Boco Abdul

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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25
Jan

300,000 textbooks distributed to improve children’s reading skills in Sokoto

By Boco Abdul Abuja, Nigeria – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the distribution of 300,000 textbooks to support teachers and pupils benefitting from an education program that improves the reading skills of children in nearly 900 schools in Sokoto state. USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey with the Governor of Sokoto state Aminu Tambuwal presented the books

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16
Dec

Atika Abubakar, 15 – Too few schools

Atika Abukakar lives in Kajiji village in Shagari local government area of Sokoto state. It is a community where many girls spend many hours during the day collecting firewood in the bushes. Though Atika wanted to get an education, she dropped out after attending school for a week. “My parents withdrew me from school because the teacher hardly came to

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16
Dec

Atiku Mohammed, 18- Knowledge brings progress

Atiku Mohammed is an 18-year old merchant in Shagari local government area of Sokoto state. Though Atiku graduated from an Islamic school, he could not read or write. “I wanted to learn to read and write, but I did not know in what ways it will be useful to me,” Atiku admits. When the Northern Education Initiative Plus opened a

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16
Dec

Bilyaminu Ismaila, 9- A community’s hope

Attakwanyo is the largest ward in Gwadabawa local government area of Sokoto state. Despite the ward’s size, it boasts of only one primary school. Established since 1922, it is arguably the oldest school in Sokoto state. Classes take place about four times a year, or whenever the teacher comes. Very few people complete secondary school in Attakwanyo and only a

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16
Dec

Hadiza Shehu, 9 – Hobbies and reading

Hadiza Shehu is in primary two in Wababe Primary School, Dange-Shuni local government area of Sokoto state. She likes cooking and that is why she likes to read the Hausa book Mu Karanta! It has many pictures of food and she likes to point at them and name them with her sisters at home. This is not the only reason

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16
Dec

Reading to become

Gyamzo Central Primary School in Toro local government area of Bauchi state has been a fixture in the community since it was built in 1947. Until recently, usage had declined. Today, this 69-year old school is vibrant again. In one class, children are singing “Old McDonald has a farm” and in another, they are repeating “Nana na nan” in Hausa

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