Initiative for safe schools in Nigeria attracts over $23 million

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A view from a rally held in Lagos, calling for the return of the school girls. UN Photo

An initiative to ensure that schools are safe for children in Nigeria has attracted more than $23 million in funding, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special envoy for global education.

The announcement was made by on Wednesday as the UN remembered the more than 200 school girls who were abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram in the town of Chibok in northern Nigeria.

Stephane Dujarric is Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General.

"Today marks the fiftieth days since the school girls were abducted in Nigeria. The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, announced that the Safe Schools Initiative in Nigeria has attracted over $23 million in initial support to ensure that schools, particularly in the north, are protected from attack and measures are taken to improve the safety of education for girls and boys."(25")

Dujarric said the Special Envoy for Global Education will work with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to implement that programme.

He will also continue to work with the government to monitor the education situation and develop plans to ensure the 10.5 million children who do not attend school have safe spaces to learn.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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