Reading campaign in Nigeria wins applause from international community


June 12, 2018

More than 150 elected and appointed Nigerian officials, diplomats, development experts and others previewed in Abuja two short films to promote literacy and school attendance among children in two Northern Nigerian states.

Shown on June 6, 2018, during the “Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus,” these locally produced films by the Northern Education Initiative Plus tell the stories of parents with little or no literacy who are nonetheless encouraging their children to read, a young girl who often misses out on education because of poor hygiene at her school and communities working together to improve education for their local children.

Among the attendees at the viewing party were: U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington; USAID Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin; World Bank Nigeria Country Director Rachid Benmessaoud; Creative Associates International Executive Vice President for Programs Earl Gast; and Chief Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Ayoade Alakija

In schools and learning centers, the Northern Education Initiative Plus program seeks to improve access and quality of education and increase literacy for millions of Nigerian children in Bauchi and Sokoto states. Funded by USAID, Northern Education Initiative Plus is a five-year program.

The one-week “Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus” event was organized by the Emergency Coordination Centre in partnership with the World Bank and under the auspices of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning. It was attended by more than 200 people.

Click below to see highlights from the event.

To learn more about Creative’s work in Nigeria, please click here.

Photos by Emergency Coordination Centre.

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