News

22
Feb

NEI Plus celebrates International Mother Language Day

USAID’s Northern Education Initiative Plus joined the world over to celebrate the International Mother Language Day on February 21, 2019. About 600,000 children have acquired basic literacy skills through the project’s teaching and learning activities in formal and non-formal schools taught in Hausa in Bauchi and Sokoto states. Staff of the project celebrated the day reflecting on this year’s theme:

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28
Jan

NEI Plus builds skills of 5,000 teachers on early grade reading

By Adejumobi Adegbite Abuja, Nigeria– After three years of implementing an early grade reading program in Bauchi and Sokoto states, USAID’s Northern Education Initiative Plus has implemented another multi-level teacher professional development program reinforcing skills of more than 5,000 teachers to improve reading for pupils in first to third grades in Bauchi and Sokoto states. In 2016, the Northern Education

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22
Jan

NEI Plus Staff share memorable experiences on the first team building event

USAID’s Northern Education Initiative (NEI) Plus project recently organized a 3-day team building event for all its 109 staff members in Abuja, Sokoto and Bauchi states. This team bonding event aimed at fostering better relationship among members of staff in order to achieve the goal of improving the reading skills of one million Nigerian children by 2020. Some of the

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22
Jan

NEI Plus retreat fosters unity amongst staff

The management of Northern Education Initiative Plus with support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the first time, brought together all 109 staff members of the project to attend a three-day team building retreat at the Whispering Palms, Badagry, Lagos State. The retreat which held from January 8-11, 2019 was an opportunity for all staff members

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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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