Boko Haram Has Killed About 2,295 Teachers - UNICEF
Schools badly damaged and some located in areas considered unsafe in northeast Nigeria are still closed.
A new academic session has started and the United Nations Children agency is concerned.
The military had in its counter-terrorism operations decimated the Boko Haram group that has wreaked havoc in the region.
According to a UNICEF statement on the state of schools in Borno State, the most hit in the 8 years of insurgency, at least 57% of the schools in the state are closed as September 17.
Teachers have been killed and buildings were destroyed by the Jihadist group that is pushing for an Islamic State and end to Western education in the northeast.
“More than 2,295 teachers have been killed and 19,000 displaced, while nearly 1,400 schools have been destroyed in eight years of fighting," the statement read.
Things appeared not to have changed despite military claims that all the communities have been liberated.
The situation poses a big threat and UNICEF says it is like to create “a lost generation of children, threatening their and the country’s future” if not addressed.
The agency’s deputy executive director, Justin Forsyth, said on a visit to the northeast that the effect of the insurgency on education was “no accident”.
“This was a deliberate strategy (by Boko Haram) to destroy opportunity for children to go to school,” he told AFP in a telephone interview from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.