As a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, IDP Camps have become a last resort to so many people and more than 56 per cent of the displaced are children who are forced to stop school and Nigeria is in danger of losing a whole generation in the north to illiteracy
According to the 2018 UNICEF Nigeria Humanitarian Situation Report, there are over 6 million children in need of education in the IDP camps in Nigeria.
Children at the IDP camps face many barriers to education like; lack of instructional materials, shortage of teachers and volunteers, hunger, exploitation, poor health care, sexual abuse and lack of infrastructure.
KIR Foundation believes that no child should be left behind in accessing quality education. 16 year old Aisha in St Theresa’s IDP camp in Yola, had difficulty in reading and spelling because she did not have access to books. Aisha with the support of our implementing partner (Mentor for African Development Initiative) can now read and spell and wants to be an Engineer. We believe that by giving books to teenagers like Aisha and the 745 beneficiaries in the IDP camps that we support, we can help them achieve their dreams. Therefore, no matter the circumstance, children should be provided with books; so that they can keep their dreams alive, succeed in getting an education and reach their fullest potentials.
To commemorate the World Book Day, KIR Foundation has collaborated with our implementing partner; Mentor for African Development Initiative to provide 586 books (Storybooks and Educational books) to St. Theresa’s IDP camp in Yola, Adamawa State and Daudu camp in Makurdi, Benue State. We believe we can inspire change in the children in the IDP camps through learning.