Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged Nigerians of affluence to support charity and humanitarian causes that will help to give formal education to out-of-school children.
Atiku, in a press statement by his media office in Abuja, expressed concern at the depressing statistics of Nigeria currently having the highest number of out-of-school children globally.
Atiku noted that the dire situation in education, the most critical tool for transforming individuals and spurring growth and development, called for a state of emergency in the sector.
He noted that government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility, stressing that the situation required Nigerians with means to support education charity initiatives such as the “Feed and Read” initiative of the American University of Nigeria (AUN).
According to him, the programme, initiated in 2015, was designed to provide a decent meal per day for vulnerable children in Yola, Adamawa state and at the same time give them exposure to classroom experience where they are taught Basic English, Arithmetic and hygiene.