The Nigerian government on Thursday stated the nation at present has more than 10 million out-of-school children”You’ll agree with me that there’s nothing to cheer about if a single child is out of school, instead of being in the classroom learning,” Nwajiuba noted.
He stated it’s in that regard that the federal government has been ensuring that the out-of-school children are back to school and learning.
“Studying shouldn’t be solely an ethical and legal obligation but in addition a productive investment that will guarantee the future of our children and ensure that their rights are protected as enshrined within the Child’s Right Act of 2003,” he added., the highest in sub-Saharan Africa.
Minister of State for Education Chukuemeka Nwajiuba described the current situation affecting the educational system within the nation as one that has “left a lot to be desired”
“With an estimated 10,193,918 children out-of-school, Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school youngsters in sub-Saharan Africa. For us to address these challenges adequately, therefore, we must strengthen the quality of basic education in Nigeria by confronting head-on those components that deny our children access to fundamental education,” Nwajiuba stated on the launch of the Better Education Service Delivery For All (BESDA), a scheme aimed at attracting children to colleges within the nation.
The program is also aimed at growing equitable access for out-of-school kids, improve literacy and strengthen accountability for results at the basic education stage throughout the nation.
This BESDA program has been launched in 17 states throughout Nigeria, with the choice of states based mostly on the prevalence of the number of out-of-school children within the nation, the minister stated.