Impact of the Boko Haram Insurgency on the Child's Right to Education in Nigeria

Authors

  • Aisosa Jennifer Isokpan University of the Western Cape
  • Ebenezer Durojaye Dullar Omar Institute, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2016/v19i0a1299

Keywords:

Armed conflict, insurgency, Boko Haram, children’s rights, education, humanitarian assistance, internally displaced persons, counter-insurgency, civilian joint task force(CJTF).

Abstract

This paper is focused on the impact of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria on the child’s right to education. The impact of armed conflict on the child’s right to education is discussed in the coIntext of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. The article concludes by assessing how the Nigerian government, in line with its obligations under international law, has lived up to its obligations to ensure the realization of the child’s right to education in the face of the insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country. Concrete recommendations are made to the Nigerian government with regard to addressing the impact of the insurgency on the rights of the child.

 

 

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Author Biographies

Aisosa Jennifer Isokpan, University of the Western Cape

LL.B  (University of Benin, Nigeria) Graduate Lecturing Assistant, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa; 3508033@myuwc.ac.za

Ebenezer Durojaye, Dullar Omar Institute, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape

LL.B (Lagos), LLM LLD (Free State); Project head and senior researcher, Socio-economic Rights Project, Dullar Omar Institute, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town South Africa

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List of Abbreviations

ACRWC African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

AP1 And AP2 Additional Protocols of 1977

CFRN 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999

CJTF Civilian Joint Task Force

CRC Convention on the Rights of the Child

CRA 2003 Childs Rights Act 2003

EFA Education for All

GCIV 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention 1949

ICESCR International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights

IDPs Internally Displaced Persons

JTF Joint Task Force

MDG Millennium Development Goals

MRM Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism

NDHS Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey

NPE National Policy on Education

OHCHR United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

OOSC Out-of School-Children

PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

SUBEB State Universal Basic Education Board

UBE Universal Basic Education

UBE Act Compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Act

UN United Nations

UNSC United Nations Security Council

UNICEF United Nation Children’s Emergency Fund

UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation

Published

2017-05-17

How to Cite

Isokpan, A. J., & Durojaye, E. (2017). Impact of the Boko Haram Insurgency on the Child’s Right to Education in Nigeria. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 19, 1–43. https://doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2016/v19i0a1299

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