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USAID supports 403,282 school children in Adamawa, Gombe

By Emmanuel Samaila, Yola
19 September 2022   |   3:19 am
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has supported 403,282 primary school learners in Adamawa and Gombe states in reading.

[FILES] USAID. PHOTO: TWITTER

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has supported 403,282 primary school learners in Adamawa and Gombe states in reading.

Launched in March 2019, the USAID-funded Strengthening Education in Northeast Nigeria (SENSE) boosted reading outcomes for Grades 1, 2 and 3 pupils in both states.

In a statement in Yola, yesterday, Chief of Party for SENSE, Dr. Audu Liman, said as Nigeria strives to raise standards of education, the U.S. will continue to support the government and people in their efforts to provide high-quality, safe and equitable opportunities for future generations.

The statement said: “This success has been achieved through USAID’s education approach of utilising key evidence-based interventions to address some of the challenges facing the education sector in Nigeria.

“These challenges include the lack of local language teaching and learning materials to teach reading, poor early grade teaching skills of lower primary teachers, as well as lack of a data-driven teacher professional development strategy to improve teacher capacity.”

Liman noted that there was also a lack of parental engagement in teaching and learning at schools, as well as poor education managers’ skills in providing supportive supervision to teachers.

He said the SENSE initiative developed the teaching skills of 9,711 teachers to improve early grade reading classroom instruction in 335 schools across both states.

For effective learning and to further complement Teacher Professional Development (TPD), he said SENSE supported both states to establish 39 Teacher Resource Centres (TRCs) across 20 local councils in Adamawa and 11 councils in Gombe.

According to him, the TRCs provided teachers with access and opportunity to create teaching and learning aids for use in their classrooms.

“All 39 TRCs have now become part of the respective states’ TPD system and are managed by state-appointed staff, “ he said.

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