The United Nations in Nigeria, Tuesday, said safeguarding education from attack is urgently needed to restore confidence in schools as places of protection for children and teachers.
This, according to UN, is particularly pressing in light of COVID-19, which affected 46 million primary and secondary learners across Nigeria due to pandemic-related school closures.
This was contained in a statement issued by Eliana Drakopoulos, Chief of Communications, Advocacy and Partnership UNICEF Nigeria, which quoted Edward Kallon, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria.
“As State Governments plan to reopen schools after prolonged closures, building a resilient education system to withstand future shocks should be included in pandemic response plans”, said Kallon.
He noted that prioritising safety in schools for educators and learners is an indication of the Government’s commitment to protecting investments in the education sector and a validation of Nigeria’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration.
He said while the world marks the first-ever International Day to Protect Education from Attack under the theme “Protect Education, Save a Generation” more than three million children in the conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe in north-east Nigeria are in need of education-in-emergency support.