UNICEF official calls for improving girls’ access to education in north Nigeria

LAGOS, May 11– An official of the United Nations Children’s Fund called on Wednesday for improving girls’ access to education in northern Nigeria, where there are a large number of out-of-school girls. Speaking to reporters in Kano, a northern city of Nigeria, Rahama Farah, a UNICEF officer based in Nigeria, said there are currently 18.5 million out-of-school…

LAGOS, May 11 (Xinhua) — An official of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) called on Wednesday for improving girls’ access to education in northern Nigeria, where there are a large number of out-of-school girls.

Speaking to reporters in Kano, a northern city of Nigeria, Rahama Farah, a UNICEF officer based in Nigeria, said there are currently 18.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria, with about 60 percent of them being girls.

“Most importantly, you will need to know that most of these out-of-school children are actually from northern Nigeria,” Farah said, adding there are barriers that affect girls’ education.

“This situation heightens gender inequity, where only one in four girls from poor, rural families completes junior secondary school education,” he added.

Gunmen attacks on schools recently in parts of the most populous African country have worsened the situation of girls’ education, as these attacks had created an insecure learning environment, discouraging parents and caregivers from sending their children to schools, according to the UNICEF officer.

He said about 1.4 million girls are having access to education in the northern part of Nigeria in recent years because of an intervention project led by the Fund, but much is still needed to be done to improve girls’ access to education in north Nigeria. Enditem

ANA NEWS WIRE Disclaimer:
The African News Agency (ANA) is a news wire service and therefore subscribes to the highest standards of journalism as it relates to accuracy, fairness and impartiality.
ANA strives to provide accurate, well sourced and reliable information across Text, Images and Video. Where errors do appear, ANA will seek to correct these timeously and transparently.
The ANA platform also contains news and information from third party sources. ANA has sought to procure reliable content from trusted news sources but cannot be held responsible for the accuracy and opinions provided by such sources on the ANA platform or linked sites.
The content provided for on the ANA News Wire platform, both through the ANA news operation and via its third party sources, are for the sole use of authorised subscribers and partners. Unauthorised access to and usage of ANA content will be subject to legal steps. ANA reserves its rights in this regard.
ANA makes every effort to ensure that the website is up and running smoothly at all times, however ANA does not take responsibility for, and will not be held liable for times when the website is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues that are beyond our control.