Girls in North constitute highest percentage of 13.5m out-of-school Nigerian children— LEDAP
A non-governmental organization, NGO, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP, has said 13.5 million children in Nigeria are unable to access free and quality basic education with girls in the North-East sub-region constituting the higher percentage.
The organization attributed the high number of out-of-school to insurgency, other insecurity challenges, cultural and religious dispositions as well as poor funding.
Pamela Okoroigwe, the Executive Programmes Manager of the organization disclosed this in Yola yesterday at an advocacy campaign on the right to free, compulsory, quality education for children.
Okoroigwe added that the emergence of the covid-19 Pandemic has further put a strain on child education as all schools in the country have remained closed throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.
“It was against this backdrop that LEDAP in conjunction with Malala Fund is raising awareness on the right to free, compulsory, and quality basic education in Nigeria,” Okoroigwe said.
The project, she maintained, is aimed at providing solutions to the low education enrolment and high rate of school dropout for children in Nigeria.