Boco Abdul

19
Oct

Communities mobilize resources to support education in Nigeria

By Boco Edet Abdul BAUCHI, Nigeria- Seven-year old Binta Muhammad is from a very poor home in Darazo local government area of Bauchi State of Northern Nigeria. Her parents can hardly afford to feed their very large family of eighteen children many of whom have no formal education. Poverty is a major barrier to access to education in Northern Nigerian

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19
Oct

Radio and phones mobilize parents to support children’s reading in Nigeria

By Boco Edet Abdul ABUJA, Nigeria- It’s a few minutes to wrap up the Let’s Read! live program on Vision FM in Sokoto state of Nigeria and a listener calls in to affirm that indeed all parents, whether literate or illiterate, can support their children to become better readers. He is re-echoing the message of a five-minute drama skit he

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19
Oct

Bauchi, Sokoto governments prioritize basic education funding

By Boco Edet Abdul ABUJA, Nigeria- More than 80 key players across sectors of education, finance and economic planning from Bauchi and Sokoto states of Northern Nigeria have agreed that basic education, particularly early grade reading and non-formal education will be prioritized in fiscal budget allocations for 2018. This was contained in communiques issued at the end of a one-day

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8
Sep

School reading program impacting thousands in Northern Nigeria

By Boco Edet Abdul, Abuja Ten-year-old Yazidu Sahabi may be the last of 18 children in his large family but he is his father’s favorite. Sahabi’s father, Abubakar Sahabi is very hopeful that his son will become the first doctor in the family because he reads better than most of his elder siblings. Sahabi, a primary three pupil of Nizzamiyya

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8
Aug

Education program helps 27,000 out-of-school-children qualify for formal education

By Boco Edet Abdul, Abuja Until recently, Hadiza Hamza was one amongst millions of children not attending school in Northern Nigeria. Leaving in Malamawa community of Sokoto state with limited access to formal education, Hamza and her six siblings attended Qur’anic studies and helped their parents during the farming seasons. Now she sits at the back of a classroom in

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25
May

Staff opens learning center in Plateau state

By Boco Edet Abdul, Abuja The Northern Education Initiative Plus project has created educational opportunities for more than 36,000 out-of-school children to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. This achievement is inspiring different individuals to donate their own resources to open Non-Formal Learning Centers within their communities reducing barriers to education that stop children from attending formal school in Northern

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25
May

Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council prioritizes Early Grade Reading

By Boco Edet Abdul, Abuja As a think tank of Nigeria’s education system, the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council is a key partner of the Northern Education Initiative Plus. Under the leadership of Professor Ismail Junaidu, the council has led the process of developing an Early Grade Reading curriculum for schools in Bauchi and Sokoto states. The council continues

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25
May

Experts pioneer reading standards and benchmarks in Nigeria

By Boco Edet Abdul Abuja, Nigeria– More than 30 international and local education experts have initiated a process to develop standards and benchmarks for the teaching of Reading at early grade level in schools in Nigeria. The Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council in collaboration with the Northern Education Initiative Plus and other international development partners is leading this initiative.

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9
May

Communities rally support for education in remote Nigerian villages

By Boco Edet Abdul Sokoto, Nigeria-  In Walai village, members of the community are now aware of the value of education prompting them to invest their personal resources to create more access to education for children who are out of school. Walai is located in Itas Gadau local government area of Bauchi state in Northern Nigeria. It is far removed

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9
May

Reading program increases demand for education in Nigeria

Bauchi, Nigeria– An early grade reading program introduced in more than 2,000 schools in Northern Nigeria’s Bauchi and Sokoto states is creating demand for basic education in very poor communities. The Northern Education Initiative Plus project rolled out a new early grade reading curriculum called “Let’s Read! Mu Karanta!” program for pupils in Primary 1-3 with a transition to English

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