COVID-19 May Increase School Drop-outs, Forced Marriages In Nigeria – Women Affairs Minister Raises Alarm

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Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic will likely lead to many children dropping out of school in Nigeria.

Tallen while flagging off the 2020 National Children’s Day celebration, themed:

“Promoting Girl-Child Education for Sustainable Development’’, in Abuja expressed concern that the pandemic will likely affect girl-child education.

She said: “As we are all aware, Nigeria is already facing the struggle of enrolling the girl-child in school, the COVID-19 pandemic has a high tendency to set us back as the likelihood for increased school drop-out rates of those already enrolled.

These issues will further widen the gender gaps in education and lead to increase in all forms of violence such as sexual, physical and emotional exploitation, early and forced marriages, child trafficking and child labour,” she said.

The minister, therefore, appealed to parents to make sure their children return to school as soon as academic activities resume to bridge gender gaps in line with the SDGs 4.


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One thought on “COVID-19 May Increase School Drop-outs, Forced Marriages In Nigeria – Women Affairs Minister Raises Alarm

  1. Ewere kome

    That appeal should be specific to region where such drama are likely to play out to get the desired outcome.

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