Artist Statement:

The state of education chronicles the lives of northeastern Nigerian school children. UNICEF reports that in three affected north-eastern Nigeria states - Borno, Yobe, Adamawa - 2.8 million children are in need of education-in-emergencies support.  

Nigeria has  over 10.5 million out-of-school children, majority reside in the northeast and 60 per cent are girls. Some of these children are coveted child-beggar (Almajiri) prone to violent extremism; their peers enrolled in public schools are presented with a subpar standard of education.  

At least 802 schools in the aforementioned states remain closed and 497 classrooms are listed as destroyed, with another 1,392 damaged but repairable.

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