Plane

Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria

PLANE - PARTNERSHIP FOR LEARNING FOR ALL IN NIGERIA
Our focus is on improving children’s literacy and numeracy, ensuring children gain foundational learning skills. We partner with subnational and federal governments in Nigeria to achieve this through enhancing governance systems and overcoming barriers to quality education.
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About Us

PLANE Window One, operating from 2021 to 2028 at the Federal level and in Jigawa, Kano, and Kaduna states, aims to build a more inclusive and effective education system in Nigeria. Our mission is to ensure that every child has access to quality education, driving positive individual and societal development. PLANE Window One seeks to create inclusive and effective education systems that deliver foundational skills, improving learning outcomes for all children, especially marginalized groups.

We focus on enhancing education quality, teacher competency, and Grade 6 completion rates. Delivery focuses on delivering results in four Output Areas:

We focus on enhancing education quality, teacher competency and completion rates; delivering results across four Output Areas:

  1. Improving teaching, learning materials & approaches: Strengthening foundational learning opportunities and implementing accelerated learning interventions.
  2. Improved governance of state systems: Enhancing policy, planning, accountable financial management, and human resource management.
  3. Governance of the non-state system: Strengthening regulations and accountability in non-state schools through partnerships and innovative practices.
  4. Evidence generation, communication, and use of evidence for citizen-state engagement & service delivery: Establishing a robust monitoring and evaluation system, conducting research, and utilizing evidence for strategic communication and improved services.
Through evidence-based approaches, effective governance, and strategic partnerships, PLANE Window One aims to elevate the quality of education in Nigeria, ensuring equitable access and positive learning outcomes for all children.

    PLANE Window One​

    A Systems Approach To Strengthen The Education System

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    GOAL

    The PLANE program in Nigeria aims to improve literacy rates and transition rates for children and young people by reducing pupil-teacher ratios in schools. The goal is to achieve these improvements by August/September 2028.​

    DURATION

    8 years

    2021-2028

    DONATIONS

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    150+ Donors

    GOAL

    The PLANE program in Nigeria aims to improve literacy rates and transition rates for children and young people by reducing pupil-teacher ratios in schools. The goal is to achieve these improvements by August/September 2028.​

    Timeline

    7 years

    2021-2028

    Our Output Areas

    PLANE Window One focuses on four output areas to improve education in Nigeria. It aims to enhance teaching approaches, strengthening foundational and accelerated learning. The program also seeks to improve governance of state systems, including policy, financial management, and human resources. Additionally, it aims to strengthen regulations and accountability in the non-state school sector. Lastly, PLANE Window One emphasizes evidence generation, communication, and citizen-state dialogue to drive improved service delivery.
    PLANE Window One focuses on four output areas to improve education in Nigeria, namely:
    1. Enhancing teaching approaches, strengthening foundational and accelerated learning.
    2. Improving governance of state systems, including policy, financial management, and human resources.
    3. Strengthening regulations and accountability in the non-state school sector.
    4. Emphasizing evidence generation, communication, and citizen-state dialogue to drive improved service delivery.

    Our Output Areas

    Improving teaching, learning materials & approaches

    1. Teacher Training: Ongoing mentoring and support to teachers, including classroom observations and feedback, to promote continuous improvement in their teaching practices.
    2. Foundational Learning: Strengthening foundational learning opportunities from Grades 1 through 6 by improving materials, instruction, school leadership, and assessment.
    3. Accelerated Learning: Implementing accelerated learning programs to help upper primary grade children acquire foundational skills that were not achieved in lower primary.

    Our Output Areas

    Improved Governance of State Systems

    1. Policy and Planning: Formulating inclusive, responsive, and evidence-based strategies and plans through policy and planning.
    2. Accountable Public Financial Management: Operating accountable and transparent budget execution and public financial management to ensure efficient resource allocation.
    3. Human Resource Management: Improving human resource and performance management, including recruitment, deployment, retention, and management of teachers and education personnel.

    Our Output Areas

    Governance of the Non-State System

    1. Regulatory Frameworks: Establishing effective support and regulatory frameworks for low-cost private schools.
    2. School Associations: Strengthening the effectiveness of low-cost private school associations.
    3. Information Sharing: Promoting information sharing to enable greater investment in low-cost private schools and effective models of public-private partnership.
    4. PPP: Promote effective models of public private partnership
    5. Qur’anic Schools: Provide support to enable more effective management of Integrated Quranic schools.

    Our Output Areas

    Evidence generation, Communication and Use of evidence for citizen-state engagement & service delivery

    1. Monitoring & Evaluation: Developing and implementing an evidence-based monitoring and evaluation system to ensure accountability and compliance.
    2. Research and Learning: Conducting participatory action research and baseline surveys to gather valuable insights and data.
    3. Strategic Communication: Establishing strategic communication channels and platforms to share evidence-based research, engage stakeholders, and improve service delivery.

    PLANE Window One Consortium​

    Downloadable Resources

    Learning Materials

    Learning Materials

    Extended Reports​

    Extended Reports​

    Literacy Projects​

    Literacy Projects​

    School level key performance results at baseline - November 2022

    Jigawa school level key performance results at baseline - November 2022

    Kaduna school level key performance results at baseline - November 2022

    Key Interventions

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    Improved Planning And Public Financial Management​

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    Participatory Approach To Engage Key State And Non-State Stakeholders

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    Piloting A Graded Assessment Of Private Schools​

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    Support for Low-Cost Primary Schools

    Milestones Achieved​

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    Community learning hubs raising education awareness and promoting learning skills in informal settings

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    Teachers were trained on inclusive foundation skills and accelerated learning
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    Reading ambassadors, including a significant number of female facilitators were trained to support community learning hubs.
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    Learners reached including over 282,000 girls and 23,900+ children with disabilities.

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    Helping children shape a better future

    for themselves and their community.​

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      Why Nigeria must focus on female teachers

      Promoting the recruitment of female teachers is not only an essential step towards achieving gender equality, but also contributes to creating a more diverse, inclusive, and enriched educational environment and safer schools for women to teach and for girls to learn. Encouraging the recruitment of female teachers involves recognising the unique contributions they bring to the profession and addressing barriers that may impede their entry into the field. Representation matters, and having female teachers provides important role models for both male and female students.

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    • Language and Nigeria’s learning crisis: Implementing the National Language Policy

      Language and Nigeria’s learning crisis: Implementing the National Language Policy

      The connection between language and education is very visible and paramount. Language has a profound impact on education. Many children start school with knowledge of concepts in their mother tongue but cannot relate to the same concepts in school because they are unfamiliar with the language of the classroom. In order to fully realise the benefits of education in the mother tongue, it is essential for policymakers and educators to recognise the importance of language as a tool for learning and development.

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    • Meet Malam Aliyu Musa, a passionate facilitator teaching children in his community to read and write

      Meet Malam Aliyu Musa, a passionate facilitator teaching children in his community to read and write

      Malam Musa teaches at a Community Learning Hub, an initiative under the FCDO-funded Partnership for Learning for All (PLANE) programme. These Community Learning Hubs provide a safe space for both in-school and out-of-school children to learn basic literacy and numeracy skills.

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    Locations

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    Jigawa State

    Jigawa State, situated in northern Nigeria, is known for its strong partnership with the state government in implementing educational reforms. PLANE has actively collaborated with education agencies and stakeholders in Jigawa to achieve milestones in policy development, community engagement, and capacity development.

    The 2023 elections brought a Governor-Elect who is familiar with PLANE's supported reforms, providing an opportunity for continued engagement and support. Collaborations with PLANE Window Three and other FCDO programs have expanded partnerships, leading to involvement in various committees, policy fora, and community initiatives.

    PLANE has worked closely with government and local government education authorities to mitigate these issues. Efforts are underway to improve school supervision, mentoring, and coaching, as well as recruit additional teachers for immediate deployment.

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    Kaduna State

    Kaduna State, located in northern Nigeria, is known for its rich cultural heritage and diverse population. The state is committed to improving its education sector, and PLANE has played a crucial role in this endeavor.

    PLANE's inclusive approach to programming has gained acceptance in Kaduna State, building trust, and improving service delivery. The program has provided technical assistance, research support, and strategic document reviews to enhance learning outcomes. Collaborations with education programs in the state have harmonized interventions and raised awareness about the importance of investing in education.

    Despite challenges such as poor coordination among head teachers and multiple education programs, PLANE has worked with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to address these issues. Efforts are underway to extend harmonization to all interventions and scale up accelerated learning approaches to benefit learners across grades 1-6.

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    Kano State

    Kano State, located in northern Nigeria, has been a focus of PLANE's efforts to drive education reform and increase public-private partnerships (PPPs). The state has seen high-level engagements and strategic stakeholder meetings, demonstrating their commitment to education reform.

    An opportunity for scaling up PLANE's foundational skills approach has emerged through collaboration with the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), a philanthropic organization operating in Northern Nigeria. Discussions are underway to develop a tripartite arrangement involving PLANE, ACF, and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to expand PLANE's work to additional Local Government Areas (LGAs).

    These initiatives and engagements reflect PLANE's dedication to improving education outcomes and fostering partnerships in Kano State.

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