Nigerian Schools Now Targets of Violence and Terror, NGOs Warn

By Milcah Tanimu

Recent incidents of violence and terror targeting Nigerian schools have sparked concern among Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and advocacy groups, highlighting the urgent need for safeguarding educational institutions in the country.

A Non-Governmental Organisation, IA-Foundation, and the Peace and Social Justice group have raised alarm over the escalating insecurity within Nigeria’s education sector, particularly in light of the recent abduction of over 280 pupils and teachers from Government Secondary School and LEA Primary School in Kuriga, Kaduna State, by bandits.

IA-Foundation, a UK-based educational charity, and PSJ-UK, a UK-based advocacy NGO, emphasized the alarming reality of schools, once safe havens for learning, now becoming targets of violence and terror.

Founder of IA-Foundation, Ibironke Adeagbo, underscored the significance of education as a cornerstone of national development but lamented its current vulnerability to attacks. She pointed out the distressing trend of insecurity within Nigeria’s education sector, particularly since the 2014 Chibok schoolgirls’ abduction, calling for urgent measures to protect students and educators.

Ayo Adedoyin, CEO of PSJ-UK, highlighted the devastating impact of kidnapping on innocent children, whose dreams are held hostage for ransom. He emphasized the urgent need to address the cycle of violence and ensure the safety of Nigeria’s youth, urging comprehensive interventions to prevent further tragedies.

In response to these challenges, the NGOs proposed recommendations aimed at safeguarding schools and restoring a sense of safety for students and educators. They emphasized the importance of integrating educational interventions into broader societal initiatives to promote lasting peace and security in Nigeria.

Wale Olaoye, Lead Speaker and CEO of Halogen Group, stressed the strategic significance of education as a tool for personal, political, and social transformation. He advocated for lifelong learning initiatives to empower individuals and communities to respond effectively to emerging threats and challenges.

As Nigeria grapples with insecurity within its education sector, concerted efforts from government, civil society, and international partners are crucial to ensuring the safety and well-being of students and educators and securing a brighter future for the nation’s youth.


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