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Rampant terror might lower education standards

28 February 2014, 07:51Augustine Osayande

Abuja - ActionAid Nigeria has warned that the present insecurity and dangers will undermine education of children in the country.

The anti-poverty agency said the killing of dozens of school children in Yobe State is a violation of the rights of children to life and education.

It said government was ultimately responsible for the rights.

“Every child has the right to learn in an environment free of danger. ActionAid Nigeria demands that the Federal Government uphold its obligations as a signatory of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and immediately implement special protection mechanisms to safeguard the lives and education of our children in Nigeria, particularly in the vulnerable North-East region,” ActionAid stated.

According to the Country Director, Dr Hussaini Abdu, in the past eight months, more than 100 students have been killed in different attacks on schools in the North-East.

“The perpetrators should, of course, be brought to justice, but the government, at all levels, must also be held accountable; it is their duty to protect the lives and education of children. A duty they are utterly failing to uphold,” he said.

He said the region was already lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of education enrolment, retention and completion as more than 200 schools have been destroyed in Yobe and more than 800 classrooms destroyed in Borno State.

Since February 2013, more than 15 000 children have stopped attending classes in Borno State alone.

“ActionAid sends its heart-felt condolences to the parents and loved ones of the victims of this tragedy.”

- CAJ News

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