Researchers and Consultants at Connected Development – Girls’ Education Research Study
The North-East (NE), Nigeria has remained one of the least developed regions in the country. As of 2019, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, the poverty rate in the region was above 71%, the highest in the country, while as of 2020, 60% of Nigeria’s 13 million out of school children are in the region. The region also has the lowest literacy rate across the country at 34%. Girls are most affected in the region education-wise. Most of them are out of school and cannot complete primary and secondary education following so many factors including inherent traditional societal barriers, early marriage, continuous insurgency in the past decade, as well as issues of affordability, availability and accessibility to schools.
To address the barriers to girls’ education in the region, CODE is currently implementing the project, “Increasing Girl-child Primary and Secondary Education Enrolment and Completion in Adamawa State,” which is funded by The Malala Fund. The project aims at facilitating girl-child education enrolment, access and completion through activating accountability channels for gender-responsive service delivery in schools, addressing traditional/cultural barriers to girls’ education and high-level governmental engagement on improving girls’ education.
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