According to UNICEF, about 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school while primary education is free and compulsory. Slums across the world have the largest concentration of children and this include Nigeria. Therefore this kingdom cannot be exempted from this social challenge. It is reported that in Nigeria only about 61% of 6-11 years old regularly attend primary school while only 35.6% of children aged 36 – 59 months receive early childhood education.
The past few years have seen government at both the State and Local Government levels working towards the improvement of schools infrastructure by building new schools, renovating existing schools and classrooms with the objective to encouraging both primary and secondary school enrolment. There are also private schools scattered all over the kingdom to complement the public schools.
Despite these initiatives, there are a number of children who are still not enrolled in school as a result of poverty, most school also lack social infrastructure such as sports ground with basic facilities which are supposed to impact pupils/students behaviour. Therefore it is important that basic sporting facilities are put in place to make learning fun and also attract more children to school.
Modern classrooms with state of the art teaching materials in line with global best practices will produce children who can compete favourably with their peers internationally. His Royal Majesty is partnering government at all levels, including the international community to achieve this feat. This he believes will ameliorate crime, poverty, over population and
other social challenges in his kingdom.