Nigeria’s Out-Of-School Children Now 20.2m, Says UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO latest global data has indicated that 20.2 million children are out-of-school in Nigeria.

It added that a new and improved methodology used to arrive at the latest figures, said there are 244 million children and youth between the ages of six and 18 worldwide who are still out of school.

The statistics also showed that India, Nigeria and Pakistan have the highest figures for out-of-school children globally.

The Nigeria figures have fluctuated between 10.5 million and around 15 million for more than a decade, with the situation growing worse due to the degenerating security situation.

UNESCO announced the figures in a statement by a media specialist, with the Global Education Monitoring Report, GEM Dafalia Dimitra, which is developed by an independent team and published by UNESCO.

The global organisation also explained that the team developing the report “has the official mandate of monitoring progress in meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on education, SDG 4.

According to the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Silvia Montoya, efficient use of the available data is important to address the gaps towards achieving the fourth goal of the SDGs.