Over the last decade, Nigeria’s exponential growth in population has put immense pressure on the country’s resources and on already overstretched public services and infrastructure. With children under 15 years of age accounting for about 45 per cent of the country’s population, the burden on education and other sectors has become overwhelming.
Forty per cent of Nigerian children aged 6-11 do not attend any primary school with the Northern region recording the lowest school attendance rate in the country, particularly for girls. Despite a significant increase in net enrollment rates in recent years, it is estimated that about 4.7 million children of primary school age are still not in school.
Another challenge in Nigeria is the issue of girls’ education. In the North particularly, the gender gap remains particularly wide and the proportion of girls to boys in school ranges from 1 girl to 2 boys to 1 to 3 in some States.
Many children do not attend school because their labour is needed to either help at home or to bring additional income into the family. Many families cannot afford the associated costs of sending their children to school such as uniforms and textbooks. For others, the distance to the nearest school is a major hindrance.
Despite the progress being made towards getting every child in school through achievement of Education for All and Millennium Development Goals (MDG2), there is a huge and persistent gap in professional, well trained and well supported teachers.
In line with these objectives, GHAF strives to encourage every child of school age presently in school with school materials to enable them make their academic experience a smooth sailing and enjoyable one. Children are who are not currently in school are sponsored occasionally to gain and acquire knowledge that will benefit them in future… For more details on this Campaign, check out the Annual Back to School Campaign and also see how you can Volunteer…
The Children are our future, we should invest in them happily and bountifully…