Malala wants state of emergency on education in Nigeria

Malala wants state of emergency on education in Nigeria

Malala wants state of emergency on education in Nigeria

As reported by Reuters, Africa's most populous country has some 10 million children of school age who do not attend government figures state.

Child rights activist and Nobel Prize victor, Malala Yousafzai has urged acting President Yemi Osinbajo to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.

The 20-year-old global education campaigner made the suggestion at a meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa in Abuja.

The young female activist survived gunshots on her head by the Taliban for campaigning for girl-child education in Pakistan.

According to her:: "I met the acting president of Nigeria, and the goal of the meeting was to highlight that the government on the local level, on the state and on the national level must be united in the fight for education".

Yousafzai, who was shot and almost killed by the Taliban in 2012 for insisting girls should go to school, told reporters: "I highlighted a few issues".

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She had also called on the worldwide community to assist Nigeria and Africa in ensuring that schoolchildren get quality education and urged governments across the continent to increase funding for education.

Malala last visited Nigeria in 2014 shortly Boko Haram terrorists abducted some schoolgirls in Chibok community of Borno State when she joined hundreds of people and groups to condemn the act.

On a previous visit to Nigeria in July 2014, she urged the then-president Goodluck Jonathan to meet the girls´ parents.

She is a co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Yousafzai said she was "very happy" to see some of the girls, who are staying at a government-run facility in Abuja. She said she is happy the girls are back with their families and continuing their education.

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