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Terrorists kill over 2 000 teachers in Nigeria

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai

From AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – THE Boko Haram terror group has killed more than 2 000 teachers and displaced 19 000 others in Nigeria where 1 400 schools have been closed since the start of the insurgency eight years ago.
As a result, some 3 million children in the northeast are in need of support to keep learning.
Beyond the crisis in the northeast, Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country of 190 million already has the largest number of children out of school in the world, which is over 10,5 million.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) disclosed the toll as globally-famous education activist, Malala Yousafzai, visited the West African country. At least 2 295 teachers have been killed.
Yousafzai lamented that while Nigeria is the richest country in Africa, it had girls out of school than any country in the world.
“Studies are clear. Educating girls grows economies, reduces conflict and improves public health. For these girls and for their country’s future, Nigeria’s leaders must immediately prioritise education,” she said.
The 20-year-old Pakistani, who is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, spoke in Maiduguri, the epicentre of the terror in northeast Nigeria, where she met girls displaced by the Boko Haram militants.
Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF’s Representative in Nigeria, said the organisation would do everything in its power to ensure all children attained education.
“We believe that education, especially for girls, is the single most important way to bring hope, peace and prosperity not just for this generation, but for also for future generations,” Fall said.
UNICEF is working closely with the government and partners to put children in the northeast back into learning environments.
More than 525 000 have been enrolled in 2017.
However, UNICEF’s education response in the northeast remains underfunded, with just 54 percent of the $31,4 million appeal received.
CAJ News