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10 Million Nigerian Children Don’t Attend School – UNICEF



Ten Million Nigerian Kids Out of School Bella Naija

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 10 million children are out of school in Nigeria. This makes it the country with the highest number of children in the world without education.

Almost 60 percent of these 10 million live in the mainly Muslim north.

The report also states that almost one of three primary-school aged children and one in four secondary-school aged children is not enrolled.

In a recent statement condemning the abduction of the Borno school girls, UNICEF stated that “In many states, girls are twice as likely to be out of school as boys. In some parts of Nigeria, only five per cent of the poorest young women are literate. Given these challenges, it is disturbing that the girls were abducted to prevent them from attending school.”

The organisation also reports that in the last three months, about 15,000 children in Northern Nigeria have stopped attending classes due to unrest caused by the Boko Haram insurgency, Punch reports.

Photo Credit: Punch


  1. nicolas

    May 19, 2014 at 6:52 am

    For how long can we continue like this?the issue of boko haram should be properly tackle once and for all


    May 19, 2014 at 7:40 am

    10million out of 171million people!

    • pynk

      May 19, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Your calculation is even wrong. Children under 15 account for an estimated 44% of the population. So one out of every 8 children Is out of school. Also keep in mind that not all the other 7 that are in school will be educated beyond mediocre levels. There are two issues at hand lack of education and under education. Afterall Patience Goodluck was a teacher. These under educated and un-educated children will be the threat to the existence of the educated ones.

      for those looting Nigeria, if you loot and send your children to Harvard, yale or wherever, if they come back to this environmemt the children you robbed of their entitlement will haunt your children or their children. Its not a prophecy its fact.

    • pynk

      May 19, 2014 at 10:54 am

      It is actually 10 million out of approximately 75million school age children. Lets also keep in mind thats about 1 out of 8 children out of school. About half of the 7 in school are under educated, nigeria ranks ridiculously low on the global education index. Our education system is not competitive from a global standpoint.

      The challenges the system faces are corruption, lack of technical skill (think about it Patience goodluck was a teacher) and underfunding. Many people would send their children to school daily if their were benefits that they could understand. Some public schools by the time the parents pay for uniforms, books and other trumped up charges, there is no incentive to send the child. India has the feed the School children programs. It draws the children to school because it eliminates the feeding burden from parents.its not perfect but it works.

      to those who continue to loot and rape Nigeria, if you like send your child to Harvard, Yale or Oxford. If your child comes back to Nigeria his or her existence is threatened by the un educated or under educated peer or their offspring.

  3. Livy

    May 19, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Starve the people of knowledge, food and slide them deep into ignorance then you have control over them. Nigerian self serving leaders (especially the northerners) understand this concept. And u wonder why a single tutor, spiritual leader and politician will cow men into carrying dangerous ideologies, which they are prepared to die for.

    Love from Brisbane

  4. @edDREAMZ

    May 19, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Our leaders of tomorrow… This is serious..

  5. @1bougiechick

    May 19, 2014 at 11:40 am

    This saddens me so much. Is the Nigerian government active on this issue or nah??

  6. mulikat

    May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    out of the 10 million nigeria kids dont go to school, north have 9.8 million cos Boko Harm education is a sin over thier, many like Almahjir school than western school,that is the truth.

  7. StudySearch

    May 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Advocacy programmes should be encourage to make parents see the benefits of sending their wards to school at an early age. While stakeholders need to provide safe learning environment for the kids.


    May 20, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Very bad…mschew

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