COVID-19 forces 39 million students out of school in Nigeria …NGO

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The NGO, Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative, (EWEI), has said the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced 39 million students out of school; in addition to the over 13.2 million children that were already out of school before the pandemic in Nigeria.

This was stated in a statement signed by EWEI’s Senior Programmw Officer, Uche Egbe, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Monday.
As a succor EWEI is partnering the Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance, (GOA) Learning Without Limits, (LWL) to support the virtual and supplementary education of 50 adolescent girls in Kaduna State.
The statement further stated that the LWL project will commenced from August 2021 to July 2023.
“The project LWL will focus on providing supplementary educational opportunities to benefit female students. 40 beneficiaries will be selected from 4 public girls’ secondary schools in Kaduna North and South Local Government Areas, 2 schools per LGA, in addition to ten of our Educational Subsidy Programme, (ESP).

“The LWL aimed to reduce the digital divide and gaps in access to virtual learning for adolescent girls in Kaduna state, provide for access to quality education in light of pandemic restrictions and limitations of educational curricula, enhanced the subject matter skills of the adolescent beneficiaries in order to improve performance in specific subject areas and demonstrate a community inclusive approach to improving access to quality education for girls through the involvement of state and non-state actors.

“GOA is a program of the Obama Foundation that seeks to empower adolescent girls around the world through education, allowing them to achieve their full potential and transform their families, communities, and countries.

“It engages people around the world to take action to help adolescent girls and the grassroots leaders working to educate them,” the statement reads.

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