NGOP0028-INTERVIEW WITH CHIKE IBEZIM (MILVISION FOUNDATION)
One in every five of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria. Even though primary education is officially free and compulsory, about 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are still not in school. Only 61 percent of 6-11 year-olds regularly attend primary school and only 35.6 percent of children aged 36-59 months receive early childhood education.
In the northern of the country, the picture is even bleaker, with a net attendance rate of 53 percent. Getting out-of-school children back to school poses a massive challenge.
We read in the newspaper, we listen in the news different figures about the total number of out of school children in Nigeria, – figures like, 10.2million, 13.5million, over 10million and lots more.
What baffles me is, Instead of amplifying the figures, what are actually doing to reduce the alarming figures.
Not waiting for the government but we as individuals, what are we doing to reduce the number.
- Have you ever thought of sending that little boy or little
girl roaming about in your environment back to school?
- Have you ever questioned that boy hawking on the street
during the school hour why he is not in school?
These are questions we as an individual, have to answer. With questions me and you as an individual has to answer
regarding out of school children in Nigeria, Don’t be surprised there are some people answering the questions and proffering solutions in their own little way.
With me on this episode is Chike Ibezim the founder of Mil Vision Foundation, an organization whose goal is to send out of school children in Nigeria back to school.