Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) Project
The Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) is a unique and ambitious global programme that supports citizen engagement in education sector policy, planning, budgeting and monitoring. It is founded on a shared understanding that informed, broad-based and locally-driven civil society participation is crucial to delivering national and international education goals. While governments are responsible for guaranteeing the right to free, inclusive and quality education for all citizens, civil society can and should play a crucial role in bringing diverse voices together under common platforms to hold governments and donors accountable for their commitments, and to ensure relevance and equity within education sector plans, programmes and budgets.
CSEF therefore provides grant funding and technical support to representative and democratic national civil society education coalitions to strengthen citizen and civil society participation in national education sector planning and policy processes, research, analysis and tracking, and engagement and input to regional and global policy processes. Support is also provided through guidelines for national planning and operations, technical support and capacity development, and linking local, national and regional and global activities in order to maximise impact.
Through this work CSEF aims to influence policy change particularly around education financing, inclusion and equity and quality and learning, and to advance and ensure accountability of global and national education goals.
CSEF was set up in 2009 through the support of the Global Partnership for Education, and has received funding almost consistently from GPE since. In addition to GPE support, CSEF has had complementary funding from Spain’s AECID (Agencia Española de CooperaciónInternacional para el Desarrollo) for coalitions in Latin America, Australian AID during a bridge funding period in 2012, and ad hoc funding from Backup Education for coalitions in Africa.
Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) Project
The Nigeria Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) program seeks to improve access and quality of education for more than 2 million school-aged children and youth in two northern states.
Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the five-year program will strengthen the states’ ability to provide quality education—especially for girls, orphans and children enrolled in nontraditional schools—and improve children’s reading skills. NEI+ will be implemented in Bauchi and Sokoto states.
The project seeks to strengthen LGEA’s ability to better train and manage teachers, along with improving their capability to plan, budget and deliver on professional development, ensure school governance, mobilize community support for learning and the timely distribution of materials.
The program builds on the highly successful Nigeria Northern Education Initiative (NEI), which strengthened basic education systems in Bauchi and Sokoto by increasing access to quality basic education and social services.
Led by Creative and funded by USAID, the four-and-a-half-year NEI project worked at the state level to build and improve teacher education and educational systems with a focus on learning, teaching, school management, parental participation and responsiveness to children’s needs.
NEI developed activity-based training manuals and trained 3,568 educators on how to teach literacy, math and life skills and provide psychosocial counseling to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). It also succeeded in integrating core basic education subjects into Qur’anic schools’ curricula, and worked with communities to provide care and support for OVCs
Community Accountability: Curbing Retail Corruption in Nigeria (Project)
The community accountability and transparency project is a two years project funded by the Macarthur project. The project work is primarily focused on promoting an atmosphere of accountability, transparency, and good governance in the country by reducing retail corruption and strengthening Nigerian-led anti-corruption efforts. The project is supported by the MacArthur foundation in the on Nigeria Grants.
Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3)
The Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3) aims to improve girls’ access, retention and learning in five states in northern Nigeria; Bauchi, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara states. It is implemented by UNICEF and the federal government of Nigeria with funding from the DFID UK.
Partners in the project are Federal Ministry of Education, UBEC, NMEC, LGEA, Colleges of education, CSACEFA, FHI 360 etc.