The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that over 10 million children in Nigeria are out of school. UNICEF said that this issue is one which Nigeria must take very seriously. The disclosure came on the heel of recent unveiling statistics on almost all aspects of human endeavor in which Nigeria has been rated as performing poorly.
Mr. Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Country Representative in Nigeria, disclosed this in an interview) in Abuja on the occasion of the 2018 commemoration of the International Children’s Day. Fall noted that the day was set aside to raise issues of the welfare of children globally and above all, to work for the realization of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
Though he acknowledged modest achievements of the country on child’s right, he particularly noted that there are still tremendous challenges with regard to practical implementation of the ratified Convention of the Rights of the Child by the Nigerian government and partners through resources allocation and implementation on issues affecting the children.
According to him, Nigeria’s focus on the protocol of the right of the child is that every single child in Nigeria is given the possibility to survive, possibility to thrive and the possibility to have optimum development and as well develop his or her full potentials.
Said he, “Nigeria today has over 10 million children that are out of school and that account for a large proportion of the burden the world is carrying in terms of the number of children that are out of school. Nigeria is having under five mortality of one million, which is one of the third highest in the world, the country also has 11 million children stunted, a form of malnutrition that affects their growth and development.
He, however, noted that there was a need for government at all levels, the private sector, civil society, communities, traditional and religious leaders to mobilize in order to reduce these negative indices. He further described the media as key in terms of raising awareness, in terms of mobilizing the society to move forward the agenda of children.