Education in Nigeria
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Here is a laundry list of items to do but that are not being done for lack of manpower. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
- Contact individual charities and NGO and ask them whether they are active on the ground in Nigeria and if so, how far North in the country (which Nigerian province).
- Look for other children education charities and add them to the list below.
- Contact individual charities and ask them whether they have experience acting in areas where security is a concern: can a home-school, distance-learning scheme be put in place?
- Generally speaking, it is not enough to list education charities on this page. We need to figure out which is in a position to help. Even if they are not active in Nigeria, do they have experience in other parts of the world in a similar situation and can they help provide expertise, advice etc.
- Do some research and look for important statistics regarding education in Nigeria and present them here. Some key information can be extracted from news articles.
- We need to improve this page (and others), reorganise the information.
- What’s So Scary About Smart Girls?
- [15 May 2014] Nigeria: Life for schoolgirls in the north
- [17 May 2014] Nigerian schoolchildren defiant in city that defied Boko Haram
- UNICEF: At a glance: Nigeria.
- [2 June 2014] Nigeria schools walk line between Islamic and Western traditions.
- [16 June 2014] In Nigeria, bringing the message of education for all.
- [18 June 2014] Safe Schools Initiative: FG to start N1.6bn trust fund.
- [30 July 2014] For Nigerian girls, education is the key that opens doors to progress.
- [7 August 2014] Is Nigeria taking ‘all steps’ to curb discrimination against women? - See more at: http://africacheck.org/reports/is-nigeria-taking-all-steps-to-curb-discrimination-against-women/#sthash.NA9jPIYN.dpuf.
"I recently started my NGO, ECCAD Foundation, we are at the process of registering with CAC, I will appreciate any assistance. We work in the area of early Childhood Care, we will appreciate Resources in form of books, office equipment & advice."
A world at school:
5 action for Safe Schools in Nigeria http://www.aworldatschool.org/pages/take-action-for-safe-schools
http://www.stevesinnottfoundation.org.uk/ @SSFoundation The Foundation continues Steve Sinnott’s promotion of the UN goal for every young person everywhere to have the opportunity to access quality education.
http://www.sendmyfriend.org/ @sendmyfriend Education for all by 2015. In 2014 we're reminding world leaders that every child has an equal right to learn. Free schools resource pack.
Other relevant charities (need to be sorted. See action points at the top):
@SavetheChildren, @UNESCO, @UNICEFEducation & @CAFODSchools
"Does Nigeria support the #SafeSchools movement? If so, let's join hands together."
The concerns for safety are not new; the challenge facing school systems in particular is not only enormous but real and urging.But I am Very glad to announce to Nigerians and to the whole world that our dear beloved country Nigeria has also embraced the concept of Safe Schools Initiative, the Nigerian government has finally supported/adopted the Safe Schools initiative.
It's a great announcement for me being a safety practitioner.
All hands on deck as we are in for great life saving ride. The safe schools initiative has been launched by the Nigerian Business leaders group with the Global Leaders for Education (GBC- EDUCATION) partnership.
This came as part of the actions taken by the the BringBackOurGirls campaign to strengthen school safety across Nigeria and globally. Already The Nigerian Government has pledged $10m in support of safe schools according to the former prime minister of United Kingdom.
Safe Schools initiative is movement geared towards protection providing a safe and comfortable learning environment for our future leaders.
The project will with 500 schools as the pilots in northern states, the “Safe Schools Initiative” will focus on school and community interventions, with special measures for the most at-risk and vulnerable children. The initiative will build community security groups to promote safe zones for education, consisting of teachers, parents, police, community leaders and young people themselves.
Since we now have the financial support, what next?
Will this children really be safe and protected from the very things that deprived them of their learning opportunities?
Will the 'safe schools initiative' be extended to our tertiary institutions as well?
What Safe Schools Initiative will mean for the Nigerian Child in school:
This will mean a level of reassurance that the child is loved, protected and a safe and respectable learning environment is provided for knowledge/skills acquisition. It means a variety of programs and services that are designed to contribute to the maintenance and establishment of safe and positive learning environments and removing to the barest minimum all forms of threats to the child (Boy/Girl).
While the schools staff will be trained to become safety officers , the students should equally be trained on basic safety as part of their curriculum.
Common threats and barriers to school safety?
1. Ongoing community crisis
2. Lack of effective access control
3. Absence of effective or inconsistent leadership
4. Poorly managed schools facilities
5. Lack of consistent enforcement of discipline policies by school staffs at all levels
6. Lack/inadequate safety training for staff and students
7. Poor emergency/crisis management skills
Therefore, in view of the above it will be pertinent to note that the barriers needs to be eliminated as a control for effective Safe Schools because to maximize safety in schools, the adults in charge must control it.
School safety has become the leading issue for parents, students, teachers, and school administrators according to numerous surveys, polls, and research articles(Landen, 1992; Sautter, 1995).
Fear is best managed by education, communication, and preparation but not denial. The government should assist to Educate the school community members to define the issues and appropriate context. Communicate with school community members to discuss risk reduction, heightened security, and emergency preparedness strategies.
Schools personnel need to maintain a "heightened awareness" for suspicious activity and to report same to all appropriate authorities with records of the event. This may include suspicious vehicles on and around campus, suspicious persons in and around school buildings including those taking photographs or videotaping, suspicious packages around the building perimeter and/or in the school, and suspicious information seeking efforts by phone or by unknown "visitors''.
Slowly but surely, Safe Schools is a REALITY.
Landan, W. (1992). Violence and our schools:What can we do? Updating School Board Policies, 23:1, 3-7.
- Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack.
- Safe Schools.
- Education charities.
- How to empower girls?.
- Out-of-school children.
- Global Partnership for Education.
- UNICEF [PDF] West and Central Africa OOSCI Regional Study: OOSCI (Out-of-School Children Initiative) study which includes Nigeria.
Retweeting pretty pictures is not enough. More concrete action is required to actually make a difference. But still, they can inspire. So here: