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Nigeria accounts for 45% out-of-school children in West Africa, says UNICEF | 4Beta Naija
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that Nigeria accounts for 45 per cent of the growing number of out-of school children in West Africa. Citing the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) data report, UNICEF noted that while southern states have an average of 11 per cent of children aged between six and 14 years out of school, northern states have an average of 31 percent. It stated that of the 13.2 million out- of-school children in Nigeria, 7.9 million (or 69 per cent) are in the northern states. UNICEF Communication Specialist, Mr. Geoffrey Njoku, in his paper at a media dialogue on promoting equity for children, also identified gender as an important factor in the pattern of educational marginalisation. Njoku in his paper titled: "Gaps in education access in Nigeria: A situation analysis and what UNICEF is doing," identified poor implementation of policies and laws. It also cited poor learning outcomes occasioned by the uncommitted,