For the continuation of the 2021/2022 academic session in Nigeria, the schools are starting to open. Still, many children from the northern Nigeria region are not happy with the reopening of the schools. And the prominent reason for its is the trauma from mass abductions.
Stakeholders are already in fear of the security of learners and teachers. And according to the data of UNICEF, in 2018, more than 600,000 children were unable to get an education. And the loss of education access is happening due to the mass abductions. According to the reports, more than 2,295 teachers have lost their lives, and 1,400 schools have been looted and destroyed.
The crisis with the Mass Abduction
The government is putting their efforts to secure the mass abductions of the children and protect schools. According to the organization, the mass abduction got more than 1000 students in the country for ransom. And most of them still are in the hands of kidnappers.
The mass abduction hits around 10.5 million students, and by this figure, many are not in favour of resuming the classes. According to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) statement, more than 100 schools in Nigeria were under attack between 2015 to 2019. And the increase in attacks between 2020-2021 forcefully insists the government close down many schools.
Recently the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) alerted everyone that more than 85% of the schools in Nigeria are in danger. Many bandits are planning to attack many schools, making the schools unsafe for the kids and worrying about the situation and the increasing mass abduction by armed bandits. The NSCDC plans ‘the Safe Schools Project’. And for ensuring safety in schools, they are also establishing many female squads of the corps.
The effect of Mass Abduction
Kids are in danger, and so is their education. And if education is in danger, then the entire generation is in trouble. Girls, women, children are going through a lot in such scenarios. They are experiencing many challenges during these times, such as physical and sexual abuse,gender-based violence, several attacks, etc.
So many children are left with no choice and stopping their education in fear. They will never come back to school again, and now their childhood dream is shattered away from their eyes.
The horrific events
Two weeks ago, the mass abduction of 73 students happened in Government Day Secondary School. And few days after that, around 100 pupils were free from Tanko Salihu Islamic school. These students got free after the three months of the mass abductions. Still, the most horrific thing about the current situation is that the 31 students of Bethel Baptist High School are not free. They are still in the hands of their kidnappers.
These children were kidnapped on July 5, 2021. And now, after 67 days, they are still not free. But the more concerning thing is that our leaders are total silent on all these events. The parents of those 31 kids have forgotten their sleep, and it’s still not understanding how their leaders are getting the sleep.
Currently, it is most important to get these students free before reopening the schools. Many parents are requesting to the government to prioritize the security of students and their teachers.
The insecurity of Nigeria at the current time is a matter of concern, not a joke. People living in their houses are not in safe. How can it be possible for them to send their children to school?