|The EFA 2000 Assessment: Country Reports|
PART 1: Descriptive section
Brief Description of Review Process
This country report is a product of collaborative efforts involving policy makers, planners and researchers from Federal, State and Local Government, education authorities as well as parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Education with responsibilities for various aspects of basic education (eg. mass literacy, teacher education, nomadic education, curriculum development), professional teachers associations, NGOs and other stakeholders in the promotion and delivery of basic education such as Permanent Teachers Associations, International Organisations, i.e. UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO which make up the National Basic Education Steering Committee. The latter evolved from the EFA National Task Force and is now constituted into the National EFA Assessment Committee, with members with relevant expertise constituted into the Technical sub-group.
The current review follows up on the mid-term Review carried out in 1995 using the guidelines provided by the EFA Forum Secretariat. Thus the Review draws information from the outcome of data gathering on quantitative and qualitative information needed to assess the progress made in each of the six target dimensions of the Jomtien Conference. The outcome of the two day Mid-Decade Review Seminar on EFA during which Federal, State, LGEAS and other stakeholders gave progress reports, appraised progress made in the different sub-sectors of basic education in groups and made suggestions for the improvement of the strategies being adopted, as well as Reports of achievements made thereafter by the different groups.
The report also draws from Evaluation Reports such as:
(3) The Comprehensive Education Analysis Project in September 1999
Furthermore, the Report draws on the work of the Technical sub-group of the EFA Assessment Group, which considered the 18 indicators recommended to guide the preparation of the current report with a view to determining on which of the data is available. It decided to carry out a survey which will identify data in areas in which they are not available and to use them when obtained along with existing data and analyse them in the course of the Comprehensive Education Analysis project in the country. Although a formal forum was not organized to debate the Report, components of it were considered at other various fora.
Nigeria: A Country Profile
Land Area :923,768 sq. km
Population (1998):108.2 million
Population density (1990-1992):04 persons per square kilometre
Population distribution (1998) Urban 36%
Rural - 64%
Under one year pop.-2.5 million
Under five years pop.- 17.1 million
Six-Eleven years pop.-19.34 million
Population growth rate2.83%
GNP (1995) US$ 220
Nigeria is a federation of 36 States and a Federal Capital Territory.
There are3 types of Governments; the Federal, State and Local
Governments. Following the successful completion of the transition to Civil
Rule programme with effect from 29 May 1999, each State is governed by an
elected Governor, while each local government is headed by an elected
Chairman who is the Chief Executive assisted by a Secretary who is the
Duration of Compulsory Education9 years
Adult Literacy Rate (1995) Female-47.3%
Male - 67.3%
School Age Population (1995)18.2 million
Primary School Enrolment (1995) Girls-7,011,657
Primary School Completion (1995)Girls-68.2%
As % of total enrolmentBoys-70.6%
Number of primary schools 41 531
Number of primary school teachers437,619
Male - 230,287
Average teacher-pupil ratio1:36
Sources:(a) Federal Ministry of Education
(b)National Population Commission.
EDUCATION FOR ALL IN NIGERIA: ITS PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
Jomtien was not for Nigeria the beginning of the journey towards universalising education. It dates back to the introduction of universal primary education in the 1950s in two of the then three regions of the country and its introduction at the national level in 1976. Thus, by joining other countries, agencies and organisations in adopting in March, 1990 the World Declaration on Education For All, Nigeria was merely reaffirming that in which she believed, and had already taken steps towards its attainment.
The National Policy on Education, (1977, revised 1981, 1985, 1998) attests to Nigerias commitment to Education For All, in particular, basic education for all. The policy lays emphasis on universal, functional and qualitative education.
The guiding principle of the Education For All programmme in Nigeria is the equipping of every citizen with such knowledge, skills, attitudes and values as will enable him/her to derive maximum benefits from his membership of society, lead a fulfilling life, and contribute his own quota towards the development and welfare of the community.
For Nigeria therefore, Basic Education comprises both the range of formal schooling as well as a wide variety of non-formal and formal public and private educational activities offered to meet the learning needs of groups of people of all ages. Thus basic education refers to early childhood and pre-primary education, primary education, the first three years of secondary education and basic and functional literacy for out of school children, youth and adults, as well as nomadic education for school age children of nomads and migrant fishermen.
EFA Goals and Targets
Not long after the Jomtien Conference, Nigeria took specific measures aimed at translating the Jomtien Declaration on Education For All into reality. The activities embarked upon included a sensitization drive mounted not only in the mass media, but also through the agency of the two key national advisory bodies on education policy, namely, the Joint Consultative Council on Education which brings together various officials in Federal and State Ministries of Education, and the National Council of Education which is composed of State Commissioners of Education and the Federal Minister.
The discussions and consultations of these meetings resulted in a clear perspective of what State and Federal Government priorities were within the context of basic education and a sharper focus was obtained as to what remedies were considered most urgent. Using the resulting information, a national plan of action on Education For All was drawn up. A Task Force (which metamorphosed into the present EFA Assessment Group) was set up to coordinate all activities related to EFA.
The Master Plan articulates the EFA goals and targets in all dimensions including the six target dimensions recommended in the EFA Assessment Guidelines.
The goals and targets on the various aspects of basic education as follow:
Formal education begins from pre-primary education which is the education given in day-care centres and Nursery schools to children aged 3 to under 6 years. It is enriched by the informal traditional up-bringing given to children from 0 to under 3 years which makes them ready for school. Although Government is not directly involved in the establishment of day-care centres and nursery schools, it is however responsible for:
According to the National Policy on Education, the purpose of pre-primary education are to:
In consonance with the Jomtien Declaration, World Summit for Children, the Convention on rights of the child, ECCDE has become an important part of basic education programme. This has provided supportive policy implications for different sectors such as health, social services, agriculture, nutrition among others. Furthermore, the Convention on the Rights of the Child led to the setting up of implementation committees that have harmonized national laws and policies.
As a practical demonstration of governments commitments to children, the Federal Government in co-operation with UNICEF instituted a project on Early Childhood Care Development Education (ECCDE) which draws great strength from the concept that life begins at birth; the project took off in 1991. The project goals are to:
These goals are in accord with the EFA Master Plan that seeks to:
Concerning early child care, available statistics from a sample survey conducted in 1991 revealed that only 4.7% of the pre-school age population had pre-primary education in Nigeria. Today, the situation is different owing to the rapid expansion of the ECCDE project.