The future walks in our children’s shoes, our world

will go the way they choose.

 

  Hero Kids Rehabilitation Foundation

Help to reachout Chidren and Youth at Risk

The Challenges:

Nigeria is a country with high levels of economic disparity.

Nigeria  is the African's largest democracy with a population of over 180 million. Of this, 32 percent live on less than US$2.5 a day, and 68 percent on less than US$1.5 a day. With 44% of children underweight. The future of rural Nigeria, where the highest concentration of poverty prevails, depends on overcoming enormous challenges in health, education, nutrition, population and environment."

 

 

Rural children are unable to access education.

 

Schools are not always accessible in remote areas and children have to travel several miles to reach one, and do so mostly by foot and  this becomes a major deterrent to education.

Across Nigeria, school attendance levels show a decline: from 73.4% in 2009 to 70.9% in 2013 in rural primary schools. The decline is steeper in upper primary schools, decreasing from 75.6% in 2009 to 71.9% in 2013.

State wise Snapshots:

Some states in Nigeria show an alarming decline in school attendance in the five years between 2009 to 2013.

 

  • Sokoto State  59.0% To 50.0%
  • Kano State 67.0% To 54.0%
  • Borno State 64.4% To 57.3%
  • Akwa Ibom State 66.9% To 51.1%
  • Kaduna State 76.7% To 52.3%

 

And when they do access education, they aren't able to stay in school.

Drop-out rates in Nigeria are as high as 60% in the higher secondary level. 50% of children who join Class I drop out by Class IV

Those who do stay in school don't learn optimally.


Enrollment has increased in recent times, but many children are still unable to read and solve basic mathematics relevant to their class or grade. Absence of reliable electricity, books, desks or tables to work on, and distraction at home due to their involvement in domestic chores act as serious barriers to learning.