Basic education for children

Project description

Title: Basic Education Programme
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Niger
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Planning
Overall term: 2018 to 2020

Context

Since 2000, Niger has made notable progress with the enrolment rate for primary school. Despite this, it is among the countries in which access to and quality of education score very poorly by global comparison. The number of children attending primary school depends on the region; girls are disadvantaged everywhere. The pressure on the education system is continually increasing as a result of high population growth, which is currently at almost four per cent. Decentralisation in the fields of education, health, water supply and environment has transferred more responsibility for educational administration to regional and municipal level. This enables education planning and human resources management to be more needs-oriented, and improves monitoring. However, the conditions for proper education planning are inadequate at all levels of the education system, particularly regarding girls’ participation in lessons in primary schools.

Objective

The Niger education system has better conditions for proper education planning, particularly with regard to girls’ participation in lessons in primary schools.

Approach

The programme focuses on the nine municipalities in the Tillabéri region and advises state institutions in Niamey. Advisory activities address education planning at municipal, regional and national level, and are closely interlinked. At municipal level, the programme strengthens the skills of educational actors in data collection and education monitoring, with emphasis on girls’ participation in education. The programme also supports the development of school district maps, which provide information such as the number of schools, classes and future needs. Based on this improved availability of data, the programme advises government and other educational actors, such as those in the regional authority responsible for basic education, on preparing a regional education programme. It also focuses on girls’ participation in education. At national level, the programme supports the further development of standards for education planning, based on educational data collected from municipalities and regions. The consortium, ECO Consulting Group – GOPA, provides advice in this area of activity.