”For almost three years, things have not actually been interesting because we have not been going to school. We were really sad about it, but there was nothing we could do,” Abdulkadir said. Abdulkadir is the eldest child of his parents. He had been spending his days working as a tailor, “I am excited because I will go and start learning new things,” he said.
Boarding schools across Nigeria’s Borno state reopened Oct. 10 after being closed for more than two years because of the Boko Haram insurgency. Most of the boarding schools in Maiduguri had been converted into camps for the internally displaced.
Recently, the state education commissioner, Inuwa Kubo, announced it was time to reopen the schools. “Now that peace has gradually returned and we have relocated all these IDPs [internally displaced persons] in the schools, we are going to reopen on the 10th of October,” he said.
The United Nations says Nigeria has the world’s largest number of school-age children who are not in class — approximately 10.5 million. Boko Haram’s insurgency is partly to blame. The Borno state government had closed all secondary schools after the infamous abduction of female pupils on the night of April 14, 2014.
The teachers say they are excited to welcome back their students. The students will pick up exactly where they left off. Those who perform well on an assessment exam will advance to the next level. All the schools were renovated last month. The government fumigated the buildings and bought new materials.