Aboard the papal plane, 08 July, 2021 / 10:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization that works in areas experiencing religious persecution, has faulted closure of schools in Nigeria, most of them Christian educational facilities in the wake of attacks and abductions that target learning institutions in Kaduna State, in Northern Nigeria.
In a Thursday, July 8 report, the CEO of CSW, Scot Bower says that closure of schools is a short-term solution to a complicated crisis.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Kaduna state, who continue to bear the brunt of a critical security failure,” Mr. Bower says.
He adds, “The closures and withdrawal of children from educational facilities is a desperate measure, giving the unfortunate impression of an inability to address a situation that has been allowed to spiral inexorably. This decision is likely to hurt the education and future prospects of the students concerned, while merely offering a short-term solution to a phenomenon which is part of a statewide crisis requiring a comprehensive response.”
The Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority has ordered the closures of 13 schools, most of which belong to Christian denominations or organizations, which it has identified as being “vulnerable.”