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Boko Haram's Effect on Nigerian Students

Published Mar 26, 2018

Boko Haram. What is it? Who are they? Why have they developed a severe, agonizing strategy to target Nigeria's educational system? Understanding this militant Islamic group takes many forms because since its early existence (1990's), the group has performed various violent acts in order to represent their belief that Western education must be forbidden. Since 2002, 60 of Boko Haram's actions have been recorded - including their extensive kidnapping and abductions, assault towards police officers, attacks on various facilities including prisons and churches, and continuous threats to the state.

In 2014 when Boko Haram kidnapped 300 girls from a school in the town of Chibok, many of the secondary schools in the town were closed. More recently, 110 schoolgirls were abducted in the town of Dapchi which, evidently, shows the groups ongoing efforts and behaviours to present hatred towards "non-Islamic literacy." For the children in Nigeria, this means that if more and more schools in Nigeria are to close with the fear of being targeted or for being targeted, then their access to proper education becomes slim to none. Similarly, Nigeria's scarcity for state resources and substandard actions for allocating security forces creates the probability towards ceaseless attacks. In Nigeria, if a young girl does not attend school, she is expected to stay at home, become a wife and raise a family. As for the boys, they are exposed to more chances of becoming involved with crime, violence and terrorism; resulting in continuous poverty and insecurity.

Ultimately, Boko Haram's effects towards Nigerian students creates a heinous reality. Striking the Western education system puts both the school girls and boys at risk for a difficult, scarce, threatening and dangerous life. As a result, by considering the privation of education from this perspective, it gives awareness to the divergent existence of Nigerian students and the adverse environment they must face every day.

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Urge Nigeria President to do more to release the kidnapped school girls

Dear president @MBuhari, I join other concerned citizens to remind you that girls’ education is an important ingredient in national development. Please do more to release the girls kidnapped by insurgents. Thank you. 

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