UNICEF Statistics On Education In Nigeria Infographic
According to UNICEF statistics on Education in Nigeria: “Nigeria’s population growth has put pressure on the country’s resources, public services, and infrastructure".
With children under 15 years of age accounting for 45% of the 171 million population, the burden on education has become overwhelming.
Primary school enrollment has increased in recent years, but net attendance is only about 70%, but Nigeria still has 10.5 million out-of-school children—the world’s highest number. 60% of those children are in northern Nigeria.
About 60% of out-of-school children are girls. Many of those who do enroll drop out early. Low perceptions of the value of education for girls and early marriages are among the reasons.
Some northern states have laws requiring education of girls and prohibiting their withdrawal from school. Girls’ primary school attendance has been improving, but this has not been the case for girls from the poorest households.