NGO Activity in LEARNigeria Communities
LEARNigeria is a citizen-led assessment (CLA) aimed at testing the literacy and numeracy level of children between 5-15 years old. The survey was initially piloted in two local governments (LGAs); one in Ikorodu, Lagos state and the other in Ungogo, Kano state. Following the successful pilot of the assessment the project was scaled up and conducted in 36 additional LGAs across 6 states in the country – including Plateau state, Ebonyi, Akwa-Ibom and Taraba. Attributable to the primary goal of the assessment (being Citizen driven), there was need to form partnership and engage the services of NGOs/CBOs who are citizens of the selected LGAs.
Partnership with NGOs was critical in support and strengthening the purpose of the project, to widen the reach of LN, watering it down to the local level. These partners were to be the torch carriers of LN assessment in their communities, reaching the locales both in schools and households, even in their local languages. They were commissioned to translate and support implementation of the tools and activities relating to the survey. It was the duty of these partners to elect members/volunteers from the selected enumeration areas (EAs) whose interests are aligned with the goal of LEARNigeria (LN), train them in the use of assessment instruments and facilitate/monitor implementation of the survey process within their localities.