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Nigeria’s out-of-school children now 14 million, group claims


Children in a classroom.

A group, ProFuturo has revealed that the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria has increased from 10 million to approximately 14 million.

The report, which was released on Friday in Abuja, by the Kukah Centre, the implementing partner of ProFuturo training on digital classroom project, revealed that Nigeria has about 30 million primary school-age children, with an estimated 10 million not enrolled in school. It added that for those currently in primary school, less than a quarter would attend junior secondary school.

The report noted that Nigeria has deficiency in free, equitable and quality access to education, mostly in areas ravished by violent extremism, conflicts and natural disaster.

Director of Kukah Centre, Fr. Barkindo Atta, disclosed that the ProFuturo project would be implemented in 12 northern states and over 123, 000 primary school pupils and more than 5,000 teachers would benefit from the initial phase of the project.

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