Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) Project

 The Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) is a unique and ambitious global programme that supports citizen engagement in education sector policy, planning, budgeting and monitoring. It is founded on a shared understanding that informed, broad-based and locally-driven civil society participation is crucial to delivering national and international education goals. While governments are responsible for guaranteeing the right to free, inclusive and quality education for all citizens, civil society can and should play a crucial role in bringing diverse voices together under common platforms to hold governments and donors accountable for their commitments, and to ensure relevance and equity within education sector plans, programmes and budgets.

CSEF therefore provides grant funding and technical support to representative and democratic national civil society education coalitions to strengthen citizen and civil society participation in national education sector planning and policy processes, research, analysis and tracking, and engagement and input to regional and global policy processes. Support is also provided through guidelines for national planning and operations, technical support and capacity development, and linking local, national and regional and global activities in order to maximise impact.

Through this work CSEF aims to influence policy change particularly around education financinginclusion and equity and quality and learning, and to advance and ensure accountability of global and national education goals.

CSEF was set up in 2009 through the support of the Global Partnership for Education, and has received funding almost consistently from GPE since. In addition to GPE support, CSEF has had complementary funding from Spain’s AECID (Agencia Española de CooperaciónInternacional para el Desarrollo) for coalitions in Latin America, Australian AID during a bridge funding period in 2012, and ad hoc funding from Backup Education for coalitions in Africa.


Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) Project

The Nigeria Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) program seeks to improve access and quality of education for more than 2 million school-aged children and youth in two northern states.

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the five-year program will strengthen the states’ ability to provide quality education—especially for girls, orphans and children enrolled in nontraditional schools—and improve children’s reading skills. NEI+ will be implemented in Bauchi and Sokoto states.

The project seeks to strengthen LGEA’s ability to better train and manage teachers, along with improving their capability to plan, budget and deliver on professional development, ensure school governance, mobilize community support for learning and the timely distribution of materials.

The program builds on the highly successful Nigeria Northern Education Initiative (NEI), which strengthened basic education systems in Bauchi and Sokoto by increasing access to quality basic education and social services.

Led by Creative and funded by USAID, the four-and-a-half-year NEI project worked at the state level to build and improve teacher education and educational systems with a focus on learning, teaching, school management, parental participation and responsiveness to children’s needs.

NEI developed activity-based training manuals and trained 3,568 educators on how to teach literacy, math and life skills and provide psychosocial counseling to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). It also succeeded in integrating core basic education subjects into Qur’anic schools’ curricula, and worked with communities to provide care and support for OVCs


Community Accountability: Curbing Retail Corruption in Nigeria (Project)

The community accountability and transparency project is a two years project funded by the Macarthur project. The project work is primarily focused on promoting an atmosphere of accountability, transparency, and good governance in the country by reducing retail corruption and strengthening Nigerian-led anti-corruption efforts. The project is supported by the MacArthur foundation in the on Nigeria Grants.


Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3)

The Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3) aims to improve girls’ access, retention and learning in five states in northern Nigeria; Bauchi, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara states. It is implemented by UNICEF and the federal government of Nigeria with funding from the DFID UK.

Partners in the project are Federal Ministry of Education, UBEC, NMEC, LGEA, Colleges of education, CSACEFA, FHI 360 etc.


CAMPAIGNS

The role of CSACEFA is to ensure the delivery of education programs and projects in Nigeria through the mobilization of Civil Society Organizations, Capacity build and community engagement. To achieve this, CSCAFEA engages in campaigns and sensitization, advocacy and policy inputs. Csacefa has over the years, participated in carrying out and marking both national and international campaigns at local, States and national levels. The coalition has been instrumental in pushing for reform in the education sectors in Nigeria, engaging I high level education forums and presented policy papers.

12 years campaign for inclusive quality and free education for all especially the girl child.

124 million children and adolescent are now out of school globally; it is estimated that 24 million children will never enter school. Nigeria has over 10.5 million school age children out of school with girls mostly at the receiving end. The Universal Basic education Act of 2004 provided for 9yers free education for all, which means that, the government is interested in catering for the first Nine years of the child education which covers from primary 1 to primary 6, after which the ate of the child is undecided. In most cases and over time, we have come to be aware that, these kids especially those from low income home drop after the 9 nine years, some before the 9years. This over time after dropping out of schools, exposes the child to early marriage after the Junior Secondary School or before in most cases, the girls are given out in marriage, used as puns or sent out to hawk and bring more income to the house especially with the low income family.

 

The 12years free compulsory, quality and affordable education campaign is to sensitize the parents, traditional and religious leaders on the need to support girl child education and call on the government to amend the UBE Act of 2004 to accommodate 12years compulsory education. In partnership with CBOs, FBOs, Youth Led organizations CSACEFA conducted a national and states stakeholder campaign in Abuja, Plateau, Sokoto, Kano and Kaduna States.  The campaign in 2017yieldes result as the Senate House passed the bill waiting for the House of Representatives to do the same. While waiting for the House of Representatives to work on the bill and pass CSACEFA in partnership other national and international campaign organizations are working with the media to ensure that the bill is given expedite action.

 

Over the years, the coalition has participated in promoting education through various campaigns and sensitization activities. CSACEFA has been at the fore front in the celebration of various international and National Education Campaigns and programs, aimed at promoting education and sensitizing the public on the right to education. Like the Global Action Week, International Day of the Girl Child, World Teachers Day, International Literacy Day, Day of the African Child, World read aloud and others.

 

At the wake of the Millennium Development Goals SDGs (MDGs), the civil Society Action Coalition on Education for all vigorously campaign and promoted the Goal 2 of the MDGs which was on Achieving Universal Primary Education. To achieve this, the coalition Lunch the Thumps up for Education Campaign, aimed at garnering support for implementation of the Universal Basic education Act and Achieving prima education in Nigeria.

 

Currently, the coalition is promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, with special focus on 4, 5, 10 and 17 through High Level and community Advocacies, Media engagements using all the media platforms, Mobilization of CSOs, youths and women and girls through capacity building and strengthening to effectively engaged in the implementation of the SDGs.

Membersip / Government Partners

CSCACEFA as an Umbrella body of CSOs intervening on education issues in Nigeria is has established long standing partnership with various National, Local and international Development partners working on education issues in Nigeria. The coalition has also a long lasting partnership and relationship with Ministries of Education and all its parastatals, agencies and departments at the national and states level, and at the local government level with the Local Government Education Authorities in all the 774 local governments and Area councils in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

 

CSCAEFA is a strategic member and partner of the National Education Group and Local Education Group (NEG/LEG) in Nigeria at the National and states level, representing the voices of other education Civil Societies and is strategically positioned in all the standing committees of the group.