Summary of findings
The development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) is supporting a Consortium of three indigenous Nigerian NGOs in promoting girls’ education in some Northern States (Kaduna and Kano). The project is funded by the Ford Foundation and anchored by Action Aid Nigeria. The main objective of this project is to contribute to the
delay of early marriages of girls in Northern Nigeria through girls’ education programmes such as girls’ camps and mentoring. The project holds that if more girls and their parents are sensitized enough to attend and complete secondary education, that would substantially delay their early marriages, with overall health benefits for the girls. An end of project review which has taken recently taken place and generated important findings about what works in girls’ education. Given that Nigeria 2015 marks the final year of the 4-year Strategic Plan for the Development of the Education Sector, and that the Federal Ministry of Education is now poised to develop the new Plan, findings from this project are particularly significant as they offer lessons and point to strategic directions that the new Plan may wish to consider. The issue of education is the focus of study approved by the last administration for the 2015 Senior Executive Course of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, with the theme: Repositioning Nigeria’s Education System for Global Competitiveness. As is customary every year, NIPSS will soon present the report of its findings to Mr. President. As governmental think tanks such as NIPSS and non-state research institutes such as the dRPC, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group explore the relevance of education for the health and development of the nation it is important action follows research findings.
The key findings of the Consortium Project end of project assessment point to the following:
This presentation is guided by two main questions:
To address these questions, the presenter was required to do a brief review of the current Education Plan and to conduct a quick interview with officials of the Federal Ministry of Education.
Following this Introduction, the presentation is divided into three sections: A Brief Review of the Current Education Plan; Report of the Interview with the Director of Education Planning at the FME and Suggestions on Policy Input for the next Education Plan. Download the full report