THE Federal Government and the United Nations Children ’ s Fund have expressed commitment towards stopping all forms of attack on educational facilities in Nigeria .
The commitment towards ending violence in schools is coming on the heels of the nation ’ s securing $ 20 m for accelerated funding of emergencies for the North – East from Global Partnership.
They both expressed their commitment at the maiden commemoration of International Day to Protect Education from Attack held in Maiduguri on Wednesday
Speaking at the occasion for the Federal Government, the Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono , said the government recognised access to quality education as a fundamental human right of every child .
He said , “ In spite of these, many Nigerian children are denied this fundamental right due to the incessant attacks on our educational facilities .
“ When school facilities are attacked , learners and teachers are abducted, killed or maimed , and schools are closed ; millions of children are denied access to quality education.”
On its part , UNICEF urged government at all levels to prioritise the safeguarding of children and education institutions.
The UNICEF Chief of Field Office in Borno , Mr Maulid Warfa , while commending the Foreign , Commonwealth and Development Office for its support for education programmes in North – East , lamented the impact of armed conflict on children living in the North East .
He lamented that children bear the brunt of neglect of the education sector the most .
Meanwhile , the Federal Government on Wednesday called for a concerted effort towards the protection of schools and freedom of students and teachers being held in captivity.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu , expressed this view in a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, in commemoration of the maiden edition of the International Day for the Protection of Education from attack .
Adamu said , “The protection of learners , teaching and non – teaching personnel, schools and learning centres from all forms of attacks is an obligation of government and all relevant stakeholders. ”
The minister decried the abduction of Chibok Girls , Leah Sharibu and other learners and teachers at places of learning .
He described it as an infringement on their rights to quality education and called for their immediate release by their abductors .
Adamu stated that Nigeria was committed to observing all existing international protocols on education and freedom of learning as well as child rights to quality education in a protective environment .
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