One in ten children in Nigeria are classified as “vulnerable,” according to the Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs & Social Development (FMWASD). A child is classified as vulnerable if, because of the circumstances of birth or immediate environment, is prone to abuse or deprivation of basic needs, care and protection and thus disadvantaged relative to his or her peers. This makes Nigeria’s orphan and vulnerable children burden one of the highest in the world. A recent situation assessment and analysis conducted by the FMWASD found that approximately 80 per cent of these children were not attending school.
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