According to a recent assessment by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there are an estimated 20 million children and youths living in Nigeria who are not in school.
According to a report posted on the UNESCO website on Thursday, Nigeria is home to more than 20 million of the 244 million out-of-school children worldwide.
After Nigeria, in terms of the number of out-of-school children, is Ethiopia with 10.5 million, while the numbers for the Congo and Kenya are 5.9 million and 1.8 million, respectively.
“Important data gaps have been filled in countries that have large out-of-school numbers but where no administrative data of good quality has been available for over a decade, such as Nigeria which has an estimated 20.2 million children and youth out of school, Ethiopia (10.5 million), the Democratic Republic of Congo (5.9 million) and Kenya (1.8 million),” the report said.
The percentage of children and young people who are not enrolled in pre-primary, primary, secondary, or higher levels of education and who fall within the official age range for the given level of education is known as the out-of-school rate according to the study.
According to UNESCO, 244 million children and youth between the ages of 6 and 18 worldwide are still not in school as many regions of the world begin a new school year.
“Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the most children and youth out of school, with a total of 98 million children. It is also the only region where this number is increasing: out-of-school rates are falling more slowly than the rate at which the school-age population is growing,” the report added.