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NIGERIA: Training for Teachers and Students

Duration: 1 year
Cost: $26,700
Local Partner: QAARDAN (Quality Assurance And Research Development Agency, Nigeria)
Year: 2012

Nigeria in map of Africa

Nigeria has a population of 140 million, with 12 million attending public schools and 40 million unemployed. 70% are living below the poverty line. The public school system is seriously ineffective. The government is unable to meet the costs involved in providing a free but quality education. The teachers, poorly paid, are unmotivated and use outdated teaching methods. As a result, the students are unable to compete successfully with those coming out of private schools and end up as dropouts, unemployed and social outcasts.

The project aims to:
1)  train 60 teachers in 30 public schools on new teaching techniques that can yield improved academic performance. The beneficiaries will be expected to then transfer the acquired knowledge to their colleagues. The schools will be selected in different areas of the country’s Western and Eastern School Districts after consultation with the State Education Board. This is not only required but also necessary to guarantee that the people involved in the project feel a sense of ownership and commitment to it.
2)  run a Career Week for students of the selected schools to motivate them to strive for excellence despite unfavorable circumstances. A special focus will be on improving self-esteem and preventing poor career choices.

At the end of training, all participants will be submitted to evaluation and performance appraisal. The project is meant to be a pilot program that will later be replicated in other parts of Nigeria, using the pilot beneficiaries (both teachers and students) as mentors.

30 middle- and high- public schools;
60 low-income earning teachers (2 per school);
9,000 students, aged 13 to 18 (300 per school).