More OOSC in School: Expanding the Reach of the Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3)

Despite having the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria has the highest number of out of school children (OOSC), 10 million between the ages of 5-14, of any country in the world. Sixty percent of OOSC are located in northern Nigeria, where over 50% of eligible children are out of school. Poverty is a major barrier, as well as a mistrust of “western” education and the poor quality of education currently provided in schools. For girls, social and cultural practices such as child marriage pose additional challenges.

More OOSC in School: Expanding the Reach of the Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3)

This project expands on current OOSC work with EAC in Nigeria. The More OOSC in School: Expanding the Reach of the Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3) project will be implemented in four northern Nigerian states. The expansion will benefit from lessons learned in implementation to date. By 2020, the project aims to enroll 501,574 OOSC in primary school, improve retention rates, and strengthen the quality of teaching and education at the primary level overall in the target states.

Interventions include mapping and creation of an OOSC database; identification of 800 target schools; community mobilization primarily through capacity development of school-based management committees (SBMC) to conduct enrolment drives; a public mobilization campaign via radio and TV; provision of cash transfers ($100 per child per year) to 25,200 beneficiaries, the cost of which will be transferred to state governments over the course of implementation; training for 5,216 teachers; school grants to improve WASH facilities and rehabilitate classrooms; provision of teaching and learning materials; and robust monitoring, evaluation and communications components.

Sustainability will be strengthened as a result of alignment with state educational priorities; community engagement; government partnerships at the implementation and funding levels (the four state governments have committed to contributing funding); coordination with other donors and collaboration with the national Nigerian government to enhance state and federal commitments to project sustainability.



EAC and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) are partnering in Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen to bring quality basic education to over 3.3 million children.




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.