Boko Haram has killed over 600 teachers and displaced more than 19,000 others in the Lake Chad region, Nigeria.
The United Nations Children’s Funds, UNCEF, has said that the agency is targeting 158,900 children to benefit from the training program, which will run until the end of the year.
Schools are particularly vulnerable to bombings and attacks by the terrorist group, the statement said.
It further said that Boko Haram has killed more than 600 teachers and forced over 1,200 schools to close during its eight-year insurgency in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
“Three years ago, the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the jihadist group in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria sparked global outrage.”
Patrick Rose, spokesman of the UNICEF, said, “Some of the plans include appointing student leaders, designating assembly points and practicing emergency evacuation techniques. Some 1,600 teachers have been trained so far.”
Nigeria has been at war with Boko Haram, a terrorist group which launched militancy in Borno State about eight years ago. At least 20,000 people have been killed by the terrorist group while the violence has displaced over 2.7 million others.
The group, whose name means “Western education is forbidden,” pledged allegiance to the ISIS (Daesh) terrorist group two years ago.