In northeast Nigeria, the humanitarian crisis has been detrimental to children’s access to education. The Addressing Education in Northeast Nigeria (AENN) project is responding to the immediate educational needs of 302,500 children and youth through safe nonformal and formal education, while laying a foundation for the sustainable improvement of education systems at the community and government levels.
The project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is working with Save the Children, Viamo, the Nigerian government and local nongovernmental organizations. Activities include:
- Improving the capacity of local governments to plan, manage and oversee education services that are responsive to evolving needs by working with key stakeholders, conducting rapid education risk analyses and improving education monitoring and policies
- Revitalizing and establishing nonformal learning centers and supporting formal schools
- Supporting communities and school personnel to develop safety plans and establish early warning systems
- Developing learning materials by enhancing existing curricula to emphasize age-appropriate, foundational skills in literacy, numeracy and social-emotional learning
- Training teachers and instructors to deliver conflict-sensitive instruction and providing ongoing support through in-service training, teacher learning circles and classroom observations and mentoring
- Training local partners in the community action cycle, a method that community members use to identify barriers to accessing education and address them through activities such as the implementation of school safety plans