The United Nations (UN) has revealed that not fewer than 611 teachers were killed between 2009 and 2015 due to the Boko Haram insurgency. It also stated that 19,000 were forced to flee the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.UN made this known via its National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun.
Soremekun made the disclosure in a media advisory made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Mr. Soremekun said the advisory was on a report entitled: “Launch of the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report in Nigeria” to be launched on Monday in Abuja.
He said the report indicated that more than 910 schools were destroyed, while 1,500 others were closed due to Boko Haram attacks in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria in the same period.
“As of 2015 in Nigeria, where Boko Haram has targeted education workers and students, at least 611 teachers had been deliberately killed and 19,000 forced to flee since 2009.
“According to the report, between 2009 and 2015, attacks in North-Eastern Nigeria destroyed more than 910 schools and forced at least 1,500 to close and teachers are at risk.
“By early 2016, an estimated 952,029 school-age children had fled the violence. Teachers are at risk,’’ he quoted the report as saying.
Mr. Soremekun said that UNESCO and the Federal Ministry of Education would also organise a stakeholders’ forum on the implementation of Goal Four of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He said that theme of the report is: “Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All’’.