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USAID education initiative in northeast reaches 200,000 out-of-school youths

The United States of America International Development (USAID) said it has reached nearly 200,000 out-of-school youths in the conflict-affected states of Borno and Yobe in the northeast.

This was made known by the US Embassy on Thursday, in a statement in which the embassy disclosed that USAID Anne Patterson, Mission Director joined Nigerian education officials and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office to mark the closing of a three-year US and UK government-funded activity that significantly increased safe and relevant educational opportunities for children and youth in crisis environments in Nigeria.

According to the statement, Addressing Education in Northeast Nigeria (AENN) launched in 2018, helped the Nigerian Government to create more certified and safe educational environments for girls and boys in Borno and Yobe in collaboration with major local, federal, and international educational establishments.

It stated that the activity improved literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional skills of nearly 200,000 out-of-school children in formal and non-formal settings, more than half of them girls.

“It is promising to see that of those girls and boys who participated in the new instruction throughout Borno and Yobe, nine out of ten were able to later transition successfully back into mainstream education despite missing school time because of conflict

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“A better educated Nigeria is a stronger, more prosperous, and ultimately resilient Nigeria,” Patterson said at the event.

Part of the Embassy’s statement read, “Utilizing research conducted by USAID and its partners, the activity was designed to create a sense of safety for young people, and produced in local languages to increase children’s ability to learn and build resiliency from the surrounding conflict.

The conflict-sensitive curricula were supplied in the Hausa and Kanuri languages in more than 900 accelerated education centers supported by AENN.

“Rebuilding the devastated school system also included addressing the gap left by the thousands of teachers who were forced to abandon their jobs in the Northeast. AENN provided conflict-sensitive training to more than 2,000 learning facilitators and another 600 school administrators who can continue to advance the learning opportunities in their respective communities.

“To further AENN’s success and sustainability, materials from the activity have now been adapted as part of the national Accelerated Basic Education Program curriculum package by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council and other partners in the region. As Nigeria accelerates the priority of education, the U.S. government will continue to support the government and people of Nigeria in their efforts to create equitable, safe, and quality learning opportunities for future generations.

“AENN was implemented by FHI360 in consortium with Save the Children International and Via Mobile, as well as in close collaboration with the government of Borno and Yobe and community-based organizations”.

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