Nigeria is a federation of 36 states and a Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. An estimated 48 percent of the population is urbanised and 52 percent live in rural areas; an approximate 60 percent of people work in agriculture. Today, Nigeria boasts Africa’s largest economy with an estimated GDP of US$479 billion. GDP growth is estimated at 6.1 percent (excluding oil and mining), due to strong performances in professional services, industry and agriculture. The country’s main exports are petroleum, petroleum products, cocoa and rubber. Oil accounts for about 90 percent of Nigeria’s exports and 75 percent of budgetary revenues. Yet troublingly, oil and gas revenues are thought to have dropped by 14.4 percent since 2013.



Main barriers to education

  • Lack of qualified teachers
  • Poor school management
  • Limited national census data
  • Security

Interventions to barriers

  • Participation of private sector
  • Renovation of dilapidated schools
  • Teacher training
  • School management training

According to the UIS, 45 percent of Nigeria’s population is under the age of 15 and the number of out of school children (OOSC) exceeds 8.7 million (GMR, 2010). With such a large school-age population, Nigeria has experienced significant strains on its education system. The country’s National Policy on Education was first elaborated in 1977 and at present provides for seven years of pre and primary education.

Recently, Nigeria has been adversely impacted by falling oil prices, which has led to shortfalls in public finances and the government’s capacity to invest in the education sector. Furthermore, violent attacks from militant groups have done extensive damage to the country’s infrastructure. Such actions have resulted in considerable numbers of displaced people, loss of life and impoverishment.

In an attempt to support Nigeria’s education reform initiatives and relieve the pressure on government resources, EAC has forged partnerships with Cambridge Education, the Oando Foundation and UNICEF to increase access to quality-primary education, relaunch an array of government-run primary schools, and train teachers and school management staff.

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Adopt A School Initiative

Adopt A School Initiative

Successfully Completed Project

Reaching 60,000 OOSC, the EAC and Oando Foundation (OF) Project in Nigeria focuses on adopting 27 schools in nine Northern Nigerian States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto and Taraba with particularly large numbers of out of school children (OOSC).
Improving Access to Education for Conflict-Affected Children in Northeast Nigeria

Improving Access to Education for Conflict-Affected Children in Northeast Nigeria

EAC and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have been working in partnership to increase access to quality primary education to out of school children (OOSC) in African countries since 2013. In Nigeria, EAC and IRC aim to reach an additional 20,000 OOSC in the northeastern region of the country.
More OOSC in School: Expanding the Reach of the Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3)

More OOSC in School: Expanding the Reach of the Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3)

Despite having the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria has the highest number of out of school children (OOSC), 10 million between the ages of 5-14, of any country in the world. Sixty percent of OOSC are located in northern Nigeria, where over 50% of eligible children are out of school. Poverty is a major barrier, as well as a mistrust of “western” education and the poor quality of education currently provided in schools. For girls, social and cultural practices such as child marriage pose additional challenges.


Oando Foundation

EAC, in collaboration with the Oando Foundation, will implement a three-year project to increase access to primary education for 60,000 out of school children (OOSC) across 100 public schools in Nigeria.


EAC and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) are partnering in Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen to bring quality basic education to over 3.3 million children.