Nigeria missed Millenium Development Goal targets on universal primary education and gender parity in education. There are currently over 10.5 million children out of school, 60% of whom are girls. In addition, in 2011, there were 63,213,727 illiterate adults in the country.
Though education statistics have slightly improved, the net attendance ratio in primary schools stands at 61.6% for boys and 56.7% for girls. Literacy rates for 15–24 year olds are 80.2% for men and 52.8% for women.
The north east and north west of the country have the lowest literacy rates and reports indicate that less than 25% of school age children are in school in Zamfara, Kebbi and Borno states.
The last 6 years of insurgency has further compounded children’s access to school especially in the north east.
Plan International Nigeria's Bloom+ Life Skills proect trains adolescents aged 14-16 so they build life skills and can get good jobs. The project focuses on training girls and 80% of intake are female. So far, 375 adolescents have received training throught the project.