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23 million Child Brides: Nigeria ranks 2nd in the World for Early Child Marriages — UNICEF

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Nigeria has the world’s highest number of out-of-school children; more than 10.5 million Nigerian children are not in school.

  • UNICEF says Nigeria is 2nd in the world in child marriage
  • Nigeria has 23m child brides, second in the world – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said 23million Nigerian children are married off as child brides, and as a result, they drop out of school. The agency said Nigeria is the second largest in the world.

UNICEF made the disclosure, yesterday, at a programme it jointly organised with Bauchi State Universal Basic Education to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC) in Bauchi.

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Bhanu Pathak, UNICEF’s Chief of Field Office (CFO) in Nigeria said this on Saturday, November 9 2019, in Bauchi State at a Youth Talk ceremony organised to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Pathak said,

“Too many Nigerian children and young people are being left behind, especially when it comes to education.

“Nigeria has the world’s highest number of out-of-school children; more than 10.5 million Nigerian children are not in school.

“Nigeria also has the second largest number of child brides in the world with 23 million girls and women married as children, and as such, ending their education.”

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Pathak stresses UNCEF’s resolve to foster a stronger partnership with the Nigerian government both at the federal and state levels for the realisation of children’s rights.

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