Success Stories

15
Sep

THE USAID – NORTHERN EDUCATION INITIATIVE PLUS BUILDS CAPACITY TO IMPROVE LEARNING OUTCOMES IN NIGERIA ZALIHA’S STORY: FROM CLASSROOOM TEACHER TO READING SPECIALIST

Zaliha Nasiruddeen Bello has been working in the academic field for almost two decades. In 2003, she started her academic career as a classroom teacher working with the Sokoto State Basic Education. After working as a classroom teacher for 7 years, Zaliha landed a job as an educator at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in 2009. In 2015, she

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15
Sep

USAID’s NORTHERN EDUCATION INITIATIVE PLUS ADOLESCENT GIRLS LEARNING CENTRES ARE BRIDGING THE GAP IN GIRLS’ EDUCATION

Socio-cultural norms and economic barriers play a major role in hindering girls from going to school in Africa. According to UNICEF, 10.5 million children are out of school in Nigeria and 60 percent are from Northern Nigeria, with girls representing a larger portion of the disadvantaged. In regions like Northern Nigeria, cultural expectations often limit a girl’s future to a

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30
Jun

THE NORTHERN EDUCATION INITIATIVE PLUS; A PACESETTER IN PROVIDING BASIC EDUCATION FOR NIGERIAN CHILDREN

Thousands of children marched on the streets of Soweto on June 16, 1976, demanding quality education taught in their own language. Tragically, many were massacred for their stance. The Day of the African Child honors their uprising and is celebrated to raise awareness about continued improvement in education for all African children, especially for girls and out-of-school children with no

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12
May

USAID Helps Keep Bauchi Students Learning Under Lockdown Through E-Learning Collaboration

Bauchi – To help students learn during the COVID-19-induced school break, USAID through the Northern Education Initiative Plus project has partnered with UNICEF, Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) , state radio and television boards, and local universities to develop a multimedia e-learning program that will reach 1.7 primary, secondary, and koranic school students in the state. The lessons

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8
May

USAID NEI Plus Adopts Virtual Roundtables for Development of New Teaching and Learning Materials in Early Grade Reading

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted businesses and organizations all over the world, including development activities. International development organizations are now using alternative ways of carrying out activities. The Northern Education Initiative Plus conducted a series of virtual roundtable discussions with federal- and state-level ministry of education partners in May 2020. These focus group discussions provided key information to support the

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21
Apr

EARLY GRADE READING IN NIGERIA: 2nd Annual Conference on Children’s Books and the teaching of Early Grade Reading explored the way forward

The second National Conference on Children’s Books and the Teaching of EGR in Nigeria was held in Kano from 17th to 18th, March 2020. The Nigerian Center for Reading Research and Development (NCRRD), Bayero University, Kano in partnership with the USAID funded Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI Plus) project organized the conference for Academics, Educators, Publishers, Writers of children’s books,

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7
Mar

DARAZO WOMEN BUILD TOILETS FOR NON-FORMAL LEARNING CENTER

The Northern Education Initiative Plus project encourages community participation while working to provide basic education across 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Sokoto and Bauchi states. Women groups volunteer to visit house-to-house to educate parents of the benefits of sending their children to school. They engage community leaders who in turn lend their support to the importance of education. These

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28
Feb

STRENGTHENING QUALITY OF TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND DEPLOYMENT POLICY

Employing qualified teachers is central to achieving basic quality education. Standards of education are lowered when there is no policy in place to regulate the recruitment of trained and qualified teachers. In 2012, the Northern Education Initiative in collaboration with policy-level officials from the education sector developed the Bauchi State Teacher Recruitment and (TRD) policy document. This policy document was

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17
Feb

ALMAJIRIS ACCESS BASIC EDUCATION AT NON-FORMAL LEARNING CENTER

At the Da’awa Non-formal learning centre in Zango community, Bauchi State, about 70 almajiris (out-of-school boys roaming the street) learn to read and write. Amina Usman, teacher at the centre, speaking about her motivation said “It doesn’t matter if it is not your child, if you help other people’s children to learn, you make a big contribution to society,” she

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29
Jan

The USAID Nigeria Mission Director Visits NEI Plus Project Sites and Partners in Bauchi

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nigeria Mission Director, Mr. Stephen Haykin visited the Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI Plus) project sites (formal school and Non-formal Learning Centre – NFLC) in Bauchi. The Governor of Bauchi state, Sen. Bala Mohammed praised the project for promoting a culture of reading in the state. Sen. Bala Mohammed said that many

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