Parenting in Nigeria

Violence and malnutrition hit children in Nigeria. More than 7 million people, 4.2 million of whom are children, need humanitarian aid The conflict in Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin leaves a trail of children trapped between violence and bombs. Children forced to commit suicide attacks or used as servants. Women and girls kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery or to be wives of the high command of Boko Haram. Children without the most basic things to live on: without food, water, medical care… Children who cannot go to school and play, who have lost their family or have had to flee their homes. This shows us how very few children have access to a quiet life, we must bear this in mind regarding the upbringing guidelines of this country.

1 in 3 boys and girls cannot go to school, because they are destroyed, because they are used by armed groups, because they become the makeshift shelter for the displaced or because they are simply not safe. In the northeast of the country alone there are more than 310,000 children with acute malnutrition. Hostilities between armed groups and security forces have affected 7.7 million children and their families, and displaced 1.8 million. Also many boys and girls grow up without their parents, they are taken to care and attention centers.

First, the Nigerian Constitution explicitly recognizes the right to education. However, the status of this right is immediately limited by Section 6, which renders Chapter II non-justiciable. All the rights enshrined in Chapter II have been described by a Nigerian higher court as discretionary, leading critics to argue that such discretion leads to irresponsibility and corruption. However, at the federal level, the CRA states that «all children have the right to a free, compulsory and universal basic education,» which is the government’s obligation to provide. To further support this right, the CRA also guarantees the right of pregnant girls to resume their education after childbirth and penalizes parents / guardians for failing to ensure that their children complete lower secondary education. We must bear in mind that the situation in the country and in some sectors of the country does not allow parents to fully follow what the law says, since they may not have the resources or they may not be allowed.

If you want to support these populations to get ahead, we want to remind them that UNICEF has very nice support programs in which they provide psychological support, comprehensive protection, help children who have been separated from their families, children who are struggling with malnutrition and those who need medical and sanitary attention.

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