Intensify efforts to protect studentds, UN tells FG


The United Nations (UN) UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has called on the federal government to intensify efforts to protect students from attack in schools.
Kallon made the call on in a statement on Thursday to mark the 2021 International Day to Protect Education from Attack which is commemorated every September 9.
He the incessant the attacks of schools and abduction of schoolchildren in Nigeria are threatening the future of the country.
“I strongly condemn every form of attack that has kept many children away from schools.
“I call on the Federal and State Governments to do more to protect schools from attack and to ensure that teaching and learning is safe and conducive in all schools in Nigeria.”
He said, “Whenever teaching and learning is disrupted, the impact on human capital development is enormous as the recovery period is always tortuous and longer than the length of the initial disruption.
“Children are traumatized; parents are scared; teachers and school administrators are afraid; attacks on schools are gradually spreading to areas not known to insurgencies. “With education under attack, the collective future of Nigeria is under threat. This must stop now.”
According to Kallon, Nigeria cannot afford to leave the situation of incessant attacks on schools to remain unchecked.”


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