Meeting the Academic and Social-Emotional Needs of Nigeria's Out-of-School Children
What works and what doesn't for an accelerated learning program
The Education in Emergencies (EiE) Nonformal Learning Centers project (NFLC) project supports the literacy, numeracy and social-emotional skills of nine to 14-year-old children in Yobe and Borno who have been out of school for more than two years or have never attended school. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Creative Associates International have worked to provide these out-of-school (OOS) children with an accelerated learning program (ALP) at community-based NFLCs.
ALPs are flexible, age-appropriate programs that run in an accelerated timeframe, with the aim of providing access to education for disadvantaged, over-age, and OOS children and youth. In NFLCs administered by DFID EiE, children receive an ALP where they attend three-hour sessions per day, three times per week during nine months, to learn the basic literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional skills they need to successfully transition into formal schools.