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​"In 2011, 57 million children of primary school age were out of school"


"1.7 million additional teachers are needed to deliver universal primary education by 2015"


"250 million children could be failing to read or write by the time they should reach grade 4"


"Around 28% of children under five suffered from stunting, and less than half the world's children receive pre-primary education"


"775 million adults are illiterate, two-thirds of whom are women"


"Four out of ten children enrolling in primary school in sub-Saharan Africa drop out before making it to the last grade" 


Statistics from UNESCO Education For All Global Monitoring Report 2012 and UNESCO Institute for Statistics

Although Nigeria has had a National Policy on Education since 1981, it has not been implemented effectively and efficiently due to rapid population growth, insufficient political will, a long period of undemocratic governance, and poor management of scarce resources.  Women and girls have been most affected by these negative factors.

Barriers to Girls’ Education
Poverty is the key problem to girls’ education. Lack of awareness compounded by religious misinterpretation. Poor supply of teachers, especially female teachers or girl-friendly learning environment. Many schools in Northern Nigeria lack essential facilities and materials, including toilets,water points and books. Nigeria has over 10.5 million children out of school.

40 million illiterate adults
Illiteracy is a major concern in Nigeria, one of the world's most populous countries with an estimated population of over 180 million people. Some 40 million adults are illiterate and the overall literacy rate is close to 57 %. In addition, some 10.5 million children are out of school. The need for literacy classes is hence huge. Today, only 500.000 are enrolled in adult literacy classes, which is equivalent to 1 out of 80 illiterate.

Nigeria is located on the west coast of Africa and is the most populous country in Africa, has 131.8 million people and more than 500 ethnic groups of which the three largest are the Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean. It is about the same size as California, Nevada and Utah combined. Nigeria is diverse in people and culture. The history of the country goes back to 500 BC when the Nok people were the inhabitants. The British colonized Nigeria in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, setting up administrative structures and law while recognizing traditional chiefs. Nigeria became independent in 1960.

Global Education Facts

About Nigeria

Literacy in Nigeria.