The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has said 69 percent of children without access to education in Nigeria are from the northern part of Nigeria.
This was revealed by the UNICEF Education Specialist Azuka Menkiti on Thursday in Kano State at a two-day media dialogue.
“[A] few weeks ago, we held an education conference in Kaduna and it impressed traditional, community and religious leaders,” Menkiti said.
“Stakeholders that participated in the meeting signed a commitment to join forces with government and global partners to pull children out of the streets and return them to school so as to secure a peaceful and productive posterity.
“We don’t insist on formal education. It could be Koranic education. But it will be more profitable if they combined both Koranic and formal education.
“Records indicated that about 9.5 million school-age children in Nigeria are currently enrolled Koranic schools across Nigeria but only 24 percent of them combine both formal and Koranic education.”
The Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Hamid Bobboyi had said the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria is now 13.2 million.