The decision to initiate a citizen-led assessment in Nigeria came as a result of dissatisfaction with outcomes of the education sector in Nigeria and the reality that neither government nor non-state stakeholders were held sufficiently accountable for this situation. LEARNigeria was established following a four-year journey that culminated in the establishment of an influential network of key education stakeholders in Nigeria, and an understanding of the challenges reflected in the state of Nigeria’s education system. The initiative was formally launched by TEP Centre and the Every Nigerian Child Project (ENCP) at the Nigerian Education Summit held in March 2015.
The survey design ensures that the learning levels of all children are captured - those in school, those who have dropped out of school, those who have never been in school, those in government schools, those in private schools and those in non-formal schools. The best place to gather this information is at the household level.
LEARNigeria assesses children on foundational literacy and numeracy skills that they are required to learn as part of the Nigerian curriculum. The highest level in the assessment corresponds to the learning outcomes benchmarks of grade/primary two (the second year of formal education) according to the Nigerian curriculum.
In addition to assessment, information is collected from the households on household size, socio-economic status, and parental education, which are indicators that are believed to influence children’s educational status and learning outcomes. LEARNigeria also visits one government school and one private school in each enumeration area or LGA sampled to collect information on school infrastructure, enrolment and attendance, and teacher statistics to understand the environment where children receive their formal education. Therefore, besides assessment data, LEARNigeria captures rich data on child, household, community and school-level characteristics.
After the assessment, parents receive instant feedback on learning levels, and community and government stakeholders are engaged in interactive feedback and action planning sessions which catalyse action by inspiring and equipping parents and communities with basic tools and charging them with the responsibility to help improve their children’s learning outcomes.