Nigeria: Many schools in northeast reopen despite fear of attacks

| December 7, 2015

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Hundreds of schools in northeast Nigeria have reopened for the first time in 18 months. But many teachers and pupils are reluctant to return because of persistent violence, the United Nations said last week.

Some schools in Adamawa and Borno states are doubling the number of classes they offer. They are aiming to provide education for those uprooted by the conflict as well as local children, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Toby Lanzer is a UN Assistant Secretary-General and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel. He says, “Prioritizing education is absolutely essential if we are to avoid losing the next generation to more poverty, hopelessness, and the risk of radicalization.”

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