According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s most recent statistics on out-of-school children worldwide, there are currently about 20 million unschooled children in Nigeria (UNESCO).
According to UNESCO, the most recent statistics were derived using a new and improved methodology. According to UNESCO, “244 million children and youth between the ages of 6 and 18 worldwide (who) are still out of school,”
India, Nigeria, and Pakistan have the highest rates of out-of-school children worldwide, according to statistics.
The figures in Nigeria have oscillated between 10.5 million and around 15 million for more than a decade, with the situation growing worse due to the degenerating security situation in the country.
UNESCO announced the figures in a statement issued on Thursday, researched by the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM), which is developed by an independent team and published by UNESCO.
The global organisation said the team developing the report “has the official mandate of monitoring progress in meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on education, SDG 4.”
The statement read in part: “The new estimates, published online by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, show that sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the most children and youth out of school with 98 million children and young people excluded from education. It is also the only region where this number is increasing; out-of-school rates are falling more slowly than the rate at which the school-age population is growing