NIAMEY, NIGER —
Greater than 20 youngsters have been killed and dozens extra injured when a fireplace swept by means of a college in Niger’s second-largest metropolis, Maradi.
Three school rooms manufactured from straw have been consumed by the hearth on the pre-school and first faculty known as `AFN’, taking the lives of the youngsters aged between 3 and eight, the federal government mentioned late Monday.
An investigation has been launched to find out the reason for the hearth and the place it began, the Regional Route of Nationwide Schooling confirmed.
Straw huts are sometimes used as non permanent school rooms in overcrowded faculties in Niger in West Africa.
In April a fireplace fueled by excessive winds burned by means of an elementary faculty on the outskirts of Niger’s capital, Niamey, killing 20 youngsters.
Lecturers and oldsters have mentioned that the deaths spotlight the hazards of the non permanent school rooms.
“Our hearts are with the youngsters and households affected. Our most honest condolences to the households of the victims and their communities,” UNICEF’s consultant in Niger Stefano Savi mentioned in a press release.
“No baby ought to ever be in peril when studying at school,” he mentioned. “UNICEF will proceed to work with the nationwide authorities and companions throughout the nation to make sure that youngsters can attend faculty and study in secure environments.”