Boco Abdul

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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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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