Borno to reopen schools despite Boko Haram

August 19, 2015

August 18, 201516:52NIGERIA 

Borno State authorities set up a panel of 13 experts assigned to reopen schools in this north-eastern area of Nigeria, closed for over a year due to the violence and attacks by the Islamist Boko Haram group.

According to Lagos’s Guardian newspaper, the panel will present an action plan to the government within the next three weeks. The decision will then be immediately applied, in an aim to reopen all schools across the state by the start of the next school year.

Among the main problems faced by the experts is the presence of over 175,000 internally displaced in the area, particularly in the areas of Maiduguri and Biu. Many school buildings were converted into shelters, so alternatives will need to be found for the displaced, in addition to the reregistration of their children into the local schools.