International Education Projects: Nigeria

Reading and Access Research Activity (RARA) (2014-2015)

Client/Agency

United States Agency for International Development

Description

The Nigeria Reading and Access Research Activity (RARA) is designed to carry out research in the areas of early grade reading and access to education in Nigeria. The project will identify factors that improve reading skills and increase access to schooling for out-of-school children, especially for girls and almajiri (Islamic boarding school children). RARA will also help inform government actors, donor partners, civil society, the private sector, and USAID technical staff in developing a more nuanced understanding of activities that can be taken to scale in northern Nigeria to achieve this goal.

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Nigeria Education Data Survey Project (NEDS II) (2013-2014)

Client/Agency

United States Agency for International Development

Description

The NEDS 2010+ task order was designed to support the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Education (FMOE) in developing additional analyses of Nigeria Education Data Survey (NEDS) data and related activities involving mapping of the education sector and strengthening of the National Education Management Information Systems (NEMIS). As a complement to the 2010 NEDS, these analyses provided education stakeholders and decision makers in Nigeria with accurate and timely data for education policy and program planning.

NEDS 2010+ consisted of three separate components: analysis of the NEDS 2010, an education sector mapping study, and capacity support to the FMOE's NEMIS unit.

Northern Education Initiative (2009-2013)

Client/Agency

Creative Associates International/United States Agency for International Development

Description

Implemented by Creative Associates International, the Northern Education Initiative supports states in Northern Nigeria: Sokoto and Bauchi.  RTI provides services for strengthening state and local government systems. 

RTI works to strengthen strategic planning systems by assisting the two states develop their Mid-Term Sector Strategy (MTSS) and Education Sector Plan process with particular emphasis on strengthening civil society participation in the MTSS process and using standards or targets to evaluate implementation on an annual basis.

The project supports financial resource management through improving budgeting procedures and funding application practices; improving accounting, procurement, and logistics management systems; and piloting the use of school discretionary funds and school-based budgeting.

RTI’s team is strengthening education management information systems (EMIS) by

  • Adapting the national EMIS policy to each state's needs
  • Installing hardware and providing training in the use of national EMIS software
  • Linking multiple data sets to increase the scope of data
  • Strengthening data utilization and communication capacity
  • Improving the efficacy of the school census data collection system.


RTI also supports system performance management and accountability at the school level by helping parents monitor their children’s performance at school and at the local government level by providing an opportunity for civil society and political classes to jointly negotiate and support local educational planning and decision-making.

This project is a task of the ABE-LINK contract.

Nigeria National Education Survey (NEDS) (2009-2011)

Client/Agency

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID)

Description

Nigeria is struggling to meet its target of universal basic education. Lack of reliable data about the reasons for low school attendance and poor classroom instruction hinders state and federal education planners.

To provide a more complete picture of schooling needs at the local level, RTI oversaw the third and largest Nigeria Education Data Survey (NEDS), covering approximately 30,000 households with school-aged children spread across all 36 states of Nigeria and the capital Abuja.

Jointly funded by USAID and DfID, RTI worked with the National Population Commission of Nigeria to conduct a household-based education survey examining school attendance and absenteeism, expenditure on schooling, and parents’ perception of school quality and values.

RTI advised on the sample design, questionnaires, and training manuals and completed nuanced analysis of the data, looking at how factors such as teaching quality and distance to school impact families' choices.

Results

Presented at a national event attended by the vice president, the results of the survey will be used to assess the accuracy of enrollment data collected via ongoing school censuses, learn beneficiaries’ perspectives on whether federal and state government reforms and investments are targeting the key constraints to access and quality, compare levels of access and quality across Nigeria’s states, and analyze trends in equitable access and quality over time.

NEDS was a task order of the EdData II contract.

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Teacher Development Programme (2013-2019)

Client/Agency

DFID/Cambridge Education

Description

In partnership with Cambridge Education, RTI is supporting the Teacher Development Programme (TDP) in Nigeria. TDP supports Federal and State institutions responsible for the pre-service and in-service development of teachers in six states in northern Nigeria. Through a technology-enhanced teacher training model using mobile phones and other audio-visual materials, TDP aims to support the Nigerian government to design and implement strategies to improve the standard of pre-service training and support the continuing professional develompent of teachers in Nigeria.