Understanding and Curbing the Challenges: States in Nigeria with Highest Number of Out-of-School Children

Education is the cornerstone of development, empowering individuals and societies to thrive. It is the process by which the younger generation are prepared for the future and the passing down of the moral values of the society from one generation to another. 

However, in Nigeria, the issue of out-of-school children poses a significant challenge to this fundamental right. Via this article, we will be looking into the state in Nigeria with the highest number of out-of-school children, exploring the factors contributing to this phenomenon and the efforts undertaken to address it.

Education plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of individuals and communities. It not only enhances cognitive abilities but also fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for socio-economic development.

Factors Contributing to Out-of-School Children

Several factors contribute to the high number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, including poverty, cultural norms, insecurity, and inadequate infrastructure. These challenges greatly affect marginalized communities, hindering access to quality Education.

Here is a list of Ten states in Nigeria with the highest rate of out of school children.

  1. Kebbi: 67.6%
  2. Sokoto: 66.4%
  3. Yobe: 62.9%
  4. Zamfara: 61.3%
  5. Bauchi: 55.7%
  6. Borno: 54.2%
  7. Jigawa: 51.1%
  8. Gombe: 48%
  9. Katsina: 45.9%
  10. Niger: 42.8%
  11. Kano: 39.2%
  12. Taraba: 28.8%
  13. Nasarawa: 25.4%
  14. Plateau: 23.2%
  15. Kwara: 22%
  16. Kaduna: 21.9%
  17. Adamawa: 21.7%
  18. Oyo: 20.9%
  19. Ogun: 20.5%
  20. Benue: 18.4%
  21. Ebonyi: 16.7%
  22. Ondo: 13.8%
  23. Osun: 12.8%
  24. FCT: 12.8%
  25. Edo: 11.3%
  26. Akwa Ibom: 10.6%
  27. Kogi: 10.2%
  28. Delta: 9.3%
  29. Rivers: 7.7%
  30. Cross River: 7.6%
  31. Enugu: 7.5%
  32. Bayelsa: 7.4%
  33. Lagos: 6.4%
  34. Abia: 5.6%
  35. Ekiti: 5.1%
  36. Imo: 5.1%
  37. Anambra: 2.9%

Why is it important to address this issue?

Ensuring that every child has access to education is not just a moral obligation but also a crucial step towards building a better society. Education empowers children, equips them with essential skills, and opens up opportunities for a brighter future. By addressing the issue of out-of-school children, we can break the cycle of poverty, reduce social inequalities, and foster economic growth.

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Finding Solutions to this problem;

Governments, non-governmental organizations, communities, and individuals must come together to address the barriers to education and create an inclusive and accessible learning environment.

Remember, education is a powerful tool that can transform lives and build a brighter future. Together, we can work towards reducing the number of out-of-school children and creating a society where every child has the opportunity to learn and thrive.

Amongst the numerous ways of finding solution to this grave problem that has been affecting the Nigerian society, an event is being held to curb this problem and some other issues affecting Nigeria at large.

Warri Boys Association

On the 27th April, 2024, Warri Boys Association will be hosting an event to raise one billion naira to help out of school children, rehabilitate drug abusers, skill acquisition and for its multipurpose complex. Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, GRA, Lagos. Call the numbers in the flyer for more info.

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