Worried by the high rate of out of school children, a Non-Governmental Organization, Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with Malala Fund says it is embarking on an awareness campaign to address the trend.
The Executive Program Manager of LEDAP, Pamela Okoroigwe who stated this while addressing newsmen in Kano said the campaign was also to raise awareness in the state on the right of every child in the state to free, compulsory, quality and basic education.
Okoroigwe represented by Barr. Maryam Ahmad further decried the high rate of out of school children in the country which stands at 13.5 million.
According to her, “There are over 13.5 million children in Nigeria who are unable to access free and quality basic education, with the girl child in North Eastern states having a higher percentage of this figure. Crisis, insecurity, cultural and religious dispositions and poor funding have been limiting factors to quality education in these states.
She further called on the ministries of Education and Justice of each state to prioritize right to education of the child in their agenda and to guarantee that no child in the state is denied access to free, basic and quality education.