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Malala visits Nigeria to draw attention to education crisis

UNICEF Nigeria/2017


Maiduguri, 18 July, 2017 - During her visit to Nigeria, education activist Malala Yousafzai met today with girls displaced by the Boko Haram crisis. While in Maiduguri, the epicenter of the crisis in northeast Nigeria, Malala visited schoolchildren in a camp for displaced families and secondary school girls at Yerwa Government Girls School.

“Nigeria is the richest country in Africa, but has more girls out of school than any country in the world,” said Yousafzai. “Studies are clear — educating girls grows economies, reduces conflict and improves public health. For these girls and for their country’s future, Nigeria’s leaders must immediately prioritise education.”

Innovative Water and Sanitation Services Promote School Attendance for Girls

UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Akingbulu


There are now more girls in school than at home in Kambara, a village with a population of 2000 in Madobi Local Government Area, Kano state. Easy access to clean water for drinking and handwashing, and the availability of separate latrines give parents the confidence to send their daughters to school.

The Gora Galadima Kambara Primary school located in Kambara village has an enrolment of 369 pupils, and almost half of them are girls. Upon arrival at the school, the first thing that catches the eye is the line of white-painted taps outside the block of classrooms. The taps, which have metal cases for holding soap attached to them, are connected to small blue tanks that provide water for handwashing at break time.


Photo essay: Handwashing made easy

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