Education under attack in Borno

An estimated 3 million children need emergency education support so that they can get back to school and get a decent education.

UNICEF Nigeria
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UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Bindra

29 September 2017

“Children in northeast Nigeria are living through so much horror,” said Justin Forsyth, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the end of a three-day visit to Borno, the epicentre of the crisis in the northeast.

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UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Bindra

“In addition to devastating malnutrition, violence and an outbreak of cholera, the attacks on schools is in danger of creating a lost generation of children, threatening their future.”

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UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Gilbertson

The crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria means that over 2,295 teachers have been killed and 19,000 have been displaced across the northeast since 2009. Even now as the new school year begins, over 57 per cent of schools in Borno, the worst-hit state, are closed.

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UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Gilbertson

An estimated 3 million children need emergency education support so that they can get back to school and get a decent education.

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UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Gilbertson

In the three most-affected states of northeast Nigeria, UNICEF and partners have enrolled nearly 750,000 children in school this year, establishing over 350 temporary learning spaces, and distributing almost 94,000 packs of learning material that will help children to get an education.

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UNICEF Nigeria/2017/Bindra

UNICEF is also working with partners to rehabilitate schools and classrooms and training teachers to build a stronger education system for the future.

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UNICEF’s life-saving emergency programmes in northeast Nigeria remain underfunded. With only three months left in the year, UNICEF has a 40 per cent finding gap in its needs for 2017.