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Education Above All Foundation, ISDB, GPE and Partners Unite to Support 100,000 Out of School Children in Nigeria

Education Above All Foundation, ISDB, GPE and Partners Unite to Support 100,000 Out of School Children in Nigeria

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Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 05 May  2024 - A ground-breaking partnership between Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) & Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), and Save the Children alongside other partners including, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the Kaduna State Ministry of Education, is set to benefit 100,000 out of school children (OOSC), including girls and children living with disabilities. The Reaching Out-of-School Children in Kaduna State project (ROOSC) will employ a multi-tiered approach to address critical barriers to education the region.

Nigeria is confronted with several obstacles, such as economic challenges, instability, insecurity and inequality. Barriers to education include insufficient funding, poor infrastructure, lack of trained teachers, and inadequate access. Based on data from the Kaduna State Bureau of Statistics in 2020, an estimated 535,353 children in the state were out of school, ranking Kaduna as one of the states with the largest number of OOSC in Nigeria.  The ROOSC project is a testimony of the partners' commitment to investing in education, not only to increase enrollment and retention rates, but also to contribute to reducing poverty and broader socio-economic development.

Over the span of four years, the partnership will focus on four objectives: improving access and retention, quality of teaching and learning, learning environments, and education management. To reach these objectives, the project, also with support from the Qatar Fund For Development, will be structured into five components and deliver interventions to ensure inclusion, community mobilisation, teacher training, quality assurance, flexible learning opportunities, psychosocial support, child protection, and the provision of teaching materials.

Speaking about the partnership, Fahad Al Sulaiti, CEO at Education Above All Foundation, said: 'Strong partnerships that deliver relevant and effective interventions are the pillars that will build the pathway to educational transformation in Nigeria. By joining forces, we can provide children with the opportunity to thrive and grow towards a brighter future through equitable and inclusive education.'

Dr Hiba Ahmed, the ISFD Director General, stated that, 'ISFD is proud to be part of this international partnership addressing the education needs of out-of-school children in Kaduna State, Nigeria.  This initiative aligns perfectly with ISFD's mission of empowering and developing communities in need through quality education. By working collaboratively with our partners, we can provide children with the tools and knowledge they need to reach their full potential and contribute to the development of their communities.'

Inger Ashing, CEO, Save the Children, Said: ''We are honoured to work with all the partners involved to ensure that even in the most difficult circumstances, children can fulfil their right to a safe, inclusive and quality education. Time and again children tell us how important their learning is – to their wellbeing and development in the present, but also in equipping them for the future. We face a global crisis in school access and learning, therefore coming together for this programme provides a critical opportunity for the children of Nigeria.'

In 2018, EAA and IsDB/ISFD partnered on a framework agreement to establish the ISFD/EAA Enrol and Retain OOSC Programme, which provides a substantial investment for the identification, enrollment and retention of OOSC in a range of countries. During the IsDB Annual Meetings in Riyadh on 27-30 April 2024, the partners extended the framework agreement until 2025 to ensure greater impact for OOSC.  The ROOSC project in Kaduna state is an outcome of this programme.

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