Over 3,000 out-of-school children in Benue IDP camps being taught under trees: Unicef

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pledged a learning centre for over 3000 out-of- school children at the Ukpam Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camp in Guma LGA, Benue.

UNICEF Chief Field Officer, Ibrahim Conteh, stated this on Saturday in Ukpam while fielding questions from journalists after a monitoring visit of the two IDP camps at Daudu and Ukpam, in Guma LGA. 

Mr Conteh, who regretted the absence of a school structure to accommodate the children at the camp, said without education and basic learning materials, the future of the children would be bleak.

He assured that UNICEF would collaborate with the state government and other stakeholders to ensure the construction of a structure for the children.

He said there were gaps in the provision of all basic services at the camps, but that those that were of prime concern to Unicef was education, health and sanitation.

He regretted that at the moment the children at the IDP camps were being taught under trees.


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