So far, there was 20 assaults on faculties in Nigeria this yr, with greater than 1,400 children kidnapped and 16 useless, UNICEF mentioned, including that greater than 200 children are nonetheless lacking.
“Learners are being cut off from their education… as families and communities remain fearful of sending children back to their classrooms due to the spate of school attacks and student abductions in Nigeria,” mentioned Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.
More than 37 million Nigerian children are due to begin the brand new school yr this month, UNICEF mentioned.
An estimated eight million have had to anticipate greater than a yr for in-person studying after faculties had been closed due to COVID-19 lockdowns.
In Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the beginning of the school time period has been pushed again to an unusually late date with out rationalization, after faculties in close by states had been focused by kidnappers looking for ransoms.
Mobile community suppliers in Zamfara state had been directed to shut down communications for 2 weeks “to enable relevant security agencies to carry out required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the state,” the Nigeria Communications Commission mentioned in a letter.
The directive got here after not less than 73 college students had been kidnapped from a state-run excessive school in Zamfara’s Maradun district. All these college students have been freed.