Malala Yousafzai visited Nigeria on Monday to meet Chibok schoolgirls. She called for a “state of emergency for education” in Nigeria. The 20-year-old Nobel peace prizewinner and an ambassador for education made the suggestion at the meeting with Yemi Osinbajo acting president of Nigeria in Abuja.
Nigeria is leading when it come to children out of school. According to UN children’s fund, UNICEF, there are 10.5 million children who do not go to school and among them 60 percent are girls.
A huge amount is found in the northeast of the country where Boko Haram destroyed education and has damaged classrooms and school in the last nine years.
Malala who has always fought for education and was nearly killed by Taliban in 2012 told reporters: “I highlighted a few issues.
“The first was to ask the government to declare a state of emergency for education because the education of the Nigerian girls and boys is really important.
“The federal government, state government and local government should all be united for this. Secondly, the spending should be made public and thirdly, the Child Rights Act should be implemented in all states.”
Malala has a positive response for her suggestions from the Acting President Osinbajo, who is standing in for Muhammadu Buhari because of his medical leave since early May.
Boko Haram militants from schools in remote area of Chibok kidnapped more than 200 students in April 2014. This has been marked as one of the high-profile attack on girls.
Yousafzai among politicians, celebrities and campaigners from all over the world are supporting the online movement #BringBackOurGirls to demand their release.
After more the three years around 106 out of 219 have been released, escaped and rescued while rest are still held.
Malala hopes that rest of the girls are released soon from Boko Haram abduction.
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