REVEALED: 10.5m Nigerians Can’t Access Basic Education’

A United Kingdom Charity Group, ‘A World at School,’ has said that an alarming 10.5 million Nigerian children do not have access to basic education and this number represents the highest out-of-school population in the world.

The group, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, said that urgent steps need to be taken by Nigerian governments at all levels to ensure that all Nigerian children are in school and learning by 2015.

Despite the crisis facing education in Nigeria as a result of the about two month-old strike by university lecturers, the group commended President Goodluck Jonathan as he meets with the state governors and state education commissioners today to develop detailed plans of action towards delivering quality education to all Nigerians.

Part of the statement read, “We request that action follow through the development of financial incentives for state governments to deliver on education and the drafting of state plans to reach universal education, taking full advantage of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Fund and other global funding mechanisms in an accountable and transparent manner such that this increased funding achieves its intended purpose.

“We also support efforts to improve teacher training and professional development and support to families through conditional cash transfers that encourage enrolment and attendance.”

The World at School initiative was created by PiggyBankKids, a UK charity set up in 2002 by Sarah Brown to make a difference in the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable babies, children and young people.

In 2013, PiggyBankKids expanded its horizons by launching ‘A World at School’ to ensure that every single child has the opportunity to thrive and learn.

Since its founding, it has helped to convene Malala Day at the United Nations (July 12, 2013), and is partnering with international children’s and teachers’ organizations and non-governmental grganisations to better mobilize education campaigns around the world, and to ensure that the world’s leaders who can make the biggest difference.

– VNTI G.N

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