To mark 100 days of captivity for Chibok girls, UN calls for safer schools

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A call for international support for safe schools across Nigeria has been made to mark the 100 days of captivity for the Chibok girls.

Some 200 school girls from Chibok, Nigeria are still being forcefully held by the Boko Haram terrorist group since 15 April.

The UN Envoy for education, Gordon Brown, made the appeal on Wednesday, as he also pledged to rebuild the girls' school.

Mr Brown started his term as envoy this July.

Girls rights should be taken seriously, he said, and they should have the right to be at school free from intimidation and violence.

The Safe Schools Initiative is a fund set up to pilot 500 safe schools in northern Nigeria.

Partners in this initiative are the Nigerian government, businesses and international community.

Twenty-three million dollars have been raised so far.

Vigils will also be held in several African countries as well as in Pakistan, India and across the world.

The UN Secretary-General has given these vigils his full support while reiterating his call for the immediate release of the schoolgirls.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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