Jutaro Sakamoto, Education Manager at UNICEF has said that more than 48 percent of girls in Northeast and Northwest are not attending school.
The Education Manager said this in Abuja during Education Conference organised by the French Institute in Nigeria.
He said that only 9 percent of poor girls attend secondary school, compared to 81 percent of those from wealthy households in the regions.
Sakamoto said 7.6 million girls are out of school in Nigeria – 3.9 million at the primary level and 3.7 million at the junior secondary level respectively.
“If we cannot solve the situation in Nigeria, we cannot solve the problem in the world,” he argued.
The Education Manager explained that those who go to school are not taught properly due to the lack of technical capacity and teaching aids.
He added that the program created by UNICEF helped the children who did not attend school earlier by giving them a good education.
WikkiTimes recalls that in 2022, UNICEF’s out-of-school children projection shows that Bauchi State accommodates the highest number with over 1.2 million children not attending any formal learning institution in the state.
Similarly, last week, Bauchi State Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed inaugurated the ‘back to school’ committee under the Emir of Bauchi to enrol the out-of-school children in the state