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New project will improve the quality of reading and numeracy instruction in Nigeria

January 04, 2016

A new three-year award to FHI 360 by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will benefit schoolchildren in Nigeria. 

In collaboration with Nigeria’s Ministry of Education and affiliated agencies, FHI 360 is implementing the Reading and Numeracy Activity (RANA) pilot project. This project aims to improve the quality of literacy and numeracy instruction for girls and boys in primary grades 1–3 in approximately 200 schools in two northern states in Nigeria (Katsina and Zamfara). RANA will train more than 600 teachers in its Hausa-based early grade reading approach, which will integrate numeracy and gender themes into its materials.

The schools and states in the RANA pilot form a subset of UNICEF’s Girls’ Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3), the impact of which RANA expects to enhance by using gender-sensitive methodologies in four major components of the education system: teacher professional development, teaching and learning materials, involved communities and sustainable government ownership.

To successfully implement this project, FHI 360 brings more than 30 years of experience in Nigeria and 40 years of experience in global education programming. FHI 360 is combining its robust experience with the expertise of local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in northern Nigeria, which will implement specific components of the project. In addition to working with local NGOs, the RANA team will work with government partners, communities and schools to ensure that interventions are locally driven and contextually appropriate. RANA will build the capacity of teachers through cluster-based training workshops and visits by master trainers who will ensure a culture of monitoring and formative evaluation.

The RANA team will use a process of reflection and collaboration with local stakeholders to ensure learning throughout implementation. This approach is intended to build a sense of ownership that facilitates true sustainability while enhancing the ability of local stakeholders to scale up the pilot’s proven innovations. Through RANA’s integrated literacy and numeracy approach, and a commitment to reflection and collaboration, the project intends to promote sustainable literacy and numeracy outcomes for both girls and boys in the classroom, the community and beyond.

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