Now in its ninth year, the conflict in Nigeria has resulted in a critical humanitarian crisis with mass displacement, both internally and in neighbouring states.
The most affected states in Nigeria – Borno, Adamawa and Yobe – are experiencing severe insecurity as access to food, water, shelter, education, and health services are extremely limited.
The Boko Haram-related violence and military counter operations have also led to serious protection risks for children – particularly those with special needs and vulnerabilities.
For girls, there is an increased risk to abduction, exploitative labour, and sexual abuse and for boys, there is an increased risk to arrest or forced recruitment.
The name Boko Haram is usually translated as Western education is forbidden.
Since their genesis in 2009, Boko Haram has been targeting the education system in northeast Nigeria and numerous schools have been destroyed or shut down. Likewise, over 600 teachers have been murdered and 19,000 have been displaced.
Providing education for children in this emergency has been our priority.
As an Irish Aid funded response, Plan International Ireland is responding to the crisis in various ways including providing teacher trainings, educational opportunities, learning materials, and child protection. We also ran a ‘Back to School’ Campaign promoting schools as safe zones and informing the communities of the long-term benefits of education, especially for girls. Furthermore, all of our programmes have gender-based violence training and support to ensure that girls are safe in school.
Most recently, we piloted Mobile Education Units (MEUs) across Borno State. MEUs are an emergency response using non-fixed spaces to provide education to children who would otherwise not have access. The pilots focused on access, safety and protection, quality and reintegration into formal education. For results and further information, please read the report here.