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50% of World’s out-of-school Children are in Nigeria – Education Ministry



50% of World's out-of-school Children are in Nigeria - Education MinistryThe Ministry of Education has disclosed that 50% of the cumulative 20 million out of school children in the world are in Nigeria.

According to Guardian, this was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry Adamu Hussaini at the opening of the 62nd National Council on Education (NCE) in Kano.

He said the percentage represents 10.5 million of the 20 million out-of-school children in the world.

He blamed cultural factors for this, saying: “Almajiri-children, those of the nomadic pastoralists, boy and girl-child dropout, social miscreants, children living with disability, those of migrant fishermen and more recently, children displaced by insurgency, constitute the bulk of the affected children.”

He also blamed the Federal Government’s poor investment in the sector, saying that the country’s inability to overwhelm the devastating challenges of unemployment and insecurity is due to the poor state of its education.

He complained that some states and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) have been unable to access the 2015 education intervention fund.

He added: “No nation can achieve economic prosperity without a sound, inclusive and functional education system. The security and stability of the country, to a large extent, depends on its ability to provide functional education to its citizens.”

Education activist Malala Yousafzai had visited the country last week and asked the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to declare a state of emergency on the education sector.


  1. iskaba

    July 25, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    This is a big shame…. It takes a teenager to tell you people to do the right thing… 10 million out of school? HOW?.. Nigerian government.. You people are trash ..

  2. AdeLani

    July 25, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Wow, this is sad. What can we do to improve the education system in this country?

  3. Me!!........

    July 25, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    When the head a country is languishing in a foreign hospital without any qualms…….. and the “politricktians” are busy stuffing their pockets with the country’s meager resources, this is definitely one of the results! Shame on the Nigerian government and the Nigerian people for being so docile!!!!

  4. Omo Oba

    July 25, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I agree, there are many children out of school in Nigeria, but… 50% of the world’s out-of-school children are Nigerians? I’m afraid that’s just kagawa data, these guys just throw figures up and down…. that figure can’t be true, UNESCO data says about or more than 260 million children are out of school, by the minister’s data, 130 million would be in Nigeria, … how many adults do we have in Nigeria? what is Nigeria’s estimated population? …. #saynotokagawadata

    • amaa

      July 25, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Whoever writes speech and briefs for this politicians need to do more reseach. Google is your friend and Oga politician you too doo!!!!!!!!!!!! your research . It is obvious that your data is flawed. Even without looking at UNESCO website. With displacement due to wars in parts of East Africa,Middle East you will think that this man will put 2 together. But no some one will look at this narrative and authoritatively say that Nigerian children are out of school.
      The North has an emergency on their hands . They have always lagged behind in the education sector due to cultural, Cultural and BH issues which has worsened it . To say the whole Nigerian has a problem is false

  5. Sunshiney

    July 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    “According to new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the number of children out of school includes 61 million children of primary school age, 60 million of lower secondary school age, and 142 million of upper secondary school age.”

    Of these 263 million children, somehow I doubt that half are in Nigeria (and I’m not even Nigerian), the figures just make no sense. People need to do research before they just make any kind of statement publicly. If there is a problem with the school system, just say so and find ways to fix it. If this is truly a statement from PS of the Min. of Education, then that person needs to be disciplined or fired…


    July 25, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I totally and completely agree with that figure. We should all ask permanent secretary Adamu Hussaini how they arrived at that figure? My answer is the Nothern Nigerian factor”. Of cause when you are allowed to count all your animals ( Cows, Goats, camels and Sheep ) litters add those figures to the human figures. Then we can all understand how they arrived at that ridiculous figures period. Talking about the root cause of this problem as mentioned by our retarded liar gentleman Adamu Hussaini. Cultural causes. You forgot to mention that your past and current leaders in the Northern part of Nigeria lied, stole and deceived their people using the religious card to to deceive their grandparents and parents that begging and going the quranic school was their best option. They were so gullible to have believed them then and now. The consequential result of all the lies that were told to them then is the BOKO HARAM terrorist the entire Country is currently experiencing. All the perpetrators of all these atrocities will burn in hell.

  7. Moniker

    July 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    It stops here. Nothing will be done. I don tire to de pray.

  8. LemmeRant

    July 25, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    And I can bet 80% of that 50% children are from the North.

    Send your children to school. No you won’t hear

  9. Agu

    July 25, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    As much as nigeria have out of school children, there is no way we have 50% of world children that are out of School. The last time I checked Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and China where leading Nigeria on this matter. I hate how some times Nigeria throw numbers around without knowing the negative impact it will bring.

  10. tunmi

    July 25, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    So… What are the next steps?

    • nnenne

      July 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      @ tunmi……Right steps????
      Start from having fewer children!
      Our ancestors married many wives and had many children because they needed more hands on the farm! They didn’t have to send their kids to school . Now we do!

      Fifty years after colonial rule, with no war fought in the north, it’s about time.
      In my opinion, No one has benefitted from the Nigerian state more than the North! !! Let them look at themselves and stop this PITY PARTY!
      Most development in Eastern Nigeria is from the diaspora, as they live all over the world and send dividends home.

      That figure is wrong though!

  11. Anon

    July 26, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Nigerians do have the most children in the world out of school. Even Malala used that stat If you know how large and populous the north is, you’ll believe. But 50% of all the worlds children… I don’t agree

  12. Sammie

    July 26, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Even for those who went to school, the quality is much to desired. There is no emphasis on critical reasoning,asking questions and creativity.

    The curriculum (esp. The engineering and Technology courses) are outdated and obsolete.

    The knowledge learnt isn’t relevant in solving our society’s problems. Employers usually have to re-train graduates before taking them in.

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