10.5 children out of school in Nigeria…….UNICEF

By Sanusi Muhammad, Gusau

Statistic available to United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF), from the 2012 Global Initiative on OOSC Nigeria Country study shows that, over 10.5 million children are out of schools in Nigeria out of which ninety percent are girls the prevalent challenges is mostly in Northern Nigeria.

This was made known by the UNICEF media and external relations field office Kaduna, Malam. Rabi’u Musa while opening a one day workshop for 2017 National Enrolment Drive Planning with heads of media Agencies organized by UNICEF, held at Bafra Hotel Kaduna over the weekend.

According to him, the challenges was devastating hence the needs for every relavants stakeholders to jointly put hands together to take proactive measure that could end the trend particularly in northern part of the country.

“I am sure before each an everyone can be educated he or she must be sponsored or supported by either group of individuals or one single individual in any given society, so we have to tight our belts to see that our children get sound education irrespective of their gender differences”. Rabi’u further stated.

He said, Unicef is partnering with federal government and 10 States of the federation mainly northern states for the campaign on children must goes to school so as to ensure every Nigerian child gets access to education by the year 2020.

The overall aim of the workshop is to build collective responsibility for reaching out of school children in the country while the objectives of the campaign is to share the national enrolment drive framework with the media including the 2017 enrolment campaign, messages and plan, agree on possible partnerships, support roles and responsibilities of the media and develop, endorse plans and messages respectively.

Meanwhile, the expected output or results of the workshop includes, Shared understanding of the National Enrolment Framework and expected role of the media, Agreed modalities for collaboration s with the media in the joint 2017 Enrolment/Birth registration Campaign Activities, Endorsed plan, messages timeline for agreed activities as well as Agreed roles of all stakeholders in the campaign- media.

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