OTHER KEY INTERVENTIONS OF THE UBE PROGRAMME
UBE Community Initiated Self Help Projects
The Self-Help Project of the UBE Programme is designed as a strategy to involve the community and private sector participation in basic education delivery through the initiation, execution, administration and ownership of designated school projects.
Basic education funding, administration and implementation is gradually becoming the responsibility not only of the government but that of the communities through Parents Teachers Association (PTAs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs).
The Self-Help strategy has proved to be very rewarding in providing requisite infrastructure and services within the school environment as well as galvanizing popular community support and involvement in UBE delivery. Importantly, the strategy has instituted transparency and accountability in resource management, paved way for community ownership of UBE programme and increased the opportunities for increasing access, quality and equity in UBE delivery. Additionally, the strategy has several deliverables in key infrastructural components and other facilities that are essential to quality UBE delivery.
||Construction of new classrooms
||Renovation of classrooms
||Teachers’/Pupils Furniture (sets)
* A total of 3,752 projects from 2009 Support Funds are currently being executed in the 36 States and FCT.
** With effect from 2008, the Self-Help Support Fund was increased from N0.6m to N1.0m per School/Community.
Federal Teachers' Scheme (FTS)
The Federal Government of Nigeria introduced the Federal Teachers' Scheme (FTS) in 2006 with the aim of addressing shortage of qualified teachers in the basic education sub-sector. The scheme which is being financed through the Debt Relief Gains (DRG) is a two-year programme designed to cater for unemployed NCE graduates.
Under the scheme, NCE graduates are employed by the Federal Government and posted to States for a two-year period before formal absorption by states and LGEAs.
The first batch of 40,000 participants completed the service in October 2008. UBEC enlisted 34,000 fresh participants in January 2009 while States have absorbed 27,000 products of the first batch into their work force.
In recognition of the multi-sectoral and cross-cutting nature of UBE programme implementation, UBEC pursues and implements critical sub-sector related programmes in collaboration with other agencies with distinct responsibilities within
the Federal Ministry of Education. In this regard, the following are some of the achievements recorded:
. Production and distribution of the new 9-year Basic Education Curriculum to all public primary and junior secondary schools across the country;
. Developement, production and distribution of training manuals to provide the knowledge and skills required to plan, design, organise and evaluate training programmes for all those that are concerned with the implementation of the 9-year basic education curriculum;
Collaborations with International Development Partners
The Universal Basic Education Commission is mandated by Section II 9 (i&j) of the UBE Act 2004 to facilitate and ensure smooth collaboration with International
Development Partners (IDPs) and Non-Governmental Organizations to boost basic education delivery in Nigeria. In keeping with this mandate, UBEC has attracted financial and technical supports from IDPs prominent among which are:
. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Project for the Construction of Additional Classrooms Phase I in Niger, Plateau and Kaduna States (2004 - 2008).
. Strengthening of Mathematics and Science (SMASE) in Niger, Plateau and Kaduna States (2006 - date)
. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Project for the Construction of Additional Classrooms Phase II in Kano, Katsina, Oyo, Adamawa, Gombe, Ebonyi and Borno where Kano is now on board as a pilot State.
. Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) which supports basic education in the area of classrooms construction in Kogi, Katsina, Gombe and Adamawa States. The projects in Katsina and Kogi were completed and handed-over on July 30th 2010 while those in Gombe and Adamawa States are being implemented.
. China Assisted Four Rural Primary Schools in Nigeria whose intervention is in Kaduna, Katsina & Ogun States and FCT.
. The World Bank, UNICEF and USAID are supporting States to Fast-track the achievement of EFA goals through support funds under the EFA-FTI funds.
. Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) is supporting Institutional capacity building of UBEC and SUBEB officials in educational planning strategy.
. British Council is currently working on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UBEC and the States to provide technical capacity for English Language teachers in Lagos, Kano, Enugu, FCT Abuja, Rivers, Oyo, Sokoto, Adamawa and Yobe States. Under this programme, 1,000 primary school teachers of English Language will be trained by March 2011 and another 1,800 by October 2011.
The following have been achieved in the area of curriculum improvement:
1 Setting up National Early Child Care minimum standards for ECCE Centers
2 Approval of the Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum for 3-5 Years by the National Council on Education (NCE) for pre-school child growth and early stimulation
3 Production and distribution of the nine-year Basic Education Curriculum materials to all Public Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in the 36 States and FCT
4 Introduction of the 9-year basic education curricula into schools for step-wise implementation beginning from 2008/2009 academic year in Primary 1 and JSS 1
5 Training 40 Master-Trainers in each of the 36 States and FCT on the philosophy and content of the basic education curricula in August 2008. The State level training by Master-Trainers has also been conducted.
Programmes aimed at addressing the problem of Out-of-school Children
In line with Governments desire and global agitation for the provision of enhanced opportunities for the education of out-of-school children, UBEC has undertaken programmes and activities aimed at tackling challenges associated with the girl-child and the almajarai phenomenon. Recently, the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) set up a Ministerial Committee on Madrasah Education to advise government on steps to be taken towards addressing the Almajirai challenge. The Committee has since submitted its report which is currently being studied by the FME. It is expected that UBEC, together with sister agencies will partner with the FME to implement recommendations of the Ministerial Committee on Madrasah Education.
The UBE Commission has been and will continue to remain at the fore-front of the renewed drive for building a new Nigeria through the provision of quality basic education programmes. Challenges such as low level of budgetary allocation to basic education at State and Local Government levels not withstanding, the UBE Commission has evolved as a credible partner with all other sectors of the Nigerian economy in line with our mantra that "Education for All is the Responsibility of All". On this great occasion of the celebration of Nigeria's golden jubilee, UBEC is proud to identify with the unique Nigerian spirit and hereby reaffirms its determination to remain consistent in equipping Nigeria's posterity with functional literacy and numeracy.
UBEC believes that through these and other efforts, Nigeria is on the steady path towards achieving its Vision 20-2020 aspirations.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.