USAID’s Northern Education Initiative Plus to reach about 500,000 children in 2017

By Boco Abdul Abuja, Nigeria– More than 150 education experts from government, international development organizations and US based partners of the Northern Education Initiative Plus gathered in Nigeria to outline a second-year work plan supporting Bauchi and Sokoto states to provide access to quality education to about 500,000 school-aged children. The Initiative organized three planning workshops from August 23 to

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Turning Teachers Into “Stars”

Up to 70 percent of teachers in Nigeria’s Bauchi state were found to be unqualified or were unaware of modern pedagogical techniques. Working with state education officials and teachers, a unique training program was launched that changed classroom learning for thousands of children. It is part of Creative’s Northern Education Initiative.


Education brings a brighter future for girls

Girls in Northern Nigeria have limited or no access to basic education—making them vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and/or poverty. Creative’s Northern Education Initiative worked with communities, parents, NGOs and educators to change the situation through the Adolescent Girls Program. It opened 19 training centers that offered a curriculum that combined marketable skills with basic literacy and math classes.


Civil Society Organizations Trained To Support 36,000 Out-Of-School Children

By Boco Abdul Leaders from more than 40 local civil society organizations graduated from specialized, intensive trainings that will enable them to provide early grade and adolescent education to 36,000 children who are out of school in Bauchi and Sokoto states. Organized and managed by the USAID-supported Northern Education Initiative Plus, the participants successfully mastered the course’s topics—ranging from promoting

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Early grade reading materials developed for Nigerian students

By Boco Abdul To improve the reading skills of more than 2 million children and youth in Northern Nigeria and promote quality instruction, the Northern Education Initiative Plus has developed reading textbooks for teachers and pupils in Bauchi and Sokoto states. Teacher guides and pupil reading materials for first to third grades and the same materials for second to third

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Summit deepens understanding of the Initiative’s educational goals

By Boco Abdul More than 100 key government and non-governmental representatives gathered at two separate state summits to agree on the best methods to implement the first year activities of the new Northern Education Initiative Plus project. Meeting simultaneously in Bauchi and Sokoto states, summit members approved critical activities to be implemented in the first year of the project to

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USAID’s Northern Education Initiative Plus launches

By Boco Abdul More than 100 elected officials and community leaders kicked off the Northern Education Initiative Plus project in the state of Sokoto. “The responsibility of ensuring that every child accesses education lies on everyone and not just government alone,” said Nigeria’s foremost religious leader, His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, who was at the Feb.

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