Plan International Nigeria and ECHO have responded to urgent education needs of children affected by the conflict in Northeast Nigeria
At least 37,000 children will benefit from an integrated education and child protection two-year project in Gwoza, Pulka and Dikwa Local Government Areas of Borno state, Northeast Nigeria funded by the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO).
Schools are often among the first targets by armed opposition groups when they invade communities, thereby constituting a setback for the children’s education.
According to a 2017 report by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Nigeria, an estimated 3 million children affected by the conflict are in need of immediate educational support.
The project responds to the urgent education and protection needs of children and adolescent boys and girls affected by the conflict in Northeast Nigeria.
Plan International Nigeria is implementing the 24-month project with an overall objective of having girls and boys have increased access to quality formal and non-formal learning opportunities and live in a protective environment in Borno State Nigeria’.
“Education is one of our core areas of intervention in the north east of Nigeria,” says Riyas Mohamed, Plan International’s Emergency Response Manager in Nigeria.
“We are supporting affected children with essential services such as learning materials, classrooms, desks, safe play grounds for children, and child protection services” he added.
The Project Manager, Mr Mathew Masai said: “Our ultimate aim is to support the crisis-affected children to have access to quality education and protection services for them to be able to prevent and respond to their protection concerns in the communities their live in.