Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world -UNICEF

Nigeria still has 10.5 million  out-of-school children – the world’s highest number the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says.

It  reiterated that in 2018 the primary school enrolment had increased in recent years, with net attendance of about 70 per cent,

It said:

‘’Sixty-nine per cent of those children are in northern Nigeria, just as 60 per cent of the out-of-school children are girls.’’


UNICEF Deputy Representative in Nigeria, Pernille Ironside also confirmed the figure,  adding that a ministerial strategic plan states that Nigeria has 10.5 million children aged 6-14, out of school.

In her statistics, Bauchi State has the highest number with 1.1 million children that are out of school followed by Katsina with 781,500.

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