18.3 million Nigerian children not in school – UNICEF

No fewer than 18.3 million Nigerian children are currently identified to have lacked access to the four walls of the classrooms.

The figures, which came from the leadership of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Saturday via a statement made available to newsmen, also expressed sadness that the high number of children attending school are not getting a solid education that can translate into good prospects for their future.

The organization, which made this known through its Executive Director, Catherine Russell, also identified protection of the rights of every child irrespective of his or her background, as the surest way to build a more peaceful, prosperous, and unjust world for everyone.

In the statement, noticed to have been issued out for the commemoration of the World Children’s Day, the organization held that discrimination against children based on ethnicity, and religion, are rife in countries worldwide.

They affirmed that the impact of such acts on children, shows the extent to which racism and discrimination impact children’s education, health, access to a registered birth, and a fair and equal justice system, and highlights widespread disparities among minority and ethnic groups.”

“Systemic racism and discrimination” as further stated by them “put children at risk of deprivation and exclusion that can last a lifetime.”

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