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Stakeholders worry over 10.5m out-of-school children

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Stakeholders in the education sector in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have expressed worry that the high number of over 10.5 million out-of-school children in the country is inappropriate, discouraging and no longer acceptable.

They said time has come for government at all levels, international organisations and the private sector to ensure that the primary underlying causes of exclusive and inaccessible nature, bad structure and system in virtually all primary and secondary schools in the country are addressed.

Speaking at the launch of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) draft Policy on Inclusive Education, at the weekend, in Abuja, a representative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mrs. Lilian Odey, said out of the figure, an estimated seven million are children with disabilities.

She said: “This projection is in line with World Bank and World Health Organisation (WHO) that persons with disabilities constitute about 15 per cent of populations in developing countries and that between 80 to 90 percent of them do not gain access to basic needs of life, especially basic education.”


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