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
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.
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.