South Saharan Social Development Organization (SSDO)

North East Education Support Project (NESP)

Equal opportunity in education

The NESP is an Education in Emergencies intervention (EiE) that addresses the exclusion of children from quality basic education opportunities in North East Nigeria

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South Saharan Social Development Organization (SSDO)

Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria

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Project Summary

The NESP addresses the problem of exclusion in education that limits access to quality education for the significant population of out-of-school children, especially the Almajiris, in Northern Nigeria. Factors contributing to this exclusion include: poor investment in education; weak education infrastructure, limited supply of qualified teachers; cultural barriers that limited education opportunities for the girl child; and weak pedagogy that addresses the varying learning needs of children.Our solution involves the use of the radio to deliver 21st century curriculum-based lessons to students and the creation of inclusive neighbourhood spaces (INS) and non-formal learning centers (NFLC) to reduce the education exclusion of vulnerable and marginalized children in Northern Nigeria.The NESP will contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty and exclusion in Northern Nigeria through the provision of equitable and inclusive education opportunities for vulnerable and marginalized children, especially poor children and children suffering from varying levels of disability.

Problem Statement

The NESP will address the barriers that exclude many children from access to quality basic education in Northern Nigeria. In addition to having the highest number of out-of-school children in the world, violent conflicts in the region contribute to denying children access to quality basic education that creates the foundation for them to live meaningful lives. These conflicts have exacerbated the education crisis in the region as many children have been displaced coupled with the destruction of school infrastructure. These factors are responsible for the poor education outcomes in Northern Nigeria compared to the South, and contribute to reinforcing the cycle of poverty in the region that increases the risk of boys being recruited into armed groups or girls being married off early.Our multi-pronged approach involves three key components: using the radio to deliver curriculcum-based lessons to children in remote and rural communities to complement what they are taught in schools and NFLC; create NFLC –which are inclusive neighbourhood spaces- to deliver Accelerated Learning Programs to children so they can transit into formal schools; and training teachers to deliver 21st century knowledge to students so they are not left behind. In implementing the NESP, we will work closely with education authorities and administrators of existing schools and engage with community gatekeepers in the target state to build ownership of the intervention. We will also collaborate with development partners implementing education interventions to leverage their investments and prevent duplication and resource wastage.

Solution Overview

Our solution addresses underlying disparities in education outcomes between Northern and Southern Nigeria by addressing the demand and supply-side constraints that exclude many children from access to quality basic education opportunities. Demand-side interventions include the use of radio school to deliver twenty first century curriculum-based lessons to children in rural and remote areas and creating inclusive neighbourhood spaces (INS) and NFLC that deliver accelerated learning programs to out-of-school children so that they can transit to formal schools. Supply-side interventions entail the use of the radio to deliver teacher training programs to teachers to support improving teacher quality and deliver in-person teacher training programs for teachers in formal primary and secondary schools. Supply-side interventions will also entail the recruitment and training of volunteers as facilitators for the INS and NFLC. In addition to the ALP, the volunteers will be trained to provide socio-emotional support to children traumatized by the conflict. Special NFLC will be created for girls and children with varying forms of disability. Girls in the NFLC will receive menstrual education and life skills training in addition to basic numeracy, literacy, socio-emotional learning and basic science and technology instructions. Progress will be determined by improved teacher motivation levels, reduction in the number of out-of-school children, & improved student enrollment and completion rates among other indicators. Our intervention will improve education situation in Northern Nigeria by reducing the disparity in education outcomes when compared to the South. We aim to reach at least 2mn children and 20,000 teachers/volunteers through this project.

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