Over three million children need education support in Borno state due to the Boko Haram menace in the North East, according to the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF).
This was revealed, Friday, by UNICEF’s Deputy Director, Justin Forsyth, while speaking to the press in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
According to Forsyth, over 57 per cent of basic and post basic schools in Borno were shut down owing to Boko Haram’s insurgence.
In addition, Forsyth noted that 1,400 schools were destroyed; 2,295 teachers killed, and 19 000 teachers displaced by the insurgency in the region.
“An estimated three million children are in need of emergency education support at the start of the new academic year,”Forsyth said.
“Children in the northeast are living through so much horror; in addition to malnutrition, violence and outbreak of cholera. The attacks on schools is in danger of creating a lost generation of children threatening their future and countries.
“To date, nearly one million children have been displaced by the crisis and 450,000 of them under the age of five are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year.”