Boko HaramNewsBoko Haram Terrorists Razes 512 Schools, Killed 600 Teachers In Borno

Boko Haram terrorists have razed 512 schools and killed 600 teachers in Borno state within the past 12 years of insurgency.

The Director of School Services, State Universal Basic Education Board Ali Dogo made this known at the launch of EduTrac mobile phone-based data collection system and mainstreaming of psycho-social support into formal education in Borno state in partnership with United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF).

 “Low levels of education and literacy in northeast Nigeria have been exacerbated by the Boko Haram insurgency. The group has targeted teachers and schools, with more than 910 schools destroyed between 2009 and 2015, and 1,500 forced to close.

“In July 2009, the Boko Haram uprising began in Bauchi and spread to other northern states, leaving hundreds of followers, Nigerian law enforcement officers, and civilians dead. The following year, attacks in the Northeast and other parts of the country including bombings, mass shootings, and executions began to rise,” he said.

Dogo called on international Organisations and donor agencies to support orphans of the slain teachers in areas of education and vocational skills.

The UNICEF Education Manager Maiduguri Field Office Paola Ripamonti said the organisation has supported over 300,000 children and youths to access formal and informal education in Borno State.

He added that 102, 000 children have accessed inclusive, equitable and quality education in a safe and protective learning environment in 6 local areas of the state with about 30,000 out-of-school youths and adolescents supported with vocational skills and have been mainstreamed into formal education in their liberated communities.

“UNICEF piloted this intervention in 10 schools across 6 local government areas in partnership with Borno state Universal Basic Education Board with the support of European Union and other partners,” he said.

Paola Ripamonti explained that the tool was aimed at improving quality education and identifying bottlenecks at school levels such as absenteeism, student-teacher ratio, and overcrowding.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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