UNICEF Urges Nigeria To Increase Education Budget By 10%

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UNICEF Urges Nigeria To Increase Education Budget By 10%

In commemoration of the International Day of the African child, The United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF has challenged the Nigerian government to increase education budget by 10% and earmark 50% of the total allocation to the sector for basic education development.

UNICEF Urges Nigeria To Increase Education Budget By 10%

UNICEF Education Specialist, Azuka Menkiti made the call while leading a youth advocate campaign for access to safe and quality education in the 10 states with the highest number of out of school children.

Since the return to civil rule in 1999, in spite of agitations, Nigeria has not been able to allocate up to 20 percent of its annual budget to education

UNICEF a critical stakeholder in education is taking advantage of the international day of the African Child and an ongoing youth advocacy campaign to call for more access to education and increased funding

UNICEF after getting  the commitment of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, to pressurize  states to frequently access their funds, tasked newly elected federal and state governments, especially those who made campaign promises to fund the sector to fulfill them

A statement by UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Kawkins is calling for the recruitment of one thousand female teachers for schools in states with the highest number of out-of-school children, especially those in rural areas.


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