- According to the UNICEF's recent report, there are not less than 10.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria
- The report also reveals that Bauchi is top on the list of affected states with about 1.1 million children out of school
- However, the Eat’N’Go Limited in partnership with Slum2School Africa in Nigeria has said that it is making moves to deal with the situation
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that Nigeria has not less than 10.5 million out-of-school children, which is the largest number globally.
In it recent report, the UNICEF said: ‘’Sixty-nine per cent of those children are in northern Nigeria, just as 60 per cent of the out-of-school children are girls.’’
Confirming the figure, Pernille Ironside, UNICEF's deputy representative in Nigeria, added that the ages of the affected children are 6-14 years.
Ironside also revealed that Bauchi state has the highest number with 1.1 million children that are out of school followed by Katsina which has 781,500.
Moreover, Hamid Bobboyi, the executive secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), said that the number of out-of-school children increased between 2010 and 2015 from 10.5 million to 13.2 million.
In response to the unwholesome trend, the Eat’N’Go Limited in partnership with Slum2School Africa in Nigeria have donated the sum of N50 million for 1000 children to return to school in 2019.
Both humanitarian groups, through this partnership, aim to procure sound education for 1000 under-privileged Nigerian children through targeted funds raised from December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019.
Patrick McMichael, the chief executive officer of Eat’N’Go Limited, said: ‘’This initiative seeks to directly contribute N50 million generated from proceeds of select products from Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery and Pink Berry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt.’’
McMichael said that for every Cinnastix purchase from Domino’s Pizza, N100 will be donated to this cause; for every waffle purchased at Cold Stone Creamery, N100 will also be given back while Pink Berry will donate N100 on every bubble waffle purchase.
He explained that the sponsorship for each child was valued at N50,000; McMichael also pointed out that the 1000 children would receive quality education with psycho-social support encompassing school needs such as; instructional materials, uniforms, shoes, books, excursions, medical support, extra-curricular classes, tech classes, teacher support among others.
Concerning Eat’N’Go’s partnership with Slum2School Africa, which is a volunteer-driven developmental organisation that provides quality education to disadvantaged children, McMichael said: “We understand the value quality education contributes to an economy and it is our responsibility to ensure we expand our support in partnership with NGos like Slum2School who can help us achieve these goals.
“We believe that as individuals and corporate organisations, we have a collective role to play in improving the state of education in the country.
“We are thankful for this opportunity to lend our support to the development of the educational system for children in Nigeria and we cannot wait to do even more.”
Also, Otto Orondaam, founder of Slum2School Africa quoted UNICEF as saying that “Nigeria records the largest number of out-of-school-children in the world.”
This, he noted, remains a looming threat to the economic prosperity, social security and developmental sustainability of the nation. According to him, every child has a right to quality education, adding: “That’s why we partner with organisations across the world to support as many disadvantaged children in Nigeria as possible.
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“We are grateful to be working with Eat’N’Go which supports our “Hope For Every Child” initiative, and we hope that in the coming years, our goal would increase to cover thousands more.”
Orondaam remarked that through the partnership Eat’N’Go has shown a proactive approach in dealing with the huge challenge of quality education for children.
He said: “The organisation has further showcased its commitment to impacting Nigeria, and making it a better place one cause at a time.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a shocking survey by the United Nations had revealed that the number of Nigerian kids who were out of school had risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million, the highest in the world.
Legit.ng gathered that the children are in Nigeria's northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa where Boko Haram insurgency had paralysed academic activities.
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