Lecture Mausi Segun 'Attacks on Education in Nigeria'
- 20 April 2016
2511 VA The Hague
- Auditorium (A0.06)
On the 20th of April Human Rights Watch’s Nigeria researcher Mausi Segun is in the Netherlands and will present her new report on Attacks on Education in northeast Nigeria at Faculty of Governance and Global Afairs.
Segun has conducted field investigations in several parts of northern Nigeria, authored numerous articles and dispatches on the cycles of violence in Nigeria, the humanitarian crisis, the abduction of girls and women and violations committed by both Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.
17:15 - 18.15 Lecture with a Q&A
During the past 10 years schools and universities have been used for military purposes in at least over 34 countries in the world, often in situations of armed conflict. Occupying a school can turn it into a legitimate military target, and usually makes the safe continuation of education for children impossible. The right to education means little if students cannot safety attend school, but that is the reality for many children living in conflict zones worldwide.
Mausi Segun interviewed Hassan, one of the individuals whose story Human Rights Watch’s current #WatchOurSchools campaign highlights. Hassan lost his legs in a suicide attack by Boko Haram during his school assembly in northern Nigeria. Watch the film clip, read his story & meet Hassan.
Nigeria: Attacks on Education
The state of education, which was dire in Nigeria even before the emergence of Boko Haram, has deteriorated sharply since Boko Haram began its attacks. Before the onset of the Boko Haram conflict, some 6.8 million children were out of school in northern Nigeria, with the northeast contributing more than 60 percent of that number. The situation has dramatically worsened, with an additional 800,000 children thrown out of school in the three most-affected northeast states, either because the government has closed the schools or because they are too fearful to attend.
Children displaced by the conflict rarely have access to education in the displacement camps or other locations where they seek safety. This leaves children with few prospects for the future and, in the worst cases, provided fertile ground for recruitment by both Boko Haram and abusive local defense vigilante groups. Government forces have exacerbated the problem, by killing teachers suspected to be Boko Haram members, and using the schools as military barracks or setting up military camps in close proximity to schools.
Save the date:
On the 26th of May from 16:00 – 18:30 hrs. Human Rights Watch and Leiden University will make the one-year anniversary of the Dutch endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration. With this declaration the Netherlands committed themselves to implement Guidelines that will better protect schools and universities in conflict areas. International experts on this topic and Dutch government representatives will speak on the subject during a one-hour programme, followed by networking drinks.