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German govt. donates €15m to education for conflict affected children in Nigeria

Children displaced in the northeast region of Nigeria, attend a class at Maikohi secondary school camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Yola, Adamawa State

The German Government has announced a new contribution of 15 million euros to UNICEF Nigeria, to support the provision of quality and equitable basic education and strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable communities, especially children, in Adamawa and Yobe states.

Provided through the German Government’s Development Bank – Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), this new contribution will enable UNICEF to support the Government of Nigeria to provide 1,060,000 conflict-affected children and adolescents, with increased access to quality education in a safe and healthy learning environment.

According to a statement by UNICEF, It will also provide 8,200 teachers with increased capacity to deliver quality learning at pre-primary and primary levels, and support 500 school-based management committees to plan and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment in schools, with increased community participation.

The UNICEF Representative, Mohamed Fall, was quoted to have said: “All children, regardless of their situation, must be supported to access all their basic rights.

“Investing in education is perhaps the best investment any nation can make for its children.

“This investment is timely, as it comes at a moment when we are redoubling our efforts to improve both access and quality of education for conflict-affected children.”

The German Government is a long-standing partner of UNICEF Nigeria, having contributed over 21 million euros towards the humanitarian and development response in Nigeria since 2016.

Prior to the crisis, the North East had the highest percentage; 52 per cent, of children who never attended schools, with at least 17.1 per cent in Adamawa state and 73 per cent in Yobe state.

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