The United Nations Children’s Fund ,UNICEF, said over 57 per cent of schools in Borno State remained closed, due to Boko Haram insurgency in North-East Nigeria.
Chief of Communications, UNICEF, Abuja Ms Doune Porter, on Friday said as a result, an estimated three million children were in need of emergency education support.
About 1,400 schools have been
destroyed with majority unable to open because of extensive damage or because they are in areas that remain unsafe.
Ms Porter quoted the Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, Mr Justin Forsyth, who said, “Children in North-East Nigeria are living through so much horror.
In addition to devastating malnutrition, violence and an outbreak of cholera, the attacks on schools is in danger of creating a lost generation of children’’, she said
She, said UNICEF was working with partners to rehabilitate schools as well as training teachers, to build a stronger education system for the future.
According to Ms Porter, some children living in camps for the displaced in Borno are benefiting from education for the first time in their lives.
According to her, UNICEF’s life-saving emergency programmes in the region, however, remains underfunded.
The Chief of Communications noted that with only three months left in the year, UNICEF had a 40 per cent funding gap in its needs for 2017.