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    PHOTOS: School children involved in child labour

PHOTOS: School children involved in child labour

BY ADEMOLA AKINLABIWith a figure of 10.5 million, Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world, according to UNICEF.This may be underestimated as more children and parents are embracing informal education due to unemployment.Some out- of- school children are into petty trading activities to support their family, while others drop out due to broken homes.Below are some [...]

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    Unrealistic expectations for some preschoolers

Unrealistic expectations for some preschoolers

The trend is worrisome and is prevalent in several high paying private schools in Nigeria. Children as young as two are given academic year goals that require rigorous concentration, a skill that is absolutely alien to them.In one school, children, ages 2-3, were expected to know and write the numbers one through to 30 after the completion of a class [...]

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    Child abuse ‘largely unreported’ in Nigeria

Child abuse ‘largely unreported’ in Nigeria

“My friend has been abusing his younger cousin,” Isaac Raputa (not real name), narrates to this reporter.“He beats this boy, applies pepper on his body and even his private parts. He beats him over every little mistake the boy or the abuser’s children make,”Raputa continues.He appears distraught himself, nearly helpless, “honestly, I don’t what to do because the abuser is [...]

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    How to develop reading culture in children

How to develop reading culture in children

Over 250 million children, worldwide, do not have the basic literacy skill. And in Nigeria, the statistics are as worrying, over four in 10 children in government primary schools cannot read and worse, over up to eight out 10 are unable to read for comprehension.Literacy, according to UNESCO, “is a driver for sustainable development in that it enables greater participation [...]

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    VIDEO: How UNICEF malnutrition programme is saving lives in northern Nigeria

VIDEO: How UNICEF malnutrition programme is saving lives in northern Nigeria

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says its management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programme has proven effective.Through the community-based programme, UNICEF says malnourishment may be coming to an end in Nigeria.According to UNICEF, 2.5 million Nigerian children currently suffer severe acute malnutrition, with the majority living in northern Nigeria.In the five-minutes documentary shot in Kano, the agency explained how, through CMAM, it [...]

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    WHO approves new typhoid vaccine with ‘longer-lasting immunity’

WHO approves new typhoid vaccine with ‘longer-lasting immunity’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it has prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, which makes it eligible for procurement by United Nations agencies.In a statement released on the agency's website, WHO said the vaccine meets acceptable standards of quality and  safety"At the end of December 2017, WHO prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV®."Typhoid conjugate [...]

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    2017: A year like never before for infectious disease outbreaks in Nigeria

2017: A year like never before for infectious disease outbreaks in Nigeria

BY CHIKWE IHEKWEAZU In the year 2017, like never before, Nigeria was faced with several outbreaks - Cerebrospinal Meningitis, Lassa fever, Yellow fever, Cholera and most recently Monkeypox. There was definitely no quiet period for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) - the national public health agency with the responsibility of preventing, detecting and responding to disease outbreaks. From one [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: How Ondo community was left at the mercy of the sea after N6.2bn shore protection contract

INVESTIGATION: How Ondo community was left at the mercy of the sea after N6.2bn shore protection contract

On December 15, 2004, four years after the establishment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the shore protection works for Ayetoro, a coastal community in Ilaje local government area of Ondo state, designed with a geotube technology which is the first of its kind in Africa, was awarded by the commission but later re-awarded in 2009 after the project [...]

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    TRIBUTE: Remembering Calestous Juma

TRIBUTE: Remembering Calestous Juma

Juma’s work ranged in scale from the global to the very local. It was his work on the interaction of biodiversity, biotechnology, and development that first brought him to international prominence, said his colleague Bill Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development. He wrote the influential book, “The Gene Hunters,” helped give rise to the [...]

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    TOS Foundation feeds 1,000 orphans and IDPs

TOS Foundation feeds 1,000 orphans and IDPs

The Osasu Show (TOS) Foundation, a non-government organization, on Saturday hosted a Christmas party for over 1000 internally displaced persons and orphans at the Riverplate park, Wuse 2, Abuja. The foundation is focused on improving the welfare and livelihood of the women and children through capacity building, education scholarships and start-up capital.The event is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of The Osasu Show, aiming to improve the lives of the less [...]

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