Abuja, 29th June 2019
EU Launches New Programme of Support to Education in Borno State
Over 150,000 children and 2,500 teachers will directly benefit from two new European Union (EU)-funded projects aimed at providing immediate education services and strengthening the education system in Borno State. The EU has earmarked €20 million through its 11th European Development Fund for the projects, to be launched by the Borno State Authorities on 28 June 2019, in Maiduguri.
The projects will expand and deepen the already extensive EU humanitarian and development assistance to the many victims of violence and displacement in Nigeria's North East while addressing some of the underlying drivers of violent extremism in Nigeria. Proven international implementing partners will execute the projects, over a period of three years.
The project implemented by Plan International, together with Save the Children and Gender Equality Peace and Development Centre (GEPaDC) will target 100 primary schools, 23 secondary schools, 41 Sangaya schools, and support Accelerated Education across the 123 targeted school areas in 9 LGAs in Borno state. 80,000 primary and secondary pupils will benefit from improved access to quality education, 18,000 children and youth who have dropped out of education will benefit from Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) in cohorts over the course of the action, 12,000 young people will benefit from life skills training, and 4,300 will be receiving employability & business training. 182 classrooms will be rehabilitated and furniture provided, 82 water points will be installed or repaired, and 550 latrine cubicles constructed across the most needed of the 123 schools and 41 Sangayas. 23,000 children will receive vouchers for learning kits, 14,620 girls and young women will receive dignity kits to manage menstruation, and 4,300 young people will receive vouchers for business start-up kits. Teaching kits, textbooks will be provided to 123 schools, 41 Sangayas and to the ALP courses. 944 primary and secondary teachers will be trained, with 430 of these being volunteers and receiving a monthly stipend under the action with 514 employed by the Government. 130 Accelerated learning volunteer teachers will be trained and receive monthly stipends, while 80 Sangaya volunteers will be trained and also receive monthly stipends. 36 schools will establish kitchen gardens and psycho-social resources will be brought into 73 schools with referral for children with trauma. School Based Management Committees (SBMCs) in 123 schools will be refreshed, retrained and work with communities to engage in education advocacy.
UNICEF, together with the Norwegian Refugee Council and StreetChild will strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable communities, especially children, and support inclusive, quality and equitable basic education in Borno state. The action will:
The action will achieve three result areas as follows:
For more information, please contact:
At Plan International: Yunus Abdulhamid – Communications Advisor (Email: Yunus.Abdulhamid@plan-international.org )
At UNICEF: Kusali Nellie Kubwalo, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Nigeria (Maiduguri) +234 8035351853 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At European Union: Modestus Chukwulaka, Press Officer, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS (Email: Modestus.CHUKWULAKA@eeas.europa.eu )