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Undesired consequences of school closures

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A decrease in enrollment and attendance of students in nigerian schools is alarming.

Since 2020, a total of 11,536 schools have closed in Nigeria due to various Security issues and abductions. In previous incidents this past year, 17 teachers and 1436 school children have been abducted from these facilities, all of whom were killed. These abductions have caused many parents to keep their children home, which has led to a decrease in enrollment and attendance at schools. The Nigerian government has not been able to adequately address the security concerns of the citizens, leading to the continued closure of schools and the loss of Education for many children.

UNICEF has approached authorities to provide a more secure environment to ensure the safety and learning of every child. The enrolment, retention and graduation rates for girls in education are unacceptably low. In many cases, girls are simply not given the same opportunities as boys to attend school and to complete their studies. This must change. Girls must be given the same opportunities as boys to receive a quality education that will allow them to reach their full potential.

Schools implemented emergency evacuation plans.

Girls have unique needs that must be addressed in order to ensure they have access to quality education. When we invest in girls’ education, we are investing in their future and the future of our world. Girls have the potential to change the world, but they need our support to get there. There are many barriers to girls’ education, including Poverty, gender discrimination, and lack of access to resources. But when girls are given the opportunity to learn, they thrive. Studies have shown that girls who receive an education are more likely to get married later, have fewer children, and earn a higher income.

The Katsina State government has made great strides in protecting its citizens, especially its youth. Sixty junior secondary schools have now implemented emergency evacuation plans and conducted drills to ensure that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency. This is a significant improvement from previous years, and it shows that the state government is committed to keeping its people safe. The drills are an important part of the plan, as they help to ensure that everyone knows what to do and is familiar with the procedures. In the event of an actual emergency, this could mean the difference between life and death.

Lack of education can lead to social isolation.

Approximately 1.3 million Nigerian children have been affected by school closures in the 2020/2021 academic year. The recent attacks on educational institutions have left parents and caregivers weary of sending their children to school. These attacks not only jeopardize the safety of the children, but also their ability to receive a proper education. Education is a fundamental human right and is essential for the development of individuals and societies. It is critical for the advancement of economies and the eradication of poverty. It is also key to the promotion of Peace and stability. In light of this, the recent attacks on educational institutions in Nigeria are particularly alarming.

The lack of education has had a profound and irreversible effect on Mental Health. This is because education plays a crucial role in cognitive development and in acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to lead a successful and fulfilling life. Without access to education, individuals are more likely to experience mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. They are also more likely to engage in risky behaviors that can lead to further mental and physical health problems. In addition, the lack of education can lead to social isolation and reduced opportunities for social interaction, which can further exacerbate mental health problems.

Safety of students will be significantly improved.

The generous donations received from various sources have given hope to the possibility of increased security in Nigerian schools in the future. The government has also been supportive in providing additional resources to help improve security. With the combined efforts of both the private and Public Sector, it is hoped that the safety of students will be significantly improved in the coming years.


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