After the lockdown, education brings hope


The conflict that erupted in 2009 has cast a shadow over a generation of children in north-east Nigeria. Hampered by underfunding, lack of infrastructure and damage to school buildings, the education sector has been hit hard by the ongoing violence.

Over the last decade, hundreds of teachers have been killed and many more have been forced to flee their homes. Thousands of schools have been damaged, destroyed, or forced to close.

Millions out of school

Continued displacement has plunged families into hardship, often pushing children further away from school. In early 2020, the humanitarian community estimated that over 1.4 million girls and nearly 1.3 million boys were out of school and facing an uncertain future without education.

As in many countries around the world, measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 led to the closure of schools and other education activities across Nigeria in April 2020. Children who had been benefitting from NRC’s education programme were forced to stay at home for almost six months.

The humanitarian community estimates that 4.2 million students, representing the most vulnerable groups of children, would be particularly affected by the pandemic. As the economic downturn impacted the most vulnerable households, many children had to work to support their families.

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