Ajoke Babareke, Abuja.
Nigeria’s Minister of Education, has called for more actions to protect education from attacks.
The Minister made the call during a workshop organised for the Review of the Legal Framework on the Safe School Declaration.
The Minister who expressed concern over the systematic destruction targeted at education, he noted that over 2,295 teachers have been killed and 19,000 others displaced in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in the last nine years.
Adamu also mentioned that an estimated 1,500 schools have been destroyed since 2014, with over 1,280 casualties among teachers and students.
Following these developments, the Minister stressed the urgent need to protect education from attacks, he pointed that without access to quality learning, the Nigerian child is not only being deprived of education; but are also being robbed of future opportunities which will affect the entire society.
He said that by joining Nigeria in the struggle to address the challenge, development Partners have committed to undertake steps to make it less likely that students, teachers and schools will be attacked.
“Our development partners have also chosen to mitigate the negative consequences when such attacks occur” he said
Earlier in his address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Architect Sunny Echono, said there was need to develop a sound legal framework to ensure proper implementation of the Safe School Initiatives for protecting schools from attacks.
According to him, “the workshop was meant to formally inform stakeholders about the legal review research study on the protection of education from attack and to interact and share experiences with countries that have implemented the Safe School Declaration”
Officials were invited from some federal government educational institutions that have been victims of attack by insurgents to give detail account of how the attacks were carried out on their institutions.
Representatives of International Development Partners and other organizations presented goodwill messages.
They expressed their commitment to the declaration to protect education in Nigeria from attack.
The organizations include: Head UK Department for International Development in Nigeria; Country Director, Plan International Nigeria; Nigeria Country Director, Save the Children and the Country Representative of the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
Others are the representatives of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as the Nigerian Union of Teachers.