Adopt A School Initiative

Reaching 60,000 OOSC, the EAC and Oando Foundation (OF) Project in Nigeria focuses on adopting 27 schools in nine Northern Nigerian States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto and Taraba with particularly large numbers of out of school children (OOSC).

Adopt A School Initiative

Each adopted school will receive infrastructural improvements; the establishment of Walk-in-Centres for OOSC; provision of a meal-a-day as a further incentive for children to attend school; provision of teaching and learning materials; teacher training; and training for School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) members and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBE) to support schools and help identify and enrol OOSC.

60,000 OOSC will be reached and supported to attend the adopted schools. 

Sustainability is built into the project from the outset by building the technical capacity of Local Government Education Authorities (LGEA) and SUBEs to extend and accelerate the school improvement programme. Advocacy will focus on extension across the targeted states and into the other Nigerian States with the intention that the approach can be replicated and adapted to reach many more OOSC in Nigeria.



Project finished


Oando Foundation

EAC, in collaboration with the Oando Foundation, will implement a three-year project to increase access to primary education for 60,000 out of school children (OOSC) across 100 public schools in Nigeria.




Nigeria is a federation of 36 states and a Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. An estimated 48 percent of the population is urbanised and 52 percent live in rural areas; an approximate 60 percent of people work in agriculture. Today, Nigeria boasts Africa’s largest economy with an estimated GDP of US$479 billion. GDP growth is estimated at 6.1 percent (excluding oil and mining), due to strong performances in professional services, industry and agriculture. The country’s main exports are petroleum, petroleum products, cocoa and rubber. Oil accounts for about 90 percent of Nigeria’s exports and 75 percent of budgetary revenues. Yet troublingly, oil and gas revenues are thought to have dropped by 14.4 percent since 2013.