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Prison Fellowship decries 10m out-of-school children in Nigeria

By Joseph Onyekwere
01 October 2021   |   3:42 am
A faith-based non-governmental organisation, Prison Fellowship Nigeria (PFN), has declared that more than 10 million children are out-of-school in Nigeria.

Out-of-school children

A faith-based non-governmental organisation, Prison Fellowship Nigeria (PFN), has declared that more than 10 million children are out-of-school in Nigeria.

According to the group, Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in sub-Saharan Africa.

It warned that the number is a time bomb unless urgent steps are taken to engage “this army of indigent children.”

At the launch of the Promisepath mentoring and psychosocial support programme for 600 vulnerable and at-risk children in Lagos, yesterday, PFN Executive Director, Mr. Benson Iwuagwu, said: “Promisepath is the new programme designed to reach out to vulnerable and at-risk children, especially those whose parents are incarcerated.

“The programme is based on Prison Fellowship Nigeria’s longstanding Angel Tree Christmas Programme, with added round components of education and community-based mentoring.”

He added: “Beneficiaries of the Promisepath programme must be between the ages of four to18, in public primary or secondary schools in Nigeria, and whose parents are incarcerated. This includes either sentenced or pre-trial detention in correctional facilities, as well as house arrest, where the house arrest prevents the parent from employment.”