Africa’s young voices must be heard

Only 57% of African children are enrolled in primary education and one in three of those children do not complete school. Children need a fair start, a chance to thrive, learn and experience a better life.

In my advocacy for every child to get into school and learning, I met a young marginalised girl (we’re pictured above) who shared her story with me on why she is not in school and her desire to be educated. Africa’s young voices must not be ignored, they must be heard.

My name is Ubaida Suleiman, I am 16 years old and from Zaria in Kaduna State, Nigeria. I have never attended primary school due to financial challenges.

I have a passion to get into school and learn like every other child who is in school and educated, but no opportunities have come my way. I am from a poor background and my parents can’t afford to send me and my siblings to school.

I believe the future is bright and I am hopeful to become a medical doctor when I finally obtain an education.

I am standing #UpForSchool with the millions of children who are out of school in Nigeria and globally. I want to also thank A World at School Global Youth Ambassador Joy for giving me the privilege to share my story with the world. Thank you!