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13
Dec

Sokoto flags off state funded distribution of USAID reading materials to pupils

In meeting the commitment to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support basic education, the Government of Sokoto state launched the distribution of early grade reading materials worth $270,000 to schools across 10 local government areas in Sokoto state. The Executive Governor of Sokoto state Aminu Waziri Tambuwal flagged off distribution

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6
Dec

Celebrating 16 Days of Activism

In Abuja, during a two-day technical review meeting from December 3-4, 2018, staff of the USAID Northern Education Initiative Plus joined in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world. They marked the occasion with a touch of orange and watched a movie enlightening everyone about the effects

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22
Nov

NEI Plus Local Government Coordinators develop action plan for PY4

A three-day training for the Initiative’s Access and Reading Coordinators on program management held in Kano from November 13-15, 2018. The training deepened the understanding of the 20 local government coordinators on their roles and responsibilities towards sustaining the Initiative’s activities at local government and community levels in Year 4. It was also an opportunity for project management led by

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15
Nov

Nigeria’s Annual Education Conference highlights USAID-funded Northern Education Initiative Plus

ABUJA – Nigeria’s Annual Education Conference brought together experts, advocates, international partners and policy implementers to discuss emerging issues affecting the quality of basic education in the country. The conference – themed “Education for Self-Reliance” – included a panel highlighting work from the Northern Education Initiative Plus project, funded by U.S Agency for International Development and implemented by Creative Associates International and

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23
Oct

Process for National Reading Framework begins in Nigeria

Key education officials and experts from the Nigerian government have begun the process of developing a national reading framework for Nigeria. The U.S Agency for International Development’s Northern Education Initiative Plus is supporting the Federal Ministry of Education through one of its agency, the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, to pioneer efforts that provide a blueprint for implementing early

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5
Oct

USAID-trained teacher transforms lives in rural Nigeria

By Boco Edet Abdul SOKOTO – Thirty-one-year-old Ezedike Nwabueze Fredrick walks down a narrow path to the school building and turns to wave at a group of women who greet him in Hausa as the “teacher that owns the school.” Fredrick smiles, asks one of the mothers about her son who was absent from school the day before and promises

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16
May

Northern Education Initiative Plus attends LEARNigeria’s education assessment report launch

The Northern Education Initiative Plus will participate in the launch of the 2017/18 LEARNigeria Preliminary Report in Abuja on Thursday, May 17, 2018. LEARNigeria was established to tackle dissatisfaction with outcomes of the education sector in Nigeria. The project was formally launched by The Education Partnership (TEP) and Every Nigerian Child Project (ENCP) at the Nigerian Education Summit held in

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25
Apr

Local governments sustain Reading program in Nigeria

SOKOTO, Nigeria- Not daunted by the challenge of meagre budget releases for school management, Local Government Education Authorities (LGEAs) in Sokoto state are sponsoring teacher professional development on Early Grade Reading (EGR). Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Northern Education Initiative Plus project in 2016 introduced an EGR program based on global best practices called Mu Karanta!

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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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