Fresh Boko Haram Abductions Threaten Girl Child Education In Nigeria
After the kidnap of the Chibok girls, many parents became reluctant to send their wards to school.
Then some efforts were made to instill some confidence in them so that they could agree to send their children back to school.
But now, it is not certain how they are going to respond to the recent abduction of over 90 girls in the town of Dapchi in Yobe State.
Observers fear that this could undermine efforts to keep girls in schools and threaten progress on women’s education in the region.
The mass kidnapping, they believe, may drive parents to keep their children out of school due to fears for their safety.
“If I was a parent in Nigeria, I’d be so scared to send my child to school,” Sola Tayo, a fellow at the London-based think tank Chatham House, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“This shows the state cannot guarantee that children in school are safe,” she added.
The abduction could hinder girls’ education in Nigeria’s conservative northeast, where most girls are married off before they turn 18, according to a charity organization called Girls Not Brides.
“Already, trying to convince parents to keep their daughters in school is a challenge,” said Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign that drew international attention to the Chibok abductions.
“Now, this added fear of more girls being abducted - it’s going to make it even more difficult.”
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