…We’re producing a generation of illiterate children – Alarmed Benue govt

Benue State is currently home to over 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, who are holed-up and scattered in various camps and host communities in parts of the state with children accounting for close to 50 per cent of that figure.

According to findings, over 80 per cent of the displaced children were at various levels of schooling in their respective communities when they were sacked from their ancestral homes by marauding herdsmen.

The implication is that aside from being chased out of their homes, these children were forced out of school after fleeing with their parents and guardians from the communities and taking refuge in IDP camps and host communities.

Consequently, from January of 2018 till date, the majority of these children have had to live in IDP camps, idling away without any form of schooling after their education was truncated by the invaders.

Though the state government, with the support of its partners, has had to provide temporary learning arrangements for the displaced children in some of the camps including that of Abagena in the outskirts of Makurdi and the Shelter Camp in Daudu, Guma Local Government Area, LGA.That intervention, though laudable, has not been able to tackle the gaps that have been created in the lives of these children.

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