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Early reading and literacy programs contribute to long-term development

The overall quality of education in Nigeria is extremely poor, which in turn has lowered demand for education and led to poor academic performance. Of 30 million school-aged children, 10 million have not enrolled in school. Less than a third of primary school children will proceed to junior secondary school, and even fewer will then go on to complete secondary school. This situation is most pronounced in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim North, where primary school attendance and academic achievement remain far below national averages. Without a skilled, healthy workforce, Nigeria will struggle to achieve its vision for economic growth and transformation into a leading world economy.

USAID programs support equitable access to quality basic education through teacher training, support for girls’ learning, infrastructure improvement, community involvement, and reading and literacy skills development. The programs target public, Qur’anic and Islamiyya schools. Qur’anic schools focus on learning the Qur’an and Islamic values while Islamiyya schools integrate classes to build skills in reading local language and numeracy into the traditional Qur’anic curriculum. These efforts will help ensure that all northern Nigerian students have access to high-quality basic education. In addition, USAID strengthens the capacity of state and local governments to plan and manage education services and promotes accountability and informed resource management processes in the education sector.

Nigeria Education Fact Sheet


Last updated: June 17, 2015

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