Past eventResearch Event

Boko Haram Impacts on Education in North East Nigeria

26 May 2016 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Chatham House, London


Mausi Segun, Nigeria Researcher, Human Rights Watch
Ini Dele-Adedeji, Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS
Chair: Elizabeth Donnelly, Assistant Head and Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Low levels of education and literacy in Nigeria’s North East have been exacerbated by the Boko Haram insurgency. The group has targeted teachers and schools, with more than 910 schools destroyed between 2009 and 2015, and 1,500 forced to close. In addition, government security forces have also used schools for military purposes, further reducing children’s right to education.

At this event, which will discuss Human Rights Watch’s latest report, They Set the Classrooms on Fire: Attacks on Education in Northeast Nigeria, speakers will examine the effects of these attacks on children and on the future development of the region. They will also outline how international partners can work with the government in Nigeria to protect the right of citizens to education.