Collaborating to provide an alternative education system for children in Maradi during COVID-19

With Funding from Education Cannot Wait (ECW), World Vision is implementing the 'Support to Maradi Region for an Alternative Education System in the Context of COVID-19' project in order to provide an alternative education system to Maradi children during the COVID-19 pandemic. This intervention based on the 'Unlock Literacy' approach aims to improve the level of children's reading and writing skills. It is led by monitors identified within the community through reading camps.

The major challenge for education in Niger is that of the quality of learning, which is particularly critical in the early years when basic reading, writing and mathematical skills are not acquired and remain the weakest in the sub-region. Only 8.5% of pupils at the end of primary school reach the desired threshold in reading and this rate is 7.6% in mathematics for the same level, with negative repercussions for the education sector as a whole. This situation is exacerbated by delays in the start of the school year, the massive displacement of populations, the shortage of teachers and the lack of teaching materials and tools. 

To learn more about the 'Support to Maradi Region for an Alternative Education System in the Context of COVID-19' project, click here.