Nigeria: Extremist attacks hit school attendance (21 May 2013)
EI [Education International] has strongly condemned attacks on Nigerian schools, teachers and students that have kept 15,000 children away from school since last February. News of the attacks by Boko Haram (BH) extremists came from IRIN, the news service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The attacks on state schools in the Borno State, North-Eastern Nigeria, have continued.
Teachers killed and schools burnt down
Most of the affected children are primary school students, according to a Borno State Ministry of Education spokesman. So far, BH has burned or destroyed 50 of the state’s 175 schools, he said. Teachers in the state have confirmed the numbers.
Students are staying at home for fear of attack, or being transferred to private Islamic schools, known in the north as Islamiyya. On 6 May, state schools were officially to reopen following a six-week break, but many have stayed closed, as officials and teachers fear attack.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers yesterday asked teachers in schools bordering the Kenya-Somali border to stay away until the government guarantees them of security.
This is after five people among them a school teacher were killed last Saturday during the attack on two police posts by Al Shabaab militants …
International aid agency the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) has announced grants of $4.2 million to Somaliland and $2.1 million to Puntland to pay teachers’ salaries, the UN Children’s Fund announced Thursday (May 23rd).
The funding will enable the regional governments to compensate and hire teachers, facilitating the enrolment of more children in school.
“The biggest problem is we need more teachers. However, many who are qualified are afraid to work in the area because of the ongoing conflict and the recent attacks,” Haundang said.
Some 47,000 people are in IDP camps in KIA-controlled areas, with thousands more staying with host families, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on 18 April.
Thousands of school-age children have been affected by the conflict, with varying access to education facilities.
In KIA-controlled areas, volunteer teachers have been used to maintain education services for the displaced. However, financial support for this effort is lacking. A comprehensive assessment of the education sector is urgently needed to better determine the number of children in need of education support, gaps in school supplies, and the absorption capacity of existing schools, OCHA said.