The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been providing for five years now peaceful environment for basic education and psycho-social support to more than 80,000 bomb survivors in the five affected states in North East Nigeria
This statement was released in Abuja by the Public Affairs Section of the US embassy, who disclosed that many of the children and youth, who are beneficiaries, are particularly girls and the physically challenged, who have been traumatized by violence and are unable to access mainstream education.
Through the Education Crisis Response (ECR) activity, USAID in conjunction with state governments and civil society organizations have established more than 1,400 non-formal learning centers, which focus on teaching literacy and basic math, and provided socio-emotional learning activities to counter the negative effects of violent extremism, strengthen participants’ resilience, and build trust. More than 800 instructors, known as learning facilitators, were trained to staff the centers.
Director Stephen M. Haykin, the USAID Mission Director, stated that the Education Crisis Response activity is helping to answer widespread demand for quality secular, primary education in northeast Nigeria.
He added that USAID will maintain its commitment to marginalized children and youth in the northeast and looks forward to continuing partnership with Nigeria to strengthen education across the country.
He mentioned that, for some 22,000 older learners, a nine-month basic education curriculum was added by market-oriented vocational skills that helped participants generate income for their families. Additional special Adolescent Girl Centers help teenage girls heal, learn, and gain valuable life skills. Other centers were developed specifically for younger girls and boys.
He noted that through the ECR activity, more than 11,000 teachers in the formal sector received training on socio-emotional learning and enhanced basic education instructional techniques, which increased their ability to cope with trauma and enabled them to support displaced learners who moved into mainstream classes
He added that a sustainability plan developed with local government officials will help ensure the success of the Education Crisis Response activity can be duplicated and expanded in the future.