Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation continues to battle the scourge of insurgency, especially in its northeastern Borno State. Years back, the entire Muslim-dominated north was targeted by terrorists.

Government estimates indicate that there are at least 10 million young boys across Nigeria’s north who are sent out by parents and guardians to solicit for alms on the streets.

The country’s north suffers in the area of different social indicators like enrollment in school, child mortality and early marriages. Records show that attendance remains quite low in schools.

But a school in the region is trying to change the narrative. Here, young boys who would have otherwise fallen prey to Boko Haram recruits have found solace and put in a programme which is seen as a viable means of ensuring that youngsters are not lured by terror groups.

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