UNICEF, UBEC, SUBEB decry out-of-school children crisis

Stakeholders in the education sector have revealed plans to stem the increasing number of out-of-school children through the finalisation of the national framework of action to eliminate the menace in Nigeria.

The stakeholders spoke on Monday in Lagos during a two-day “Stakeholder engagement for the finalisation and adoption of National Framework of action for addressing the out-school-children phenomenon in Nigeria.”

Speaking on the need for government at all levels to tackle the menace head-on, the Deputy Executive Secretary (Services), Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr Isiaka Kolawole said, the battle to end the phenomenon required concerted efforts by all shareholders in the sector.

He said, “The Universal Basic Education Commission in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund and other stakeholders in the education sector have been battling very hard to ensure that the number of out-of-school children is reduced to the very minimum. The last UNICEF figure was over 10 million for the country, which is far greater than what is seen elsewhere. It is not a figure that we can afford to live with as a nation, especially in the process of nation-building

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