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With the alarming increase in the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, the abduction of school children and the incessant violent conflicts, “What is the future of Education in Nigeria?” has become a pertinent question.

During one of our outreaches to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, we met a group of young girls who were out of school as a result of the terrorist attacks in their local government area. These girls valued education just as much as the other children in various IDP camps, however, their love for education cannot guarantee them having one. Disheartening, right? 

Violent conflict and early child marriage in Northern Nigeria adversely affect education. In a country where an estimated 10.5 million children were out of school a few years ago, a recent account by UNICEF shows that the population of out-of-school children in Nigeria has risen to 13.2 million – placing Nigeria as the country with the highest number of out-of-school children in the world. 

As the education system in Nigeria continues to face the challenges of disrupted school activities and abduction of school children, many more children are deprived of opportunities to be in the classroom again and even worse, 60% of Nigerian out-of-school children who are girls are likely to become child brides or become mothers at an early childhood stage. This is a major setback in our quest to achieve sustainable development in quality education; gender equality; peace, justice and strong institutions (SDGs 4, 5 and 16 respectively). 

We cannot boast of a good educational system in Nigeria when the state of education (especially in the Northern region) is drastically failing. It is about time we stood up and save the children. As a nation, a leader, an organisation and a citizen; we have to ask ourselves some honest questions. What is the future of education in Nigeria? What am I doing to help protect children in schools, especially children in violent-prone communities? Are there laws and policies that protect the rights of children? If yes, are they being enforced? 

One of the greatest lessons we have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is that we are all in this together and it is not just enough to care for ourselves, we must also care for others. 

You can start with one child, one community or one school. Dedicate some hours to create and promote the change you want to see in communities.  

Over the years, WBHF has worked with grassroot communities in the Northern part of Nigeria to implement impact programs that ensure children have access to quality education even in challenging times like the coronavirus pandemic and violent conflicts.

With the service of our team of amazing members, volunteers, donors and partners, WBHF has reached thousands of children over the years. We believe that ALL children deserve access to education, regardless of social or economic background. Remember, you are always welcome to contribute to social change online and/or offline. Imagine becoming a part of the reason a child from a low-income or underprivileged community can receive the quality education and care they desire and deserve. 

With the alarming increase in the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, the abduction of school children and the incessant violent conflicts, “What is the future of Education in Nigeria?” has become a pertinent question.

During one of our outreaches to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, we met a group of young girls who were out of school as a result of the terrorist attacks in their local government area. These girls valued education just as much as the other children in various IDP camps, however, their love for education cannot guarantee them having one. Disheartening, right? 

Violent conflict and early child marriage in Northern Nigeria adversely affect education. In a country where an estimated 10.5 million children were out of school a few years ago, a recent account by UNICEF shows that the population of out-of-school children in Nigeria has risen to 13.2 million – placing Nigeria as the country with the highest number of out-of-school children in the world. 

As the education system in Nigeria continues to face the challenges of disrupted school activities and abduction of school children, many more children are deprived of opportunities to be in the classroom again and even worse, 60% of Nigerian out-of-school children who are girls are likely to become child brides or become mothers at an early childhood stage. This is a major setback in our quest to achieve sustainable development in quality education; gender equality; peace, justice and strong institutions (SDGs 4, 5 and 16 respectively). 

We cannot boast of a good educational system in Nigeria when the state of education (especially in the Northern region) is drastically failing. It is about time we stood up and save the children. As a nation, a leader, an organisation and a citizen; we have to ask ourselves some honest questions. What is the future of education in Nigeria? What am I doing to help protect children in schools, especially children in violent-prone communities? Are there laws and policies that protect the rights of children? If yes, are they being enforced? 

One of the greatest lessons we have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is that we are all in this together and it is not just enough to care for ourselves, we must also care for others. 

You can start with one child, one community or one school. Dedicate some hours to create and promote the change you want to see in communities.  

Over the years, WBHF has worked with grassroot communities in the Northern part of Nigeria to implement impact programs that ensure children have access to quality education even in challenging times like the coronavirus pandemic and violent conflicts.

With the service of our team of amazing members, volunteers, donors and partners, WBHF has reached thousands of children over the years. We believe that ALL children deserve access to education, regardless of social or economic background. Remember, you are always welcome to contribute to social change online and/or offline. Imagine becoming a part of the reason a child from a low-income or underprivileged community can receive the quality education and care they desire and deserve. 

Every child is your child!

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