Nigeria has the highest number of children out of school in the world. Out of the 57 million youngsters worldwide; not receiving a formal education, more than 10 million live in Nigeria. This is rising.
The majority of non-attendees are girls, mainly in the majority-Muslim north. Of those fortunate enough to enrol, less than two-thirds complete primary school and even fewer girls finish secondary school.
In regions where women have a lower social status, many parents opt to send their girls to work in markets rather than to school. A lack of education vastly reduces a child’s chances of escaping poverty and has led to many girls becoming wives before their 16th birthday.
At a glance
200.85 million national population
49.6% female literacy rate
10.5 million children out of school
48% girls married before age 18
Our Work in Nigeria
We started working in Nigeria in 2013.
We work with 2 local projects in Nigeria.
We have directly impacted the lives of 1,651 young women.