Nigeria Reading and Access Research Activity: analysis of access to education programs in Bauchi and Sokoto states

Organisation(s): USA. Agency for International Development; RTI International

Date: 2014

Pages: 40 p.


Several programs are currently being implemented or have been implemented in Bauchi and Sokoto states to address issues of access to education for girls, vulnerable populations, and Almajiri more generally. These programs include intervention(s)designed to alleviate the cost of schooling through conditional cash transfers, material supports, and subsidies(uniforms, books, etc.); to affect parental attitudes towards and values regarding formal schooling; or to enhance the quality and availability of secular schooling through Islamiyya, Qur’anic, and Tsangaya education (IQTE) integration and model schools. However, evidence of the relative effectiveness of these interventions in these settings is limited.
With a focus on Bauchi and Sokoto states, this study sought to provide evidence of how these different programs affect the target populations and of their relative effectiveness in achieving their desired results. Such evidence would be used to ascertain which one of these interventions or programs may be a suitable candidate for continued support or scale up under future donor-funded programs for both girls and Almajiri.

Key informants were interviewed on an intervention designed to increase access to education for girls and marginalized populations, including Almajiri, in Sokoto and Bauchi in April 2014. The interviews were supplemented with a critical review of published literature on best practice programs that target girls and vulnerable populations in countries similar to Nigeria and in Nigeria. A systematic review of the literature identified eight areas of focus among interventions aimed at addressing barriers to education facing girls and marginalized populations. Specifically, these interventions involved student support packages, reduction or abolition of school fees, conditional cash transfers, civil society strengthening, infrastructural support, incentives to teachers, student feeding programs, and scholarship programs.

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