Nigeria Maintains Top Global Position In UNESCO’s Out-of-school Children’s Rating
NEW statistics by UNESCO shows that 57 million children were out of out of school in 2011; a drop of just two million from the year before.
This is coming as Nigeria maintains the highest ranking of greatest number of children out of school.
Though, there is no new data for out-of-school children for 2011 (the latest year) in Nigeria, in 2010, however, there were 10.5 million children out of school – the highest number for any country in the world. The second bottom country for out-of-school children in the same period, 2011, is Pakistan with 5.4 million out of school.
Using the 2010 out-of-school figures, UNESCO claims that Nigeria would be home for almost a fifth of the world’s out-of-school children -18 per cent.
But despite being well at the bottom of the list, the amount of aid to basic education the country received in 2011 was more than a quarter (28 percent) lower than it received in 2010. Nigeria is in the top 10 countries for the largest decrease in aid from 2010-2011.
In 2012, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) estimated that 61 million children of primary school age were out of school in 2010. In 2013, UIS revised its estimate for 2010 to 59 million children out-of-school. The difference between the estimates published in 2012 and 2013, according to the UIS, is due to the availability of new national data.