Project Duration • Start: 25 October 2021, • Completion: 24 October 2026 .
Project Location Borno, Yobe, Adamawa PARTNERS: IRC, ROHI, AUN, PLAN, IDP.
Target: 193,854 Out-of-School Children
OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN OTL
USAID’s Opportunity to Learn (OTL) Activity works in up to 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs), in Borno Yobe and Adamawa states, through the Accelerated Basic Education Programme (ABEP), to ensure out of school children and youth in Northeastern Nigeria are safely able to gain foundational skills, including literacy, numeracy, and social and emotional skills, to progress to higher levels of education, training and/or engagement in the workforce. This will be achieved through:
- Provision of accelerated learning programs (ALP) for Out Of School Children (OOSC) ages 10-15 (those aged nine will be referred for formal school enrollment),
- Training and capacity building for learning facilitators and administrators of ALP centers,
- Direct disbursement of teaching and learning materials to ALP centers, and
Advocacy at the state and community levels to drive enrollment of OOSC and strenghthen access
A total of 1,214 (893 in Y1 and additional 321 in Y2) in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states .
3-day workshop for domestication of ABEP curriculum across the BAY states.Kick-off of OTL Activity in Adamawa state 13,000 learners mainstreamed into formal school in Borno State. 8,623 completed OTL’s level 1 ABEP and are now placed in primary 4 of regular school and additional 4,500 9-year old OOSC enrolled into primary 1.Rolled out the EduTank’s EdTech Hackathon. This competition will spotlight solutions to educational challenges, for incubation and funding.Opened application for digital upskilling of 10,000 youths in the BAY states, Nigeria. 1st Cohort Training begins in May 2023
1. REDUCING GENDER DISPARITIES
1. Creating access to quality, safe and inclusive education for vulnerable and marginalized girls. Promoting retention and transition through scholastic and dignity kit support. .
2. STRIVE TO ELIMINATE GBV AND MITIGATE ITS HARMFUL EFFECTS
2. Reviewing and strengthening referral pathways. Training LFs on protection and safeguarding. Engaging and strengthening community structures in fostering SRGBV prevention, protection and response. .
3. INCREASING WOMEN AND GIRLS AGENCY .
3.Prioritizing women recruitment as learning facilitators and mentor teachers. Improving knowledge capacity through training. Increasing women’s (LFs) economic empowerment and decision-making power. .
Set up the expansion of office space (Internet, furniture and fittings and power etc.) in Adamawa state
Training of OTL staff on Supply Chain processing and procedures. (The SC team was able to train all OTL staff, in Supply Chain processes, Procurement planning, and the use of Integra (such as item forecasting, submission for approval, how to check the status and locations of the items at the Warehouse, etc.)
Supported the procurement of the items and services needed for the implementation of the project in line with the approved procurement plan. ie timely procurement and delivery of Leaners Kits to learners in Borno, Yobe & Adamawa states, Procurement and Printing of Mentor teacher’s guideline manuals, Social and Emotional learning Manuals (DABARU), and printing of over 60,000 Books (Ina Son Karatu, assessment booklets, etc.), for Teachers Development Programs
Developed a systematic approach to leverage technology, streamline HR processes, and eliminate paper using innovative technology.
Executed Innovative Recruitment Strategies (Ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion as well as compliance with local employment laws and in turn attracting high-quality talent to the project. All recruited staff have undergone the orientation and onboarding processes.
Training and Development - In FY 22 the OTL HR department successfully trained all employees on the project on the following: Communications and Office Ethics, Soft skills and Sexual harassment
Several security awareness training for staff.
Trained all staff on Integra.
1. Closure of schools occasioned by the general elections disrupted learnings and led to the postponement of the end of stage examination. in learning due to prolonged election breaks affected .
2. Distribution of as some of the materials did not reach the learning facilitators on time hence affecting teaching and learning activities in the learning centers.
3. Rise in prices of goods and services continues to affect the cost of living of parents and caregivers and directly or indirectly affects the learner’s attendance.
4. Some of the enrolled learners could not be mobilized because they relocated to their LGA of origin. .
5. Difficulty in finding qualified Learning Facilitators in some communities.
1. Implementation of the improvement plans.
2. National steering committee meetings.
3. State steering committee meetings.
4. OCA assessment for year two targets.