Coalition Update

CSACEFA STRENGTHENS COMMUNICATION AMONG MEMBER

Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA) began the year 2020 on building and strengthening the coalition and increasing the visibility of the coalition. states chapters in the 36 states of the Coalition held regular monthly meetings in the months of January and February, 2020. The meetings which were held at different locations, discussed issues around the building of the coalition and the Strengthening of members capacities.

States Chapters Monthly Meetings

Abia State Members of CSACEFA

On the 13th of January 2020, Abia State CSACEFA conducted the first meeting of the year. Highlights of the meeting was the review of 2019 activities, Successes, Failures and way forward, Payment of National and State annual dues. The meeting also deliberated and make plans on the on key initiatives for 2020 and plans towards achieving the sustainable Development Goals, Leave no Child behind, education 2030 and the continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) 2063. The first meeting also made plans on an advocacy to Abia State Universal Basic Education Board and Commissioner for Education  on the issue of closure of private schools abruptly.

The State also held the February meeting on the 6th of February 2020. Highlights include:

Reports.  of 2019 activities to the National office. on course.

Membership Drive: Registration of new members and payment of annual dues by all including areas.

Gombe

Gombe State presenting Policy ask to the Commissioner

Also, on the 30th January 2020, CSACEFA Gombe State held her monthly general meeting. At the meeting issues on building coalition and strengthening the membership base at that level were discussed. The following resolutions were made;

1- Continue with the campaign for state government to pay WAEC fees to the students that passed the mock exams. The government reviewed the marks upward and drops some students from the pass list to reduce cost.

2- Call on registered members to pay their annual dues and new ones to pay their registration fees.

3- Work plan for 2020 was presented and some inputs were made to it. Conclusion for final adoption will be done at the next meeting.

4- World Education Day will be celebrated in a rural Community called Zangomari. This community was chosen because, finding shows that the people in this particular community do not allow their children to attend school. As a result,  the coalition will conduct advocacy and sensitization activities to the community sensitizing them on the important of education.

OGUN

CSACEFA Ogun State Chapter Monthly Meeting Held at

  the Ogun CSOs Secretariat

Ogun State Coordinator
  1. State reports on Celebration of the Day of Africa Child as supported by CSACEFA national officeReports on High level advocacy visit to the New Ogun State House of Assembly with logistics support from the CSACEFA national.
  2. Report by Life Agenda Initiatives on Observance of World Literacy Day with a one-day stakeholder’s forum, an annual event supported by CSACEFA National.
  3. Issues on the national Conference Online Form as filled by members.
  4. Proposed Advocacy to PS Education.
  5. Initiating lobbying strategies to further engage SUBEB
  6. Interested new members were encouraged to regularise membership with the national office.
  7. The meeting was presided by the State Coordinator, Mrs. ADEBANJO T. A.
  8. 7 member organizations registered by national were present in the meeting

Capacity Strengthening of Members

The coalition in the month of January 2020, began the year with strengthening of the capacity of members at the state level. Different states have planned and executed capacity building workshop. The Lagos State chapter of CSACEFA on the 22nd of January 2020, held a One-Day Capacity Building workshop for the Lagos state members. The team capacity was built on

  1. The Case for Strategic Planning in Not-for-Profit Organizations: A Proactive Approach
  2. Building Capacity in Not-for-Profits to Create Greater Impacts: Leaving Nothing to Chance where their skills was strengthened on Advocacy, campaigns and mobilization. A total of 34 members attended the workshop and facilitators were sourced from with the members who are experts in the various topics.

 CSACEFA Engages with Policy Makers and Parliaments at the states and National Levels.

A lot of efforts have been put in place by states and national team to place the coalition as the voice of the marginalized in the education sector, and partnering with other civils society in Nigeria. with this in mind, the coalition in the months of January and February

Review of National policy on Gender in Basic Education

Lagos state CSACEFA members developing State work plan

The federal Ministry of Education in the month of February 2020, with support from UNICEF began the review of the National policy on Education. A 2-day meeting was held with education expert and partners to review develop the data collection instrument and also review the policy. CSACEFA was represented at the development of the review held at the Reiz Continental Hotel, Abuja.

Local Education Group meeting.

The Local Education group meeting which in the context of Nigeria is referred to as National Education Group (NEG) holds every 1st Tuesday of every month. The Coalition at the national level attended the January and February (21st and 5th Respectively) meeting of the NEG, and was chaired by the Honorable Minister of State for Education. At the NEG, partners and stakeholders discussed issues around education programs and projects in Nigeria like the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and other Projects. The NEG is also conducting the review of Monitoring learning Assessment (MLA), Developing the National Education Sector Plan (National/ESP), Updating the Ministerial Sector plan (MSP) using the Education Sector Analysis (ESA)

Kano State 3rd Education Week

CSACEFA Member on the 9th January, 2020 participated at the 3rd Kano State Education Week at Kano State Universal Basic Education Board headquarters, Kano. At the event there was distribution of Instructional materials to schools by the His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Kano state Governor, those also in attendance where school authorities, CSOs, media and other stakeholders.

In Another Development, Members in Gombe State participated in a one-day interactive session organized for head teachers in Gombe Local Government Area by Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB). The Executive Chairman, Mr. Babaji Babadidi, directed teachers in public schools across the state to enroll their children in public schools, to enhance performance and also make the teachers serious and dedicated to their work.

Meanwhile, On the 28th January 2020 members of Gombe state visited some media houses in Gombe to discuss areas of partnership for community sensitization and awareness. The following media organizations were visited Vision FM, Radio Nigeria (Jewel FM)

  • Progress Radio
  • Ray power
  • NTA Gombe
  • Amana FM.

A press statement was presented by the coalition pointing out some Basic and Secondary education needs in the state. Key of which is in the area of encouraging students’ retention and completion of basic and secondary education. The press statement jointly signed by all the members requested the Gombe state government to Subsidize enrollment fees of the West Africa Examination Council to enable indigent students enroll for the external exams in the state. They intend to visit Correspondence chapel, follow up with Amana FM and take advocacy request letter to the speaker Gombe State House of Assembly.

 KWARA

Kwara State Coordinator

On Thursday 30th January, 2020. CSACEFA Kwara paid advocacy visit to the Honorable Commissioner for Social Development (Mrs Deborah Abosede Aremu) to congratulate her and raise concern about some issues affecting our children’s access to quality education.

Some of the issues raised includeThe rate at which children of school age hawk/roam the streets and markets during School hours.

  1. b) The increasing rate at which girls are being abused sexually both by parents, guardian etc
  2. c) Child labour, child/forced marriage etc.
  3. d) Empowerment for women and drop out children through skill acquisition.
  4. e) Inclusion of rural women and children in the state programs.

Celebration of International Events

Gombe State CSACEFA on Saturday 8th February, 2020 celebrated “International Day of Education” at Zangomari village in Akko LGA. Community members have no regards to formal education system. CSACEFA members sensitized them on its significance. They appreciate CSACEFA for the sensitization.

SUCCESS RECORDED

1- sensitizing the community on significance of the formal education system.

2- Education committee of the community and CSACEFA agreed to meet BESDA for the enrollment of children to school.

3- CSACEFA on behalf of the community will meet with the Education Secretary of LG for posting of teachers to the community.

4- the community understands and pledged to provide some basic necessities to the teachers when posted for retention purpose.

5- CSACEFA will discuss with the district head and other relevant stakeholders for the recruitment of 3 persons that have NCE in the community for them to be able to maintain effective teaching and learning in the school.

The community wholeheartedly rejected the present school due to some beliefs. Since 1985 that the school graduated 40 students to date the school has never graduated a single person.

The community constructed a block of 2 classrooms last year at a different location which is currently serving as the school for the community.

World Cancer Day

Gombe State CSACEFA on Saturday 8th February, 2020 celebrated “International Day of Education” at Zangomari village in Akko LGA. Community members have no regards to formal education system.

CSACEFA members sensitized them on its significance. They appreciate CSACEFA for the sensitization.

SUCCESS RECORDED

1- sensitizing the community on significance of the formal education system.

2- Education committee of the community and CSACEFA agreed to meet BESDA for the enrollment of children to school.

3- CSACEFA on behalf of the community will meet with the Education Secretary of LG for posting of teachers to the community.

4- the community understands and pledged to provide some basic necessities to the teachers when posted for retention purpose.

5- CSACEFA will discuss with the district head and other relevant stakeholders for the recruitment of 3 persons that have NCE in the community for them to be able to maintain effective teaching and learning in the school.

The community wholeheartedly rejected the present school due to some beliefs. Since 1985 that the school graduated 40 students to date the school has never graduated a single person.

The community constructed a block of 2 classrooms last year at a different location which is currently serving as the school for the community.

The National Secretariat of CSACEFA Receives Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Secretariat Team.

In the month of January and February 2020, the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All National Secretariat received the GPE team in the office.

Key issues discussed was the areas of civil society engagement with government to support the implementation of the GPe projects in Nigeria. the Team Sudah, Baeten Sven and Sigsgaaro Morten, appreciated the contribution on CSACEFA in the education processes especially at the grass root and supporting the grant processes in the GPE states.

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