More than 13 million Nigerian children out of school - UN

More than 13 million Nigerian children out of school - UN

- A new survey by the UN has revealed that contrary to 10.5 million, 13.2 million Nigerian children are out of school

- UN said those kids are forced out of school due to the persistent insurgency in the northeast

- It also said Borno, Yobe and Adamawa have the highest number of the out of school kids in the world

A shocking survey by the United Nations has revealed that the number of Nigerian kids who are out of school has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million, the highest in the world.

VOA reports that the children are in Nigeria's northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa where Boko Haram insurgency has paralysed academic activities.

Legit.ng gathers that most of the children are out of school while some have never been to school before.

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Expressing her worries about the future of her kids, one of the mothers, Favour Shikaan, said lack of financial capability forced her children out of school.

She said: "They are four in number and... two are going to school. The other one is small actually, but even though she's small, she has grown to the stage whereby she can go to school if not the financial...like the two that are going to transport from here to Apo resettlement everyday is not easy because there's no money due to our economy today."

Shikaan said she left Borno state for Abuja with her kids due to the Boko Haram insurgency. She added that out of her four kids, she can only send only two to schools.

One of the children, an eleven year old Bright Shikaan, said she wanted to become medical doctor, though she has never been to school before.

She said: "I want to be a doctor in the future, but now I'm not going to school. I don't know how I'll be a doctor."

According to an education psychologist, Mayowa Adegbile, the increasing numbers of out of school children in Nigeria has posed a threat to the economic growth of the country.

She attributed the incredible number to insurgency ravaging northeast state, adding that girls are the most affected by the plight.

"60% of that population are girls only, and you know when you bring it back home, every girl becomes a mother or a woman who would in turn take care of other children.

"And for a woman who goes to school it has a ripple effect, an economical ripple effect. When she goes to school, she has education, she gets a job, even if she doesn't have a job... even if it's just basic secondary school education, she can communicate basic English and mathematics.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a senior special assistant to President Muhammadu on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, had said that 60% of 10.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria are girls.

Orelope-Adefulire said this at the inauguration of the United Nations (UN) Women’s SDGs report, entitled "Turning Promises into Action: Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," on Monday, November 26, in Abuja.

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