British Council is co-partnered with Cambridge Education for the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN).
The project was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and had the goal of strengthening the institutional environment so that the government’s own resources are better and more efficiently utilised.
ESSPIN was designed to fulfil five key elements namely:
- long-term sector planning
- institutional reform – to create capable and effective education sector institutions within Nigeria and improve the co-ordination between them
- strengthen civil society’s ‘voice’ and relationship with government
- school/community development – increasing the autonomy of schools so that they become more responsive and accountable to local communities.
- sharing lessons learnt and good practice – ensuring that education reform efforts are shared at all levels of government.
The programme worked in six key states: Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara and Lagos.