Nigeria government to give parents allowance to take kids to school

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Online image of a young girl in school in Born State, in North East Nigeria
Online image of a young girl in school in Born State, in North East Nigeria

The government will start giving parents allowances to send their children to school in northeast Nigeria in efforts to fight the growing terrorism in the region.

Due to reports of parents in Borno State in North East Nigeria ‘donating’ their daughters to the Boko Haram insurgency, Nigerian authorities believe giving the parents allowances to take their children to school will kill that practice, according to a report by DW.

The new program – Conditional Cash transfer to Parents- will increase school enrolment and fight extremist ideology in the fight against the eight year insurgency.

“Over 800 schools in northeastern Nigeria have been damaged, burnt, looted or remain occupied by internally displaced persons (IDPs) who sought refuge inside the classrooms,” says DW.

Conflict, displacement, family separation and death has inflict the region due to the Boko Haram insurgency, the terrorist group also forbids formal education which they call western style education.

Parents of girls will receive a higher allowance than boys in a deliberate attempt to improve female education.

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