‘Why out-of-school children increased by eight million in North West’ NCNE explains – Nexus News
The National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) has connected the increase in out-of-school children from 10.5 million in 2021 to 18.5 million in 2022 to banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and early marriage in the North West.
Revealing this, yesterday, the Executive Secretary (ES), Prof. Bashir Usman, said that the increasing rate of out-of-school children might affect the security situation in the region and the country at large, if not addressed.
Usman was speaking at a Capacity Building Training for members of School-Based Management Committees (SBMCs) and Mothers Association (MA) from North West states on tackling the menace of out-of-school children.
He said that 3.5 million of the 18.5 million children have nomadic background.
Represented at the event by the Commission’s Director of Quality Assurance, Mr. Akin Akinyosoye, the ES stated that the issue had been one of the major crises in the implementation of the Nomadic Education Programme (NEP) in Nigeria.
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He said: “In this 2022, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that Nigeria has 18.5 million children that are out of school. This figure is quite high when compared with 2021 estimates put at 10.5 million, which puts Africa’s most populous country’s out-of-school on an emergency frequency. Alarmingly, UNICEF posits that 60
percent of the 18.5 million in Nigeria are girls.”