News / archive

    Program Seeks to Improve Quality of Education in Northern Nigeria

    Lagos, Nigeria mapLagos, Nigeria map
    x
    Lagos, Nigeria map
    Lagos, Nigeria map
    Isiyaku Ahmed
    Critics say Nigeria’s educational system is failing to graduate students who can write and use math and other skills needed to become self-sufficient.
     
    The Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria, or ESSPIN, is working to change that. It’s funded by UK-Aid, part of the Department for International Development (of the government of Great Britain).
     
    Its state team leader in Kano State, Olakekan Saidi, says the program aims to create an environment that’s child-centred.
     
    "We observed, through the annual school census," he said, "that we don’t have enough skilled and qualified teachers to take this forward.  Besides that, in terms of gender, the environment has not really supported girls’ education enough, and having a classroom size [that meets] international standards is still a challenge in some areas. In essence, [ESSPIN programme] is supporting the state in improving the quality of education in the north."
     
    He says his organization has introduced pilot projects and support in solving some of these and other problems, including the professional development of teachers. 

    ​He also says one of the fundamental things they have done so far is to build the capacity of staff of Kano state ministry of education to conduct the annual school census (ASC). The ASC will help to provide data and information required for planning, management and the effective use of state resources.
     
    So far, the census reveals that in Kano state, there over two million pupils in over 8,600 schools receiving basic education. These include pupils at Islamiyya integrated schools, which teach both Western and Islamic curricula.
     
    With these figures, it will be possible to project the number of teachers and other resources needed to achieve quality education in our schools.

    "We have done tremendous work equipping and training head teachers, class teachers and school support officers on school management and leadership skills and modern pedagogy," he said.  "The State School Improvement Team (SSIT) was established and members trained.  It supports head teacher and class teacher training in three pilot projects."
     
    ESSPIN is collecting data and using studies to improve understanding and develop options for integrating religious and non-religious curricula in Islamic schools in three local government areas of Kano state.
     
    Saidi also says a school based management committee has been established to enable local participation in the education of children. The group is made up of teachers, school officials and representatives of the community.
     
    In addition, ESSPIN is providing water and sanitation to schools to increase enrollment and quality of education by improving school infrastructure.
     
    ESSPIN is one of several state-level programmes funded by the UK Department for International Development which works on good governance, accountability and the delivery of health and education services.
     
    It supports federal and state authorities as they work to improve the education children receive.

    Listen to report on ESSPIN program in Nigeria
    Listen to report on ESSPIN program in Nigeria i
    || 0:00:00
    ...    
     
    X
    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Omo JC from: U.S
    March 13, 2013 9:22 PM
    I don't see this program being a success because only a few kids can be schooled in Northern Nigeria. It is a waste of time and resources.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Image Recognition Market Seen Doubling by 2020i
    X
    Ramon Taylor
    May 05, 2016 10:05 PM
    From auto tagging on Facebook to self-driving cars, image recognition technology as it exists today is still in its beginning phases, experts say — and will soon change the way users and corporations interact with the physical world. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
    Video

    Video Image Recognition Market Seen Doubling by 2020

    From auto tagging on Facebook to self-driving cars, image recognition technology as it exists today is still in its beginning phases, experts say — and will soon change the way users and corporations interact with the physical world. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
    Video

    Video Child Labor in Afghanistan Remains a Problem

    With war still raging in Afghanistan, the country also faces the problem of child labor as families put their school-age children to work to help make ends meet. But, thanks to VOA's Afghan Service, two families whose children had been working in a brick-making factory - to earn their livings and pay off family debts - now have a new lease on life. Zabihullah Ghazi reports.
    Video

    Video Kurdish Troops Recount Firefight Which Killed US Navy SEAL

    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed Tuesday, when Islamic State fighters punched through Kurdish lines in northern Iraq, was part of a quick reaction force sent to extract other U.S. troops trapped by the surprise offensive. VOA's Kawa Omar spoke with Kurdish troops in the town of Telskuf -- the scene of what U.S. officials called a "dynamic firefight."
    Video

    Video British Lawmakers Warn EU Exit Talks Could Last A Decade

    Leaving the European Union would mean difficult negotiations that could take years to complete, according to a bipartisan group of British lawmakers. While the group did not recommend a vote either way, the lawmakers noted trade deals between the EU and non-EU states take between four and nine years on average. Henry Ridgwell reports on the mounting debate over whether Britain should stay or exit the EU as the June vote approaches.
    Video

    Video NASA Astronauts Train for Commercial Space Flights

    Since the last Shuttle flight in 2011, the United States has been relying on Russian rockets to launch fresh crews to the International Space Station. But that may change in the next few years. NASA and several private space companies are developing advanced capsules capable of taking humans into low orbit and beyond. As VOA's George Putic reports, astronauts are already training for commercial spacecraft in flight simulators.
    Video

    Video US Worried Political Chaos in Iraq Will Hurt IS Fight

    The White House is expressing concern about rising political chaos in Iraq and the impact it could have on the fight against the Islamic State. The U.S. says Iraq needs a stable, central government to help push back the group. But some say Baghdad may not have a unified government any time soon. VOA's White House correspondent Mary Alice Salinas reports.
    Video

    Video Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limited

    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Taliban Threats Force Messi Fan to Leave Afghanistan

    A young Afghan boy, who recently received autographed shirts and a football from his soccer hero Lionel Messi, has fled his country due to safety concerns. He and his family are now taking refuge in neighboring Pakistan. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
    Video

    Video Major Rubbish Burning Experiment Captures Destructive Greenhouse Gases

    The world’s first test to capture environmentally harmful carbon dioxide gases from the fumes of burning rubbish took place recently in Oslo, Norway. The successful experiment at the city's main incinerator plant, showcased a method for capturing most of the carbon dioxide. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.
    Video

    Video EU Visa Block Threatens To Derail EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

    Turkish citizens could soon benefit from visa-free travel to Europe as part of the recent deal between the EU and Ankara to stem the flow of refugees. In return, Turkey has pledged to keep the migrants on Turkish soil and crack down on those who are smuggling them. Brussels is set to publish its latest progress report Wednesday — but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, many EU lawmakers are threatening to veto the deal over human rights concerns.
    Video

    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
    Video

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora