In recent months, attacks on students in Nigeria, especially girls, have increased. Without the promise of safety, many students may avoid attending school, exacerbating inequality and forming what Nigerian youth education advocate Ojonwa Miachi calls a “foundation for more conflict and violence.”
Enter your information to sign Miachi’s petition to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the Inspector General of the Nigeria National Police demanding action to keep Nigerian girls safe in school.
Photo Credit: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters
Photo Credit: Women react during a protest demanding security forces to search harder for 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants two weeks ago, outside Nigeria's parliament in Abuja April 30, 2014. Scores of suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed an all-girls secondary school in the village of Chibok, in Borno state, on April 14, packing the teenagers onto trucks and disappearing into a remote, hilly area along the Cameroon border.
To: Secretary of State John Kerry, Inspector General, Nigeria National Police
We stand together as concerned people demanding that girls be protected at all costs when in school. We ask Secretary Kerry to level pressure on the Nigeria National Police and other security agencies to ensure that the protection of schools is a top priority: This will help make certain that no child is left behind, especially girls in conflict-affected areas such as northeast Nigeria.
We therefore urge you to do everything you can to ensure that Nigerian officials:
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Thanks to all of you, we have reached our goal!