Plan Ireland Calls for Action on the Abduction of the Nigerian Schoolgirls

11th May 2014
Plan Ireland is extremely concerned that, nearly a month since the Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted, they and the other girls abducted a week ago still haven’t been freed.


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Plan Ireland is a child’s rights development NGO which works in 50 countries worldwide, including several African nations which border Nigeria.

Plan Ireland CEO, David Dalton said:
“As a children’s rights organisation, we strongly condemn the multiple violations of these girls’ rights, including their right to education, their right to protection and their right to survival and development.

Every child, including all girls, has the right to learn in a safe and secure environment and to reach their full potential. Education is key to lifting children, families and their communities out of poverty, and to ensuring that they have a better future. No one should deny a child their right to education.

Every day the rights of children all over the world, especially girls, are violated. Not all of these make the news, but they are just as significant in their own way.

Globally, one in five girls around the world is denied an education because of poverty, child marriage, discrimination and violence. Not only is this unjust. It’s also a huge waste of potential with serious global consequences. Supporting girls’ education is one of the single best investments that can be made to help end poverty.

Education transforms lives and this is why Plan launched its Because I am a Girl campaign on the first International Day of the Girl in 2012. This campaign supports four million girls to get the education, skills and support they need to move themselves from poverty to opportunity. For over 75 years Plan has been raising worldwide public awareness of the right to education and helped millions to reach their potential through its programmes.

We therefore call on the government of Nigeria to redouble its efforts to secure the immediate and unconditional release of all the girls and their safe return. Furthermore, we urge world governments and the international community to support the Nigerian government in tracing and reunifying the girls with their families and communities. We encourage all relevant bodies to clearly and wholeheartedly condemn these abductions as gross violations of international human rights law and welcome the UN Security Council’s action to that effect.”

Each country’s future is inextricably linked to the future of its children. These girls are the world’s children and to the government of Nigeria we say, please bring our girls safely back home.”