By Maryam Garba Hassan
UNESCO’s recent report has indicated that the amount of aid to basic education going to Nigeria has reduced by 26 million from 2010 to 2012 which stands at 34%, despite the country having the most children out of school in the world.
The report further said that aid to education globally has also gone down by 10% since the year 2010.
The new figures released by UNESCO’s Education For All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report, ahead of the Global Partnership for Education’s Replenishment Pledging Conference in Brussels, coming up between 25-26 June, at which donors will be asked to help raise a much-needed US$3.5 billion for education in the poorest countries.
The report stated that decline fell by over 6% between 2010 and 2011, and a further 3% in 2012 adding that basic education which enables children to acquire foundational skills and core knowledge is now receiving the same amount of aid as it was in 2008.
It added that the decline in the aid to the sector is coming one year before the deadline for achieving the global ‘Education for All’ goals and when 57 million children and 69 million adolescents are still out of school.