EAA expresses concern over security threats in Nigerian capital and its impact on education
Education Above All is deeply concerned about the security situation in the Nigeria which has forced schools to shut in the capital, Abuja, as well as in the neighbouring state of Nasarawa.
Local governments ordered schools in the two jurisdictions to end the term early this week, closing many schools in the middle of final exams, and thereby disrupting the learning of thousands of Nigerian children. Nigeria has the highest number of attacks on education for the past two years with more than 1,000 students and teachers being abducted, injured or killed in 2020 and 2021.
Earlier in the week, three military personnel were killed while responding to a security threat at the Nigerian Law School in the capital.
Students, parents and teachers across Nigeria have lived too long with the constant fear of attack. Protracted conflict and a pattern of attacks on education have created insecurity in access to education, with severe impact on all learners and educators in the country.
Education Above All renews its call for all parties to the conflict to immediately cease attacks on education, to treat schools as safe spaces and to ensure access to education.