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Northeast: 37,000 children to benefit from education

Plan International Nigeria and European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) said they will respond to urgent educational needs of children affected by…

Plan International Nigeria and European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) said they will respond to urgent educational needs of children affected by conflict in Northeast Nigeria.

At least 37,000 children will benefit from an integrated education and child protection two-year project in Gwoza, Pulka and Dikwa local government areas of Borno state, a statement said.

The statement said the project would be funded by ECHO.

“Schools are often among the first targets by armed opposition groups when they invade communities, thereby constituting a setback for the children’s education,” the statement said.

The project will respond to the urgent education and protection needs of children and adolescent boys and girls affected by the conflict in Northeast Nigeria.

“Plan International Nigeria is implementing the 24-month project with an overall objective of having girls and boys have increased access to quality formal and non-formal learning opportunities and live in a protective environment in Borno State Nigeria,” the statement said.

Plan International’s Emergency Response Manager in Nigeria Riyas Mohammed said: “Education is one of our core areas of intervention in the northeast of Nigeria. We are supporting affected children with essential services such as learning materials, classrooms, desks, safe playgrounds for children, and child protection services.”