UN Reveals Issues About Female Refugees Not Enrolling to Schools

The United Nations (UN) revealed on Wednesday that the refugee girls are having difficult to continue their education due to what they call “formidable barriers.”

There are only 50% girls who are about to consider their secondary school.

According to the reported news through AFP, the refugee girls are having difficulty in making a decision to continue their secondary school because of “formidable barriers” or possible hindrances, as detailed by the UN.

Based on the information provided by United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), majority of the affected girls are those exiled and cannot easily access the right schools to pursue their education.

“There are formidable barriers to overcome. We are calling for an international effort to turn the tide,” as stated by Filippo Grandi who is the current chief of UNHCR.

From the recorded data of the agency in 2017, nearly 3.5 million children from the refugee sites are not studying, particularly those who need to pursue their secondary and higher education. From the revealed data last September, they found out that only 23% of the refugee children are studying in the secondary level.

This is way below than the 84% percent regular children across the globe who studies their secondary level.

The agency likewise reported that the male refugees who enrolled for the secondary school might just have the same number with the female refugees, which the figure reveal that possibly 50% enrollees only.

There are issues that the expenditure about the school uniforms and books is the main problem on why many refugee girls are not planning to study. On the other hand, the concern about giving priority education to the refugee males is what affects the female refugees, the news online added.

From the point of view of the agency as detailed on the report also, most families are keeping their girls at home for various household activities such as taking good care of their young sibling and in collecting fuel or water supply. In addition to this, families do not permit their female teenagers because they worry about the potential sexual harassment, insufficient suppliers for their menstrual period and unclean toilets for them in school.

According to the UNHCR chief, neglecting the female refugees to have proper education will have a huge impact for the coming generations.


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Nigeria Has 10.5M “Out-of-School” Children, Largest in the World

In the latest news about Nigeria, the country’s secretary of the education ministry Adamu Hussaini revealed that Nigeria has the most number of “out-of-school” children in the world.

Based on the record, it has almost 10.5 million of uneducated children.

The secretary of the education ministry of Nigeria revealed that the country has the most numbers of children who did not get an opportunity to study in a school, according from the guardian.ng online report. Secretary Hussaini said that currently, there are almost 10.5 million of recorded “out-of-school” youth in the country and this is a saddening record to consider.

He revealed this issue at the 62nd National Council on Education (NCE) opening in Kano, Nigeria.

The education permanent secretary reveals concern that this kind of problem affecting the Nigerian children will seriously affect the objective of the country to achieve success through proper education.

“Almajiri-children, those of the nomadic pastoralists, boy and girl-child drop out, social miscreants, children living with disability, those of migrant fisher men and more recently, children displaced by insurgency, constitute the bulk of the affected children,” Adamu explained as quoted by the news.

Another sad issue about the education of children in Nigeria is that no sufficient investments are coming from the country to support the youth. This is regardless of the strong effort of both local and international sectors to help the country improve its education system and promotion.

As detailed from the BBC News, the children’s agency of the United Nation and UNICEF had been making efforts to deal with this issue, but cultural factors affect the proposed plans of the government.

In line with this, Malala Yousafzal talked to the acting president Yemi Osinbajo and asking him to make a declaration for “an education state of emergency in Nigeria.” Yousafzal is an education activist who visited the country to extend her support in improving the education here.

The permanent secretary added that the increasing unemployment rate within the country is also affecting the programs to improve the education of children in Nigeria.

The news report added that in order to resolve this kind of problem, Professor Hafizu Abubakar said that there is already a drafted policy for the state regarding the all-inclusive education to provide the youth.

Abubakar is Kano State’s current Deputy Governor.