Written by Godfrey AKON

NGOs sign MOU to tackle out-of-school children menace

Two non-governmental organizations, Flexisaf Foundation and Nigeria Muslim Forum UK, are combining efforts to tackle the out-of-school children menace.

The NGOs, which are currently working on an initiative that is aimed at identifying and enrolling out of school children into quality schools across the country, signed a memorandum of understanding, MoU, last Friday for implementation a five year project across the country.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, there are over 13 million out of school children across Nigeria.

The figure, which no doubt poses both economic and security challenges to the nation is being tackled through various policies and intervention of government, international development partners and others.

The global children fund recently stated that ten states of the federation and the Abuja were home to about eight million out-of-school children.

It said 2,000 youth across the ten states and Abuja had presented petitions to their governors, parliamentarians, policymakers and other influential persons in a mass effort to draw attention to the need to act on commitments to increasing access to safe, quality education for all children, especially girls. 

“The 10 states where the mass actions are taking place, Bauchi, Niger, Katsina, Kano, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and the FCT, have about  eight million children not in school and, an average enrolment rate of only 57 per cent.

“The Nigerian campaign for access to quality education will hold the newly-elected government officials at all levels accountable for their campaign promises to provide equitable access to free, safe and quality education for every child, especially the girl child, in Nigeria.

“The global theme for this year’s Day of the African child is child rights in all situations, including during humanitarian crises,” UNCEF said.

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