A non-governmental organisation known as the Nigeria Northern Education Initiative (NEI), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has said that about 65.5 per cent of girls in the North-east region of Nigeria lack access to basic education. This was disclosed by an education expert, Hajiya Bintu Abba Ibrahim, during a public presentation of gender assessment findings on basic education and living conditions of orphans and vulnerable children organised by Bauchi State Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development in collaboration with NEI in Bauchi yesterday. Ibrahim explained that the percentage of boys in primary school in the region was 49 per cent while that of the girls was 37.1. The education expert, who disclosed that Nigeria had 17.5 million orphan and vulnerable children, advocated for their basic rights such as access to education, fundamental human rights for boys and girls and improved standard of living. She said: “the need for the education of the girl child, especially in the North-east region where the literacy level is very low, cannot be over-emphasized”. Ibrahim attributed religion and gender sentiments as factors militating against girl-child education and called on stakeholders to support education of less privileged children in the communities, especially girls.