The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has rolled out a new educational programme aimed at attracting 10 million Nigerian children to school within the next four years.
UNICEF’s Communication Specialist, Dr Geoffrey Njoku, who made the disclosure in Kano on Monday at a two-day media dialogue on the status of implementation of the Child Rights Law across the country noted that the new country programme, which will run from 2023 to 2027, is expected to massively cut down on the alarming out-of-school children rate in Nigeria.
He said that the UN agency efforts saw to enrolment of 1.5 million girls, adding that another 5 million children continued learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Njoku, the new programme “will ensure that the rights of every child in Nigeria especially the most excluded , to survive, thrive, learn, be protected and develop to his or her full potential”.
Speaking on some of the UNICEF massive interventions in Nigerian health sector, Njoku millions of Nigerian children were vaccinated through the support of the UN agency.
His words : “ 58 million children were vaccinated against polio, also we achieved zero dose strategy in 100 local government areas to reach underserved children across 18 states.
“ 22 million children also received two doses of Vitamin A in 2022. “
THE AUTHORITY reports that the UNICEF-sponsored media dialogue attracted scores of journalists, resource persons, among others, from far and near.
Pupils of Brigade Girls Model Primary School, Gawuna ward, pose for a picture during a visit to the school as part of the media dialogue’s field exercise on Tuesday. The only girls learning institution enjoys the support of UNICEF.