Insurgency stopped 126,484 Yobe children from school by – UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) has said that 126,484 children were thrown out of school by insurgency in Yobe State.
UNICEF representative, Mrs Mary Bimba, disclosed this yesterday in Damaturu at the Back to School Enrolment Drive campaign.
She said UNICEF was partnering with the federal and state governments to give displaced children in the state another opportunity to go to school.
“It is a fundamental right of children to receive quality education and it is our obligation as governments, parents and development partners, to ensure that every child has access to quality education”, she said.
She added that UNICEF had established shift schools, school tents, bags and learning materials in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps to provide education for children.
“As peace and stability returns, focus will now be more on supporting the efforts of the state government in reopening schools in the return areas”, Bimba said.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Alhaji Mohammed Daura, who represented Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, said educational development in the state was hampered by insurgency.
Adamawa Commissioner for Education, Dr Kaleptawa Farauta (right), addresses a news conference on the ‘Government/ UNICEF Pupils Enrollment Drive’ in areas affected by insurgency in the state. With her is the Head of UNICEF Bauchi Zonal Office, Dr Abdullahi Kaikai.