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Northeast children desperate for education ruined by Boko Haram

Displaced from Gwoza, Borno, these pupils learn under trees on an IDP camp in Abuja

The charity Save the Children says children as old as 15 are flooding into its facilities for pre-school children in a “desperate effort” to learn in the north east.

“This desperate quest for education reflects the hunger of children for knowledge that is not being met, which is heart-breaking” said Ben Foot, country director for Save the Children Nigeria.

“This insurgency is based on an ideology that western education is evil and that children, teachers and schools are all legitimate targets,” he added.

Education crisis in the region has worsened after more than seven years of conflict. It is considered the worst, and humanitarian need in the region the fourth worst.

Some 1,200 schools have been damaged or destroyed in the conflict. At least 611 teachers have been reported murdered, and another 19,000 displaced, says the charity.

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