Reports from UNICEF (January 2022) and World Bank (June 2022) both indicate that Nigeria has the highest number of children out of school in the world.
For a country that has such a big impact in Africa’s political and economic stage, this is grim news indeed. While the national government has increased the percentage of its annual budget for education from 5.7% in 2021 to 7.2% in 2022, it is still way behind the internationally recommended guideline of 15-20%.*
This makes the work of Africa Education Partnership all the more critical. With more than 11 million children in Nigeria not attending school, representing 1 in 12 out-of-school children world-wide, it is imperative that our work continue.
The results of our work prove that renovated, equipped schools draw children to learn. Our two major school site renovations in Kaduna State increased the student population by 25% and 27.5%. Our completed campus in Zamfara State with the dormitory project underway saw the school population increase by almost 10%. These increases happened during Covid and great internal unrest within Nigeria, proof that people want their children to be educated.
Our goal is to make education accessible to all vulnerable populations within the areas that we work. If children cannot reap the benefits of a quality education, there will be no future teachers, medical professionals, business minds, or future scientists to help secure Nigeria’s future.
Please consider supporting our work by donating at www.africaep.org or sending a check to
AEP, 99 Sand Hill Road, South Windsor, CT 06479