Malala calls for a “state of emergency for education” in Nigeria

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai called for a “state of emergency for education” in Nigeria during her visit to the country, where she met with Chibok schoolgirls.

Ms Yousafazi, 20, met with acting president Yemi Osinbajo and discussed education in Nigeria, where around 10.5 million children do not attend school. Sixty per cent of them are girls, according to Unicef.

Many of the children reside in the northeast of the country, where the Boko Haram insurgency has devastated education in the last nine years.

Ms Yousafazai — who was shot by the Taliban in her home country Pakistan in 2012 for insisting girls should go to school — said that education was crucial.

“The first was to ask the government to declare a state of emergency for education because the education of the Nigerian girls and boys is really important,” she told reporters on Monday.

“The federal government, state government and local government should all be united for this. Secondly, the spending should be made public and thirdly, the Child Rights Act should be implemented in all states.”

Yousafzai said she was “very happy” to see some of the girls, who are staying at a government-run facility in Abuja.

“I’m really excited to see them going back to their homes and to their families and continuing their education,” she added.

“But I hope the other girls who are still under abduction of Boko Haram are released.”

* Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse

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