Boko Haram Killing Geography Teachers In Nigeria – Human Rights Watch Raises Alarm
April 13, 2016 – Boko Haram Killing Geography Teachers In Nigeria – Human Rights Watch Raises Alarm
A report released by the Human Rights Watch has revealed how Boko Haram is singling out Geography teachers in its campaign against Western education.
Teachers of the subject are being targeted because their lessons contradict Boko Haram’s worldview on how the earth was created.
The sect believes that the earth is flat rather than spherical, and that rainfall is caused not by evaporation but by God’s divine will.
The 86-page report titled: ‘They Set the Classrooms on Fire: Attacks on Education in Northeast Nigeria’, documents brutal assaults on schools, students, and teachers since 2009.
“Boko Haram insurgents have shown particular distaste for certain subjects like Geography and Science… Teachers of these subjects are targeted,” the report indicated.
One of such attacks took place at the Mafoni Government Day Secondary School, Maiduguri, in September 2012.
Gunmen had invaded the school, killing Anjili Mala, the Geography teacher.
A witness told Human Rights Watch that it was only Mala who was killed in the attack.
Based on interviews with more than 200 teachers, students, parents and school officials, the report also revealed that more than 910 schools have been destroyed, while at least 1,500 more have closed down