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VIDEO: Inside IDP camp where 130 children are locked out of classrooms

VIDEO: Inside IDP camp where 130 children are locked out of classrooms
July 31
14:47 2019

At a corner of the federal capital territory (FCT) is an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp housing more than 1,500 persons.

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The victims were forced to flee their homes in the north-east following attacks by Boko Haram insurgents.

Unlike many of such camps across the country, the resilience of the IDPs pushed them to start making provision for the education of the children. In 2015, the kids had started receiving daily tutoring from five teachers, including three volunteers, who visited during the week.

Studies in the classrooms built by youth corps members went on fine until 2018 when things started to fall apart; the volunteer teachers stopped coming as a result of “lack of motivation”, text books became hard to get while money for various needs — including snacks being fed the pupils during break time — fizzled out.

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Presently, at least 130 of the kids are still locked out of their classrooms and no help seems to be coming their way, with the education they desperately seek seeming more elusive by the day.

TheCable visited the camp and spoke with some of the IDPs in the video below:

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