Seventy-five per cent of Nigerian children between the ages of seven and 14 are reportedly incapable of reading a single sentence or even resolving a simple math problem, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
This was stated in a statement made on Tuesday to commemorate the 2018 International Day of Education by Cristian Munduate, a UNICEF official in Nigeria.
In addition, Munduate asked the presidential candidates to make education one of their top objectives before the polls.
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On this International Day of Education, Munduate urged people to “invest in people, prioritize education,” and follow through on the pledges made by President Muhammadu Buhari at the UN Secretary General’s Transforming Education Summit in September 2022 to end the world’s learning crisis.
“In Nigeria, 75% of 7 to 14-year-old youngsters are unable to read a simple sentence or work out a simple math problem.” Children must be able to learn to read throughout the first three years of school in order for them to be able to read to learn.
As the presidential election in Nigeria approaches, I urge all candidates to make proper investments in education a major priority in their platforms on behalf of UNICEF and the children of Nigeria.