In response to the low ranges of participation of ladies in education, the Federal Ministry of Schooling, the Overseas, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace (FCDO) of the UK, and UNICEF carried out the Women’ Schooling Programme Part 3 (GEP3) throughout six northern Nigerian states of Katsina, Kano, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara and Bauchi between 2012 and 2022.
On the nationwide closing ceremony of GEP3 held in Abuja on 24 November 2022, the companions reported that the programme’s funding of $109 million yielded constructive leads to enrolling a further 1.5 million ladies into faculty, far exceeding the venture’s goal.
The attendance price of ladies in major colleges within the six states improved from 43% to 70%, whereas gender parity improved from 0.73 to 0.97.
GEP3 labored to enhance the standard of training for all youngsters and helped ladies achieve higher entry to training and financial alternatives, breaking the cycle of poverty and drawback.
“In our dedication to drastically cut back the variety of Out of Faculty Youngsters, Nigeria appreciates the scaling of evidence-based resolution in tackling this menace as supplied by means of the GEP3. As we proceed on this path, we might leverage on the success of GEP3 to plan higher, price range higher, and make higher selections in placing extra Woman- Baby at school,” stated Honourable Minister of Schooling, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
“GEP3 has not solely been profitable in getting extra ladies into formal and non-formal colleges, but it surely has additionally improved studying outcomes. GEP3 has raised the profile of educated ladies, created new constructive social norms in lots of communities and enabled a transformational shift in mindsets concerning the significance of ladies’ training. It’s essential that we advocate scaling of the method in all states,” stated Cristian Munduate, UNICEF Consultant in Nigeria.
“I categorical the deep appreciation of UNICEF to the UK Authorities for this long-term dedication and funding for ladies’ entry to major faculty in northern Nigeria. Collectively there stays a lot work to be executed, to make sure that ladies transition to, and full secondary training. That is necessary not just for the financial prosperity and wellbeing of the woman and her household, however to stem the excessive inhabitants development anticipated in Nigeria. We see FCDO and the federal government of Nigeria as steadfast companions on this advanced endeavour,” added Munduate.
Along with surpassing its goal enrollment figures, GEP3’s improvements, insurance policies and finest practices are contributing to enhancements in Nigeria’s academic sector.
GEP3 has additionally constructed the capability of Head academics and academics within the administration of colleges in addition to supply of efficient studying for ladies.
GEP3’s unconditional money switch programme supported over 23,500 ladies and diminished the extent of poverty within the family, enabling households to ship ladies to high school and enhanced the power of ladies to generate further home revenue.
Moreover, community-based constructions like Moms’ Affiliation, Faculty Based mostly Administration Committees, and the Excessive-level Ladies Advocates have been established as enduring platforms for neighborhood mobilization, mentorship and coverage advocacy on ladies’ training.
The programme was additionally instrumental in strengthening non-formal Qur’anic colleges by means of the combination of foundational literacy and numeracy. To enhance studying ranges, the programme delivered an early literacy and numeracy intervention, the Studying And Numeracy Exercise (RANA). RANA was designed to enhance literacy and numeracy instruction in grades 1-3 in over 3,800 public colleges and Built-in Qur’anic colleges. RANA developed Hausa-language educating and studying supplies, constructed instructor capability, mobilized communities and engaged native governments to enhance early-grade studying insurance policies.
General, the GEP 3 programme educated over 67,000 major faculty academics, together with these educating in Built-in Qur’anic colleges to enhance their expertise and skill to ship high quality training.
“The GEP 3 has been one of many UK’s largest bilateral Women’ Schooling programmes globally. We’ve seen good progress in enhancing entry for ladies and transferring in direction of gender parity however with an growing inhabitants, Nigeria’s out of faculty youngsters figures stay excessive, for ladies and boys. We now want to make sure that we construct on the profitable interventions of GEP 3, supporting them to be scaled-up and sustained to make sure they’re catalysts for change within the wider sector,” stated Catriona Laing, British Excessive Commissioner to Nigeria.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Youngsters’s Fund (UNICEF).