all strategies mapped out for reducing the number of out of school children is followed.
"They (traditional and religious leaders) will also help the federal government to know what kind of steps to take in addressing this issue," he noted.
Also Speaking, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mera, said it is expected that the federal government and UNICEF works with over 200 traditional and religious leaders on the project.
Mera said: "We are planning to have over 200 religious and traditional leaders and this includes health representatives in the region for this project."
In his own remark, the chief of education for UNICEF, Terry Durnnian, said: “The number of out of school children calls for serious concern. Nigeria should take on the challenge of reducing out of school children. UNICEF will only lead and support the process of reducing out of school children. Low budgetary allocation to education is a bane to the sector at all levels."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it hoped to expand access to quality education for 501,749 out-of-school children in four states in the north by 2020 under its Cash Transfer Programme (CTP).
The CTP was implemented in Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara under the Educate A Child (EAC-CTP) and Girls Education Project phase 3 (GEP3-CTP) project across 18 local government areas in the state.
UNICEF Education Specialist, Azuka Menkiti, disclosed this at a two-day workshop for education correspondent in Sokoto, on Wednesday, May 17.
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