By Boco Edet Abdul, Abuja Ten-year-old Yazidu Sahabi may be the last of 18 children in his large family but he is his father’s favorite. Sahabi’s father, Abubakar Sahabi is very hopeful that his son will become the first doctor in the family because he reads better than most of his elder siblings. Sahabi, a primary three pupil of Nizzamiyya
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
By Boco Abdul Bauchi, Nigeria—More than 200 elected officials and community leaders kicked off the distribution of 1 million textbooks developed by the Northern Education Initiative Plus to children in Bauchi state. More than 1,750 primary schools and 400 non-formal learning centers received the books as part of project by the Nigerian government and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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