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North’s out-of-school children population disheartening – Aisha Buhari

President’s wife , Mrs Aisha Buhari, says the population of out-of-school children in the North is disheartening.

The wife of the president, said this during the inauguration of her pet project, Future Assured Youth Education and Empowerment Programme, which would train 750 young persons in Adamawa, said the situation required government’s quick attention.

She continued, “The case is most disheartening in the northern states where insurgency, poverty and our socio-cultural norms have played key roles in further worsening what is left of the ruins of dilapidated structures, insufficient and poorly motivated teachers at all levels.”

The education deprivation in northern Nigeria was carried along by factors such as economic barriers and socio-cultural norms and practices that discourage attendance in formal education,most especially for girls.

Mrs Buhari, who was represented by Dr Abba Tahir, Vice-President American University of Nigeria, Yola, called for sustained actions to face the phenomenon of children out of school in the country.

She said, “We cannot ignore them. We must realise that all development issues are interrelated and unless we figure out a way of solving the root causes in education, health, nutrition, agriculture and economic empowerment, holistically. We may never create a balance in our development.”

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