Since May 2013, attacks by the Nigerian based militant group Boko Haram have intensified along the Cameroon’s northwest border resulting in the looting of villages, killing of innocent civilians as well as mass kidnappings, including of children. The deployment of Cameroonian and Chadian troops to Cameroon’s Far North region has thus far proved insufficient in containing cross-border raids carried out by Boko Haram, which has resulted in widespread internal displacement within the region. The increased presence of Boko Haram in the far north of Cameroon poses an immediate threat to the safety and security of students and education personnel in affected communities in the region.
In December 2014, UNICEF in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic Education (MINEDUB), carried out a rapid assessment in the 4 departments most affected by the insurgency of Boko Haram in the region of the Far North. This assessment The Impact of Boko Haram and Armed Conflict on Schooling in Cameroon’s Far North aims to provide education sector actors and stakeholders with accurate, reliable data on the impact of Boko Haram and the armed conflict on schooling and internal displacement, facilitating a more informed, coordinated sectoral response. Findings of the assessment focus on:
- Schools closure
- Schools hosting internally displaced students
- Host school infrastructure
- Primary barriers to school enrollment
- Inclusion of vulnerable groups in schooling
- Impact of the conflict on education personnel
- Priority actions facilitating access to schooling
The report presents recommendations for the MINEDUB, UN agencies and international partners, and for education sector donors.