The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Chapter 2 Section 18 provided that education should be the role of the states and federal government.  In line with the constitution, Over the years, from the independence, the federal and states government have made efforts in ensuring that education is well attended. The responsibility on education led to the formulation and review of policies over the years, though not without challenges.  In the wake of the millennium, the federal government reformed the Universal Primary Education (UPE) and enacted the Universal Basic Education Act in 2004; the Act provided for Free Education for Early child hood Development, primary Schools Education and the Junior Secondary. The Act made provision for special intervention and counterpart funding from the states and the FCT which included the provision of basic infrastructures like fencing, construction and rehabilitation blocks of classrooms and toilet/wash facilities.

In Nigeria the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) was also established to oversee and look deeply into the cause of the academic challenges confronting the universities, the fund was also set up for Polytechnics and colleges of education. Nigeria has a lot of policies on education, these laudable reform policies and reforms notwithstanding, but implementation, delivery and monitoring of these policies and acts especially with the duty bearers have always been a challenge. Recently the Child Right Act was enacted by the federal government, the act also made provision for the right to education and self-dignitary for all children in Nigeria.

The civil society group which is the voice and intermediary of the government and the citizen has conducted several advocacies to relevant stakeholders in the education sector to review some of these policies that are outdated and push for the passage of bills that will help in restructuring the education sector, and achieving the SDG 4. 

Apart from the federal government budget on education and other intervention projects especially on the Basic Education, Nigeria has received several interventions from international donor organizations in the form of direct grants and intervention on education, these interventions included the, Girls Education Projects, the Nigeria Education Initiative, the Global Partnership for Education. These projects have assisted girls financially and academically ensuring they graduate and have all the skills necessary to make life decisions, provide infrastructure in schools and train female Teachers. On yearly basis, the federal and states government budgets for education in their various capacities, International and local Organizations in Nigeria also carry out several of education interventions.

These interventions are mainly geared towards supporting the efforts of the governments at different levels and comes in the form of grants to support School improvement, Teachers Education, support organizational development. The Federal Ministry of Education, through the Nigeria Partnership for Education (NIPEP) working closely with the International Development partners, United States Agency for International Development, Department of Foreign and International Development (DFID), UNICEF, and other Donors and have contributed to the education space of the country.

This projects and intervention in Nigeria were closely implemented in partnership and collaborations with the government of Nigeria and Civil Society Organizations (CSACEFA) at the National and states levels. With huge budgets by the Federal Government and other intervening organizations it has appeared that a gap has existed over time especially in the areas of harnessing all the efforts of the interventions made, to have a standard education system in Nigeria.  to this end, a conference is intended to bring some of these challenges into the attention of all stakeholders through a Civil Society National Education Conference (CNEC), using intervention results and data for advocacy by CSOs in Nigeria. It will also bring to lime light the interventions and advocacies of different Civil Society Organizations, International Development Agencies, and government (s) in Nigeria.

The world Bank has been supporting education development in Nigeria since the first republic towards ensuring quality education from basic education to tertiary.  And it appears CSOs in Nigeria especially at the grass root are not taking advantage of the opportunities to support the processes at that level. Based on the premise of the activities of Donor Agencies, Local and International Organizations, the Civil Society Organizations and the private sector in Nigeria, CSACEFA will be organizing a two days National Education Conference, where issues of national concerns will be discussed for educational sustainability. 



The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA), is an umbrella body of over 600 NGOs, CBOs and FBOs working in the area of education in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Since 2000 when the coalition was formed in the run up of the World Education Forum (WEF) in Dakar, the coalition has been in the forefront of education issues in the country engaging with the government and education partners in developing, monitoring and campaigning for quality education for all. CSACEFA is a member of the Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA) and the Global Campaign on Education (GCE). She is also a member of UNESCO Collective consultation of NGOs on literacy and EFA (CCNGO).

Conference Goal; The national conference is premised on the following goals

  1. To strengthen partnership with intervention partners and donors in Nigeria
  2. To increase the participation and involvement of CSOs in the delivery of education programs and policies in Nigeria.
  3. Provide a platform for the dissemination of intervention projects’ results in Nigeria to the government of Nigeria, International organizations and Civil Society Organizations.

Objective; The objective of the education conference is to:

  1. Further strengthen the capacity of CSOs on their roles in ensuring the delivery of education programs towards increasing enrollment and retention, transition and completion of basic and secondary education.
  2. Provide a platform for National, local NGOs and partners the opportunity to share their works in the education sector within the year and chart a way forward on achieving inclusive and quality education.
  3. Provide a platform for CSOs engagement and networking towards educational development and achieving Education 2030 in Nigeria.
  4. Provide opportunity for government to commit to the financing, efficient and effective delivery of education programs and projects in Nigeria.
  5. Create avenue for CSOs and citizens to annually develop and derive policy positions on education delivery in Nigeria.


The two-day National Education Conference will encourage reflection, discussion and capacity building around the following

  1. Dissemination on facts and findings on the monitoring and implementation of education intervention projects in Nigeria by Donor organizations and CSOs
  2. Provide leadership training on Organizational / Institutional Management and visioning for CSOs in Nigeria
  3. Engage in discussion around the role of CSOs in ensuring the implementation of education policies, programs and project in Nigeria.
  4. Discuss processes and procedures for engagement with government and other development partners in the implementation of grants and projects in Nigeria.
  5. Chart a way forward in Achieving SDG 4 through partners’ collaboration, education financing and Genders Responsive approaches.

Target audience

The conference is expected to bring together 300 education advocates and expert from all the 36 states of the federal Republic of Nigeria. To include, CSOs (CBOs, FBOs, NGOs), Government Ministries Department and Agencies, International education Partners, diplomatic corps members and youths Organizations and staffs.

Date and Location: The conference will hold in the month of February 2020, in Abuja the federal capital territory.

Venue: The conference will hold in Abuja at the Plot 779, Cadastral Zone AO, P.M.B 140, Central Business District, Abuja, FCT Event format The conference is intended for a two-day event that will include

  1. Plenary,
  2. Panel sessions
  3. Break-out sessions,
  4. paper presentation,
  5. education fair
  6. side events
  7. Presentation and dissemination of monitoring reports by donors ,
  8. Advocacy briefs, and
  9. Raise communique on education projects delivery and funding in Nigeria.

There will also be training on the

  1. Strategic Advocacy and effective Organizational/Institutional Management for Civil Society Organizations
  2. Strategic Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for CSOs.

The plenary session will set the tone for the conference, lay foundation on the break out session, entertain the presentation and dissemination of monitoring reports and updates from CSCACEFA, World Bank, FME-NIPEP, MacArthur Foundation, USAID,  and other partners.


The conference will be co-hosted by the Nigeria Partnership for Education and the World Bank.

A technical working planning committee will be set up, the committee will constitute of CSACEFA Staff at the National Secretariat and appointed members of CSACEFA resident in Abuja. The role of the committee will be to have a committee that will plan for the conference, develop conference rules and procedures and co communicate to the expected participants. Communication and Dissemination in preparation of the conference, all committee members will be duly communicated on the time, day and venue for the planning meeting, at least 3 meetings will be held before the conference.

Conference Structure

To have successful conference, the conference planning activities and events will take the following structure. October 2019: Inauguration of Conference committee

October 2019 to December, 2019    Conference Committee meeting

December 23rd 2019 to January 30th 2020  Conference invitation/ Publicity

20th December 2019 to 15th January 2020 Conference registration timeline (Opening/Closing)

  December to January, 2020          Conference Conference program of events:

Day 1.

  • Conference Opening Formalities
  1. Members presentation on Activities and programs
  2. Donors intervention briefing
  3. Presentations
  • Paper presentation sessions on key topics and Light talks
  • Breakout sessions on thematic areas
  • Exhibitions and displays

Day 2

  • Capacity Building Workshop.
  • Light Talk-Future of CSACEFA for all
  • Development of Communiqué and Press conference

 Budget and Financing

The Conference will be financed with support from the Nigeria Partnership for Education Project through the World Bank and the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for all (CSACEFA). The finances will cover the following;

  1. Conference hall
  2. Payment of Honorariums, for paper presenters
  3. Accommodations,
  4. Tea and Lunch break for participants and presenters
  5. Production of workshop materials
  6. Support Communication and secretariat planning and logistics
  7. Payment for media and publicity


CSACEFA National Civil Society Education Conference (CNEC)


Time Agenda Note
08:00 – 09:00 Arrival/ Registration Secretariat
09:00 – 09:30 Opening Ceremony ·      

  •  Introduction of the program by the MC
  •   Introduction of Dignitaries
  •   National Prayer
  •  National Anthem
MC / Conference Hall
09:30 – 10:00  Remarks

  • Welcome Speech: Kabiru Aliyu (National Moderator,
  • About CSACEFA: Professor Tom Miyashi (Member BOT)
Conference Hall
10:00- 10:30 Goodwill Messages/ interventions

  •  World Bank
  •   UNICEF
  •  USAID
  • MacArthur Foundation and Others
  • Federal Ministry of Education
Conference Hall
10:30 – 10: 45  Presentations ·    

     CSACEFA Grass Root intervention

1.    Augusta Impact (SDGs)

2.  Peter Iorapuu

3. Drama/ Side event

Conference Hall
Key Note

  • Prof. M.B. Shittu (Bayero University Kano
Conference Hall
Declaration of conference open

  • Permanent Secretary (FMoE)
Group Photograph ( All Participants)
11:30 – 12:00 Tea Break Restaurant
Panel Discussion
12:00 – 1:45 Thematic Group ·    

  • Inclusive Education and Early Childhood ·  
  • SDGs and Community Mobilization
  • Gender and Education
  • Youth Involvement and Participation ·
  • Advocacy and Governance
Break Out
2:00 – 2:30 Lunch Restaurant
2:30 – 3:30: Plenary

  • Presentation By Groups
  • Light talks and Discussions  
Conference Hall
3:30 – 4:00 Closing ·         Vote of Thanks ·         Announcements Conference Hall
Day 2
08:00 – 09:00 Arrival and Registration Secretariat
09:00 – 09:30 Opening ·        

  • National Prayers ·        
  • National Anthem ·       
  •   Introduction of Program and activities
Conference Hall
09: 30 – 11:00 Work Shop and Capacity Building

  • Strategic Advocacy for CSOs
Conference Hall
11:00 – 11:30 Tea Break Restaurant
11:30 -2:00  Work Shop and Capacity Building

  • Strategic Monitoring and Evaluation  for CSOs
Conference Hall
2:00 -3:00 Lunch  Break Restaurant
3:00 – 4:30 Plenary

  • Light Talk and Discussion
  • Presentation and Adoption of Communique
Conference Hall
4:30 – 5:00 Closing ·        

  • Vote of Thanks ·
  • Departure
Conference Hall

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The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA) is the National Education Coalition (NEC) in Nigeria, coordinating the activities of CSOs, FBOs, CBOs, Education Unions and Student Unions, working on education issues. The coalition is a membership organization, with her members and affiliates spread in all the 36 states of the federation. CSACEFA was founded in in 2000 as a response to attend the world education summit in Dakar. At the time, forty (40) NGOs come up with key positions and represented the voices of CSOS from Nigeria at the summit, since then, CSACEFA membership has increased to Six Hundred and Eighty (680) members, skilled in policy issues, project management and community mobilization. CSACEFA over these years has been inputting and contributing to education policies at Communities, State, National, Regional and Global spaces, in strong partnership with National and International Organizations working towards the advancement of education for all. CSACEFA is registered with the Federal Ministry of Education, Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML), the Ministry of Budget and National planning and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). CSACEFA is affiliated to African Network Campaign for Education for All (ANCEFA at the Regional Level, and the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), a member of the GPE Grants and Performance Committee (GPC), and a member of the CSOs2 (Implementing National Education Coalitions) at the global level.

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