Girls’ Education in Nigeria

Despite being one of the leading economies in Africa, Nigeria has more girls out of school than any other country.
In 2008, approximately 10.1 million children were out-of-school in the basic education system. This excludes the number of those that were out of secondary school in the same year.
In 2015, 32% of 15-23 year old girls lacked basic literacy skills, compared with 23% of boys the same age.
According to the Nigerian Universal Basic Education Act, every child should receive nine years of free education. But the act does not cover the final three years of secondary education students needs to thrive and build a better future for their families, communities and country.
Furthermore, indirect costs and unofficial fees still keep many girls from completing the first nine years of school, making a costly secondary education even more unattainable.