Why are millions of children not in school in West Africa? | Inside Story

UNICEF highlights increased attacks on schools, teachers & students

Summer holidays are almost over for children in the northern hemisphere.
However, many kids won’t be returning to class in West and Central Africa.
The UN’s children’s fund says armed groups are increasingly targeting schools, teachers and students.
UNICEF reported 9,272 schools closed in the region due to violence; three times more than the number at the end of 2017.
This has forced 1.9 million children out of the classroom.
What needs to be done to ensure kids don’t miss out on an education?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

Patsy Nakell – Chief of the UNICEF Africa Services unit and the lead author of the report
Chukwuemeka Eze – Executive Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding
Maidugu Magaji – Teacher based in Nigeria’s Borno state

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