Is there an education crisis in Nigeria

Our work in Nigeria

How we help in Nigeria

With our program work in Nigeria, we are primarily facing the following challenges in the West African country: early marriage, child labor, female genital mutilation and youth unemployment. Protecting girls and boys from exploitation, abuse and harmful traditional practices is a particular focus of our work.

Awareness campaigns are intended to publicize the rights of children and equality between men and women, as these have not yet been enshrined in law in large parts of Nigeria. In addition, we will strengthen the voice of children in the Nigerian children's parliament.

The literacy rate in Nigeria, especially among women and girls, is very low. In the education sector, we therefore want to use our solutions to ensure that more girls go to school. In order to give young people better prospects for the future, we are working on vocational and income-generating measures.

We also implement strategies that promote the healthy development of girls and boys in Nigeria. The aim of our commitment is to sustainably improve the living conditions of girls and boys in Nigeria. We do not offer child sponsorship in Nigeria.

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Nigeria is located in West Africa on the Atlantic Ocean and is the most populous country in Africa. As a multi-ethnic state, it is home to more than 250 ethnic groups and 500 languages. A geographical feature of the country is the Niger Delta on the Gulf of Guinea, which, with an area of ​​over 70,000 square kilometers, is one of the largest river deltas on earth. In the coastal regions in the south of the country, the climate is tropical, the landscape is dominated by extensive mangrove forests. Inland, the tropical rainforests of the mountain regions join, which merge in the north of Nigeria into the savannah landscape of the dry and hot Sahel zone. Nigeria has very large oil and gas reserves.

Residents195.90 million (Germany [D]: 82.70 million)
Life expectancy54 years (D: 81 years)
Child mortality *120 per 1,000 (D: 4 per 1,000)
GNI per capita **5,086 USD (D: 47,640 US $)
Literacy rate ***Women 58%, men 76%
Land area923,768 km², (Germany: 357,050 km²)
National languagesEnglish (official language), Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo
religionIslam, Christianity, local beliefs

The history of the country

The cultural history of today's Nigeria can be traced back more than 2000 years. Numerous peoples established different kingdoms over the centuries. In the 15th century, the Portuguese settled on the Atlantic coast of what is now Nigeria to pursue the slave trade. In the mid-19th century, the British placed the country under their rule until Nigeria gained independence in 1960. The following decades were marked by civil wars, military dictatorships and coups until the country found a democratic constitution at the end of the 1990s.

The situation today

Nigeria has experienced high economic growth in recent years, primarily due to the production of crude oil. However, the country has so far not been able to use its rich resources to fight poverty due to corruption. So far, the oil wealth has only benefited a small elite. In addition, the ruthless oil production has damaged the landscape of the Niger Delta, in some cases severely. One of the largest mangrove forests on earth was destroyed. At the political level, the general living conditions, which are mainly characterized by poverty, illiteracy, violent crime, ethnic tensions and an ineffective judiciary, remain major challenges in Nigeria. Muhammadu Buhari has been the country's president since 2015.

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