Nigeria - - Kebbi authorities identify 500,000 out of school children
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Kebbi, Oct 7: Authorities in Kebbi State Northwest Nigeria have identified approximately 500,000 out of School Children in 9 Local Government Areas of the State. The findings was from a 2016 Community households mapping conducted by the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB).
The local government areas where the findings were made are Argungu, Bagudo, Dandi, Danko-Wasagu, Gwandu, Koko-Besse, Maiyama, Shanga and Surulere. The project was supported by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Qatar Foundation under the Educate A Child (EAC) Project.
Kebbi State Ministry of Education, Permanent Secretary, Rafa’atu Hamani made the revelation in her presentation at the State Advocacy and Community Engagement Workshop. She added that primary school enrolment has increased by 17.8% according to 2016/2017 Annual School Census (ASC). "According to 2016 Community households mapping conducted by SUBEB as supported by UNICEF and Qatar Foundation under the EDUCATE A CHILD (EAC) PROJECT, 491,936 (226,888 F) out of school children were identified in 9 EAC LGAs.
" Hamani said. She explained that the 2016/2017 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) placed the State Out of School Children ratio at 33.6%, which she said has resulted in total violation of the child's right to quality education as enshrined in Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) signed by Nigerian Government in 1989. In Nigeria there are estimated 10 million children of school age that are denied access to education with majority in northern Nigeria.
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