The children

Early years

Primary school years



Birth registration

Children registered
© UNICEF Nigeria/2007
Children holding up their birth registration forms

During the very first month of children’s life, birth registration is another important aspect for their protection because it gives them an identity, name and nationality for their lifetime.

In Nigeria, however, about 70 per cent of the 5 million children born annually are not being registered at birth. The value of birth registration as a fundamental human right is often overlooked due to the continuing lack of awareness that registration is a critical measure to secure the recognition of any person before the law, to safeguard his or her rights and to ensure that any violation of these rights does not go unnoticed.



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