The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund has said no fewer than 9.7 million Nigerian students were at risk of never returning to school.
The UN body noted this in Abuja during the launch of the Nigeria Learning platform, an online, mobile and soon-to-be offline learning platform that will provide continuous education to three million learners in 2022 alone.
The UNICEF Executive Director, Catherine Russell, in a goodwill message delivered at the launch noted that the platform would help reach the most vulnerable and marginalized learners.
” Before COVID-19, about 10.5 million Nigerian children aged between 5 and 14 were not in school. Today, in Nigeria, more than 9.7 million children are at the risk of never returning to school. The learning platform can help change that.
” By offering simple, easy and fun ways to learn, as well as tailor-made training programmes, the learning platform will help respond to the needs of every child. With online, offline and mobile options, it can help us reach the most vulnerable and marginalized learners”.