Abuja - Over 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school, says ActionAid Nigeria, Premium Times reports.
The deputy country director of ActionAid, Ifeoma Charles, disclosed this on Wednesday at a one day Education Summit with the theme “Addressing Basic Education Challenges in Bauchi State: The way Forward”.
The event was organized by a Bauchi-based Non-Governmental Organization, Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative, in partnership with ActionAid.
Charles said globally, Nigeria has the highest number of children that are out of school.
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According to her “while primary school net enrollment ratio is increasing in countries surrounding Nigeria, the primary school net enrollment ratio in Nigeria decreased from 61% in 1999 to 58% in 2010.
“According to UNESCO over one in six of the worlds out of school children lives in Nigeria. Almost a quarter of young people in the country have not completed primary school and as a result do not having basic skills they need for work,” she said.
She lamented that there are more girls than boys of primary school age out of school, especially in northern Nigeria.
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