Kidnappings: Over 11, 000 schools shut down in North since 2020 – UNICEF

A total of 11, 536 schools have been closed since December 2020 due to abductions and security issues in the North.

A total of 11, 536 schools have been closed since December 2020 due to abductions and security issues in Northern Nigeria, the United Nations Children Fund, (UNICEF), has disclosed.

In an issued statement yesterday to mark the 8th anniversary of the abduction of 276 students at Government Girls’ Secondary School Chibok, the UN agency said the school closures have impacted the education of approximately 1.3 million children in the 2020/21 academic year.

It added that interruption of their learning contributes to gaps in children’s knowledge and skills and may lead to the loss of approximately $3.4 billion in these children’s lifetime earnings.

“This risks to further perpetuating cycles of poverty and inequality”, the agency said.

UNICEF revealed that since December 2020, 1,436 school children and 17 teachers have been abducted from schools, and 16 school children lost their lives.

The UN agency, therefore, called on the Nigerian government to make schools safe and provide a secure learning environment for every child, especially for girls, to increase girls’ enrolment, retention, and completion of education.

UNICEF further informed that with funding from donors, it is collaborating with the Federal Government to protect children’s right to education in a safe and inclusive learning environment.

Although Nigeria has ratified the Safe Schools Declaration, schools and learners are not sufficiently protected, UNICEF noted, adding that unless greater attention is given to protecting children, teachers and schools, they will continue to come under attack.

Urgent, coordinated action is needed to safeguard the right to learn for every child in Nigeria, it stressed.

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