Capacity building programme for education in Niger “An integrated approach to teacher training and professional development”

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Since November 2012, the UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Dakar has been coordinating a capacity building program for education (CapED) in Niger.

CapED in Niger aims to support the government in the effective implementation of the 2014-2024 Sectoral Programme for Education and Training (PSEF), with a view to an integrated approach to teacher training and professional development. CapED Niger intervenes at the level of primary and lower secondary education (college) with the following specific objectives:

  • Strengthening of institutional capacity in the formulation of evidence-based policy for teachers and in the development of strategies
  • Strengthening of the management and training capacities of teacher training institutions
  • Improvement of the capacity of teachers and key stakeholders to share and exchange knowledge and experiences
  • Improvement of the performance of girls in science, technology and mathematics at lower secondary school

Implementation Strategy

CapED Niger is implemented by a country team, including the relevant Ministries of Education, the National Government Coordinator and the UNESCO Technical Assistant. Supervision is provided by UNESCO-Dakar under the overall coordination of the CapED programme team at UNESCO-Paris. The program is supported by the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) and the logistical support of the Niger National Commission for UNESCO and ISESCO.

Since the launch of the programme in Niger, a participatory and dynamic approach has been adopted which involves national actors, managers and structures in the design of activities which are in line with national priorities. The relevant Ministries of Education also supervise and monitor activities with support from or in consultation with other external partners, where appropriate, who are involved in the same field (Swiss Cooperation, UNICEF, LuxDev, IFADEM, GIZ, etc).


The programme has been implemented in a number of stages:

  • Stage 1: Mobilizing Stakeholders (2012)
  • Stage 2: Assessment of needs and capacities (2013-2014)
  • Stage 3: Formulation of a capacity building plan (2014)
  • Stage 4: Implementation of capacity building activities (2014-present).

The implementation of the CapED program has mainly contributed to:

  • Preparing different actors for the implementation of curriculum reform, through the training of 32 supervisors from primary teacher training schools in the existence of a new alternative curriculum and the option of bilingual education in pre-service teacher training, the revision of teacher training programmes through the introduction of bilingual courses, information and awareness-raising missions in the 8 regions, the publishing of newspapers and posters, and the training of journalists on the treatment of education system data;
  • Strengthening the capacity of structures in charge of education sector communication, through the training of personnel and the acquisition of equipment;
  • Strengthening of the supervising mechanism for teachers through the development / revision of monitoring tools for directors and teachers;
  • Capacity building of 80 school principals on school leadership and administrative management (distance learning);
  • Encouraging young girls to enter scientific disciplines at the lower secondary level of pilot schools, by strengthening the capacities of supervisors and teachers on gender issues, raising awareness of stakeholders of the impact of gender stereotypes, and awarding prizes to the highest performing students;
  • Strengthening the capacity of 3 managers from the Ministry of Secondary Education on the design and development of teacher training programmes.

In 2017, based on the analysis of current needs and the assessment of CapED's previous experiences in Niger, greater emphasis will be placed on mainstreaming and sustaining interventions.

About CapED

This programme was initially part of the “Capacity-Building for Education for All (CapEFA) Programme” launched by UNESCO in 2003 to improve the capacity of countries to achieve the EFA goals by 2015. Following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and the new Education Agenda 2030 in 2015, the CapEFA program has been aligned with Sustainable Development Objective 4 – “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” – and has become the “Capacity Building Programme for Education (CAPED)”.

It is an extra-budgetary programme jointly fincanced by Finland, Norway and Sweden.

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