Abuja - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has disapproved Nigeria’s response
to the Boko Haram’s violent campaign against Western education in local
The rights group, in an assessment on the impact of
extremism on schools and pupils globally, said Nigeria had not adequately protected
schools from attacks.
Boko Haram's name translates to “Western education is
HRW quoted one teacher as saying his secondary school had
become “a Boko Haram slaughtering ground.”
“Anyone they (terrorists) caught, they will bring to the
school and kill them.”
The human rights organization further said in
conflict-affected states, fewer than 90 000 of nearly 590 000 displaced
school-age children could access education.
Compounding the problem, Nigeria’s government has closed both
primary and secondary schools in order for security forces to use them as
operations posts or barracks.
Also read: Nigeria violates rights, ignores military violations: HRW
HRW said this was in violation of Nigeria’s own commitment
to the Safe Schools Declaration signed in 2015.
“Some governmental responses have only made matters worse,”
HRW said daily, in 2015, around 17 000 children fled their
homes due to persecution and conflict. Forcibly displaced children, including
refugees, have the right to available and accessible quality secondary
education, without discrimination.
In Nigeria, the Boko Haram has killed over 20 000 civilians
and displaced more than 3 million in a seven-year violent campaign to carve an
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