More than half the world’s children who are not being educated are in Nigeria, the federal government has said. Adamu Hussaini said it was “sad to note” that Nigeria had 10.5 million children out of school.
Cultural factors have been blamed but critics point to a lack of money going to publicly funded schools.
Mr Hussaini said those most affected were girls, street children and the children of nomadic groups and added that economic prosperity can only be achieved with an “inclusive and functional education system”.
“Government funded schools in Nigeria have practically collapsed over the years because of poor funding leaving children from poor homes with nowhere to go but the streets,” he says.