A sea of orange: Street Child distributes 23.000 schoolbags in Nigeria
Last week our incredible team in Nigeria were hard at work kitting out 23,000 brightly orange coloured school bags, complete with books, stationary and education materials, as part of our Right to Learn programme. These bags are now on their way to the thousands of children living in host communities and Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP) camps in the North East of the country, providing them with the basic education tools needed to continue their education.
The presence of the terrorist group Boko Haram and the subsequent conflict in North East Nigeria lead to millions of people fleeing their homes out of fear. These children and their families now reside in host communities and IDP camps where basic services are overstretched and under-resourced and where the children are deprived of the chance to go to school.
Since our arrival in North East Nigeria in late 2016, Street Child has worked to re-establish education for thousands of these children across the three North-eastern states in Nigeria which have been worst-impacted by the ongoing conflict. Operating through an integrated child protection and education approach, we continue to work with the community and provide clear support networks to make children feel safe and protected, and give them a chance to go to school and learn. Some of this work includes providing the children with the basic education tools they need, like these school bags, to encourage them to stay in school, even in the difficult, and sometimes insecure, circumstances they find themselves in.