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Guest blog: Why 8.6 million children are out of school in Nigeria

Guest blogger Louise Wetheridge works on The ‘Transforming Education for Girls in Nigeria and Tanzania’ (TEGINT) project. Louise visited Nigeria with three MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Education for All to visit schools and find out why 10% of the world’s out of school children live in Nigeria.

Last week (13 – 17 February 2012) a delegation of the UK government’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Education for All, with the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and ActionAid, headed to northern Nigeria to find out why it has over 10% of the world’s out-of-school children and what we can do about it.

Nigeria is a huge country – the largest in sub-Saharan Africa – and the challenges it faces to provide access to quality education for all are equally vast. 

The numbers of children out of school are rising: Nigeria is projected to be home to over 12 million out of school children in 2015.  

From building enough schools to training enough teachers and supporting government and communities to commit to education is an ongoing endeavour.

As part of the trip, we visited two schools in the Federal Capital Territory and talked to parents, teachers, school management committees, governors and the children themselves, especially girls who are the majority of those out of school. 

As a member of the delegation I looked forward to learning from them about their obstacles to schooling and their aspirations. 

Now we are back, we will begin to plan on how to support efforts to achieve education for all.  And we will share this with you, because if we cannot effectively tackle this problem here, together, we will never achieve the goal that we set out in the Millennium – universal primary education.

You can find out what happened when the delegation visited schools and spoke to pupils next week.

If you would like to support the call for universal primary education for all by 2015, you can take part in the GCE's annual global education campaign 'Send My Friend to School'. 

The campaign runs in the summer term (May-July), and last year 600,000 children in nearly 5,000 schools across the UK took part. 

To find out more and order your free schools pack, visit www.sendmyfriend.org

TEGINT is run by Community Action for Popular Participation in Nigeria, supported by ActionAid and funded by Comic Relief and the Tubney Charitable Trust