The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, says there are about 11 million out-of-school children in Northeast Nigeria due to the destructive activities of the Boko Haram terrorists.
The former prime minister of England stated that the United Nations are putting in place plans to intervene in the situation. He explained that the commission was providing more funds to help move the Nigerian education system forward.
According to him, there were already talks between the commission and the acting president of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo and that strategies were being put in place to secure global funds to address the education challenges confronting the northeast.
Mr Brown further lauded Nigeria’s initiative of the Safe Schools Initiative launched in April 2014 and said the initiative was something other countries could adopt.
Brown said ground-breaking International Finance Facility for Education could make it possible to fully finance universal education by 2020 and unlock Sustainable Development Goals.
The former prime minister commended the UN and the international donors and partners for efforts to raise multilateral education aid to low-income countries from current $1.6 billion to over $4 billion a year by 2020.