News

26
Jun

New Chief of Party resumes, engages partners for improved reading outcomes

The Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Northern Education Initiative Plus project, Dr. Jordene Hale, paid a familiarization visit to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono. Echono commended the efforts of the United States government through the project to improve early grade reading in Northern Nigeria. He said the Ministry is gathering evidence on the impact

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26
Jun

NCCE commissions early grade reading resource center

The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), yesterday, commissioned its early grade reading resource center at its headquarters in Abuja, as a model for innovative instructional practices on reading. In the last four years, the Northern Education Initiative Plus has collaborated with the NCCE to pilot a pre-service reading program in three colleges of education and a polytechnic in

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17
Jun

NMEC to standardize basic literacy exams in Nigeria

The National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC) has agreed to standardize the administration of basic literacy examinations in the non-formal education sector in Nigeria. With this development, children from 11-17 years of age who attend Non-Formal Learning Centers across Nigeria will sit for standardized examinations administered by the State Agencies for Mass Education (SAMEs) to qualify

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22
May

‘Sustaining reading activities will improve education quality in Sokoto state’

Yabo Local Government Area in Sokoto state is one of the focal local governments where the USAID funded-Northern Education Initiative Plus (the Initiative) project is implemented. The immediate past Education Secretary of the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA), Ibrahim Muhammad Yabo, in this interview, bares his mind on how the LGEA under his two-and-a-half year leadership met the teaching and

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16
May

USAID trained reading experts promote literacy awareness in Nigeria

A group of education professionals trained on early grade reading by the USAID funded-Northern Education Initiative Plus have formed a professional learning community to implement literacy outreach activities in their localities. This was the outcome of a three-day training workshop organized by the project at the Bayero University Kano, Kano state for 40 educators who had earlier completed a six-month

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17
Apr

ICT-based coaching for teachers, a major breakthrough for EGR in Nigeria—SUBEB CHAIRMAN

Earlier this month, the USAID funded-Northern Education Initiative Plus project trained 60 School Support Officers (SSOs) in Sokoto State on the use of ICT mobile-based classroom observation tool to monitor and coach teachers for effective teaching in classrooms. The second phase of the training is currently ongoing in Bauchi where another set of 60 SSOs will acquire the same skills.

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16
Apr

Sokoto State government in Nigeria extends USAID’s reading program to more children

A USAID early grade reading initiative in Northwest Nigeria is extended to millions of children, beginning with an innovative teacher training for 1,350 educators. SOKOTO — Safiya Usman comes from a family of teachers, including both her grandparents and parents. It felt natural to continue in her family’s teaching tradition, but neither family experience nor her initial teacher training fully

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28
Mar

Bauchi SUBEB pledges to deliver textbooks to schools early

The Executive Secretary of the Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board, Professor Yahya Yero has said the agency is intensifying efforts to ensure timely production and distribution of the project’s Mu Karanta! Let’s Read! teaching and learning materials to primary schools across the state. He disclosed this when the USAID Northern Education Initiative Plus team led by the Acting Chief

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22
Mar

NEI Plus launches 24-episode radio drama, as stakeholders canvass for girl-child education

As part of activities marking this year’s International Women’s Day, USAID’s Northern Education Initiative Plus has launched a 24-episode Hausa radio drama series promoting increased female participation in education in Bauchi and Sokoto states. The radio drama series, which primarily tackles barriers to education in Northern Nigeria, was launched on Wednesday March 21, 2019, by the Bauchi State Commissioner for

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12
Mar

TRCN to integrate NEI Plus reading materials into teacher training programs

The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria has revealed plans to integrate the Mu Karanta! Let’s Read! teaching and learning materials of the USAID-funded Northern Education Initiative Plus into its teacher training programs. The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the council, Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye revealed this when the management of Northern Education Initiative Plus led by the Acting Chief

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