The Reading and Numeracy Activity (RANA)

In collaboration with Nigeria’s Ministry of Education and affiliated agencies in Nigeria’s northern states of Katsina and Zamfara, FHI 360 is implementing the Reading and Numeracy Activity (RANA) pilot project. Funded by the Department for International Development through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 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 the two states. These schools and states 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.

Using its Hausa-based early grade reading approach, which integrates numeracy and gender themes into its materials, RANA will build the capacity of 600 teachers to implement effective instruction and assessments. The project will engage local communities to build support for early grade reading and engage in policy dialogue and capacity building with the government to build local ownership and assist both state governments in identifying strategies for pilot scale-up. Through RANA’s integrated literacy and numeracy approach, and its commitment to collaboration with local stakeholders, the project will support a scalable, improved system for early grade reading and numeracy across Katsina and Zamfara.

To implement RANA, FHI 360 will combine its 30 years of experience in Nigeria with the expertise of local nongovernmental organizations, the Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative and the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN). These partners of FHI 360 will implement specific components of the project while receiving guidance and capacity building from FHI 360.



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    March 2018 — The early years of primary school are critical for learning development. This fact sheet describes how FHI 360 seeks to maximize learning outcomes in the early grades through evidence-based instruction, materials and assessment....
  • Enhancing Reading and Numeracy in Nigeria (infographic)
    February 2018 — This infographic provides at-a-glance information on the Reading and Numeracy Activity (RANA), a project in northern Nigeria implemented by FHI 360 and funded by the U.K. Department for International Development through the...
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    May 2017 — This guide steps through five recommended techniques for supporting second language learners. It also provides related rationale for each technique and guidance on how to implement in the classroom. The techniques are: create links...
  • Numeracy Read Aloud Stories (English and Hausa)
    February 2017 — This set of read aloud stories presents math themes in English and Hausa and includes comprehension questions and math activities. By teaching math through stories and activities, the Reading and Numeracy Activity (RANA)...
  • Nigeria
Duration: 2015 - 2019