IMPROVING GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN BASIC EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Three-Day Training Workshop which focused on Improving Governance and Accountability in Primary and junior secondary Education in Nigeria at Grand Ibro Hotel Annex, Abuja More »

IMPROVING GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN BASIC EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Three-Day Training Workshop which focused on Improving Governance and Accountability in Primary and junior secondary Education in Nigeria at Grand Ibro Hotel Annex, Abuja More »

IMPROVING GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN BASIC EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Three-Day Training Workshop which focused on Improving Governance and Accountability in Primary and junior secondary Education in Nigeria at Grand Ibro Hotel Annex, Abuja More »

IMPROVING GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN BASIC EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Three-Day Training Workshop which focused on Improving Governance and Accountability in Primary and junior secondary Education in Nigeria at Grand Ibro Hotel Annex, Abuja More »

 

#UBENigeria: HDI uses twitter to campaign for accountability in Basic Education

As part of efforts to reach a more diverse audience, the Human Development Initiatives (HDI) organized two tweeting sessions. The sessions which were titled ‘Improving Funding of Basic Education: An agenda for Buhari’ and ‘Improving Governance and accountability at Local Government level: An agenda for Buhari’ had several young people in attendance. Some of these who were drawn from HDI network tweeted from HDI office while others participated remotely.

 

Furthermore, some adult professionals also added their voices on twitter, these include Mrs Funke Treasure Durodola, Manager of FRCN radio 1, Lagos and Mr Lekan Otufodunrin, Editor online at The Nation newspaper.

 

The tweeting session officially used the hashtag #Realchange, #UBENigeria and #LGABudget. It generated a total of 28,736,515 impressions and 10,561,978 reach.

Some of the highlights from the tweets include;

  1. Reminding the government of the importance of Local Government and its pivotal role in development.
  2. Reminding the current government about some of her manifesto as it relates to education.
  3. The need for fiscal autonomy for Local Government as well as making them accountable to the public.
  4. How the change in Education can be made effective through oversight of schools in rural as well as urban areas.

SENSITIZATION OF COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS ON UBE

A day sensitisation and awareness programme on governance of basic education was organized for community stakeholders in Lagos, Kano, Enugu and Abuja. The avenue was used to sensitise community stakeholders about the Universal Basic Education (UBE) policy framework and how to demand accountability and governance of basic education.  Among issues discussed during the meetings were: implementation of UBE: the role of community stakeholders, the provision of the UBE Act, and local government oversight role over primary education: problems and prospects.

LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND EDUCATION PROJECT TEAM PAY ADVOCACY VISITS TO LGEAs AND FCT UBEB

Human Development Initiatives (HDI), Grassroots Health Organization of Nigeria (GHON), Youth Child Support Initiative (YCSI), Patriotic Citizen Initiatives (PCI), The WellBeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and Out-of-School Children Empowerment Foundation (OSCEF) have solicited the buy-in and support of Local Government Education Authorities in Mainland and Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Areas of Lagos State; Gwale and Garun Mallam Local Government Areas of Kano State; Enugu North LGA and Nkanu West Local Government Areas of Enugu State; and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Universal Basic Education Board on the Local Governance and Education Project. The consortium of these NGOs made this call during advocacy visits to the above-named institutions.

 

Speaking during the one of the visits, Mr. Olayemi Samuel, Research/Program Officer, Human Development Initiatives (HDI) disclosed that the project is aimed at improving and enhancing governance and accountability for quality, effective and accessible primary and junior secondary education at the Local Government level in Nigeria. In his words, “the importance of basic education in meeting the basic learning needs of school age children from primary to junior secondary level cannot be overemphasized. Basic Education is prerequisite upon which other educational pursuits are built such that fundamental training, skills, knowledge etc. are inculcated and acquired”.

 

According to the group, the Child Rights Act (CRA) 2003 and Universal Basic Education Act (2004) make education from primary to junior secondary school a right; free and compulsory given its importance. The Universal Basic Education (UBE) is saddled with the responsibility of enhancing quality of education in Nigeria. However, lack of political will and commitment on the part of government, amongst other factors have contributed to the non effectiveness of basic education we are currently being experienced in the country.

 

Authorities in these institutions during the visits assured the team of their readiness to be part of the project with a view to bringing positive change towards promoting accountability and good governance surrounding basic education.

 

 

CSOs TASK GOVERNMENT ON IMPROVED UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION

Governments at the Federal, State and Local levels have been tasked on the need for improved governance and accountability in primary and junior secondary education in Nigeria. This call was made by civil society organizations (CSOs), seasoned educationists, Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and community members during a Three-Day Training Workshop on Improving Governance and Accountability in Primary and Junior Secondary Education in Nigeria organized by Human Development Initiatives (HDI) with the support of USAID Nigeria’s Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) Project from Tuesday, May 19 to Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Abuja.

 

The discussions at the workshop focused on improving and enhancing governance and accountability for quality and accessible primary and junior secondary education at the Local Government level in Nigeria. Participants were enlightened and well-informed on child education under the Child Rights Act (CRA) 2003, the roles of local governance on education, the roles of relevant stakeholders viz: community members, Parent-Teachers Associations (PTA), the media, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), Non-Governmental Organizations, the Private Sector and the general public, towards the actualization of the Universal Basic Education project.

 

Other issues germane to Universal Basic Education such as improving CSO capacity in monitoring the educational sector, giving communities a voice in education service delivery and protection as well as participation of excluded groups in education (girl child, disabled, Almajiris, IDPs) were discussed during the breakout session.

 

The opening session of the meeting was chaired by Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and the Keynote Address delivered by Dr. Gladys Makoju, Former Director, Policy Planning Management and Research, Federal Ministry of Education. Other notable speakers were Prof. Yemisi Obashoro-John, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos; Dr. Theresa Stephen Gyang, Department of Educational Foundations, University of Jos; Mr. Okafor Toochukwu, National Moderator, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA); Mr. Tayo Alofun, Media Officer HDI; Mr. Theophilus Abbah, Sunday Editor, Daily Trust Newspaper and Mr. Amara Nwankpa of Shehu Musa Yar’Ádua Foundation. Click this link to download the full version of the Communiqué.

HDI KICKS OFF PROJECT ON GOVERNANCE OF BASIC EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Human Development Initiatives (HDI) with the support of USAID Nigeria’s Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement Project in collaboration with five other Civil Society Organizations, namely: Grassroots Health Organization of Nigeria (GHON), Youth Child Support Initiative (YCSI), Patriotic Citizen Initiatives (PCI), The WellBeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and Out-of-School Children Empowerment Foundation (OSCEF) have kicked off a project on governance of basic education in Nigeria.

 

The project aims at improving and enhancing governance and accountability for quality, effective and accessible primary and junior secondary education at the Local Government level in Nigeria relative to Universal Basic Education (UBE) statutory and policy framework. This project is intended to run for four years, which is from 2014 to 2019 in Kano State (Gwale LGA and Garun Mallam LGA); Enugu State (Enugu North LGA and Nkanu West LGA); Lagos State (Lagos Mainland LGA and Ibeju-Lekki LGA); and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (Bwari Area Council and Abuja Municipal Council).

 

Given the importance of basic education in the life of a child and especially being the foundation upon which other educational pursuits are built, the Child Rights Act (CRA) 2003 and Universal Basic Education Act (UBE) 2004 make education from primary to junior secondary school a right, which is free and compulsory. The raison detre of basic education is to meet basic learning needs of children under school age with a view to inculcating literacy and developing them intellectually, morally, socially, physically and emotionally. It is pertinent to note that achieving the main goal of Universal Basic Education (UBE) will eradicate mass illiteracy, ignorance and poverty and as well accelerate national development.

 

Despite the intent of the UBE however, its effectiveness remains worrisome in the country. This is attributed to a number of factors which include: weak governance structure, corruption, inadequate funding, inadequate and non-functional educational facilities – physical structures, inadequate and low quality of teachers, inadequate instructional materials, unwillingness and inability of states and local governments to fund and monitor primary education, weak CSOs and community stakeholders engagement in education-related issues, non-adherence to key universal Principle of Local Governance/Government among others.

 

In view of the aforementioned, products of primary and junior secondary schools in Nigeria are poorly trained and can hardly compete with their peers from other countries. Besides, the persistent poor result from WAEC, NECO and JAMB testifies to this weak foundation. Many other factors contribute to this problem. Where infrastructure is available, they are grossly insufficient. Children lack books and learning aids. They sometimes go to school with their own chairs and desks, or sit on bare floor in unconducive school buildings for learning. Sundry fees and levies are charged by school authorities thereby negating the Government policy of compulsory and free education. Local and international media and development reports have situated the worst schools at primary education level and the highest out-of-school children to be from Nigeria. According to UNICEF, 40 per cent of Nigerian children (mostly girls) aged 6-11 years do not attend any primary school. Most of these are in Northern Nigeria, a situation heightened by the recent insecurity in the region. Statistics have shown that 30% of pupils drop out of primary school and only 54 per cent make it to Junior Secondary Schools. Thus, children are denied the right to education, especially the girl child for whom primary education is critical.

The implementing partners have adopted the tripod strategy of Capacity Building, Engagement and Public Awareness. This is aimed at promoting society and citizen engagement to ensure improved accountability and governance at the LG level, especially as it affects the education sector. In the course of implementing the project, there will be advocacy visits and engagement with Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs), Local Government Education Authorities (LGEAs), Permanent Secretaries in Ministry of Education, policy makers, Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs), School Based Management Boards (SBMC), community members and other relevant stakeholders. More so, the general public will be enlightened on issues pertaining to good local governance and Universal Basic Education through bulk SMS.

 

It is anticipated that the project will improve educational development at the grassroots, with regard to quality, effective and accessible primary and junior secondary education. It will help to achieve better community engagement with government, committed participation in decision-making process in schools and also increased CSOs and community networks capacity building to engage and demand good local governance from relevant actors at the local government levels.

IMPROVING GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN BASIC EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

SACEThe USAID Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement Project in collaboration with Human Development Initiatives (HDI) alongside other cluster members (CSOs), namely: Grassroot Health Organization of Nigeria (GHON), Youth Child Support Initiative (YCSI), Patriotic Citizen Initiatives (PCI), The WellBeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Development Measures (DM) and Out-of-School Children Empowerment Foundation (OSCEF) have initiated a project in the area of Local Governance and Education to enhance quality, effective and accessible primary and junior secondary education at the Local Government level in Nigeria.