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The information provided below was submitted as at 2020-06-05 16:13:18 by the Federal Ministry of Education of Nigeria in responding to the AU Survey of Member States on Education Sector Response to COVID-19. The information is solely for experience sharing purposes and not to be used for other purposes without express permission of the African Union Commission. 


Country Nigeria
Ministry Federal Ministry of Education 
Education level handled by the Ministry Secondary, Tertiary Education, TVET
Number of Schools in Secondary 104
Number of Schools in Tertiary 78
Number of Schools in TVET 66
Does the Ministry have a COVID-19 response plan? Yes
Objectives and Priorities of the COVID-19 response plan 1. To mitigate the immediate effect and impact of the Pandemic on the Education Sector.
2. To enhance the sector's responsiveness and resilience in providing inclusive quality education at all levels.
 Percentage estimate of Schools Closed 90-100
 Percentage estimate of Schools Offering Distance/Virtual Education 30-49
 Percentage estimate of Students who are currently receiving Virtual/Distance Education 30-49
Methods for the provision of Distance/Virtual Education Lessons are scanned and sent through email for students to complete., Interaction through WhatsApp/Telegram or other social messaging applications between students and teachers, Online lessons via government owned e-learning portal, Online lessons via public-private partnership led e-learning portal, TV, Radio
Specific Innovations which are being implemented Creativity
Thinking outside-the-box
Deployment of smart solutions
Partners which are supporting the Ministry of Education to respond to COVID-19 GPE, Mastercard Foundation, Save the Children, DFID, UNESCO, UNICEF, USAID, World Bank
Is there a plan for reopening schools? Yes
Does the reopening plan include a back to School campaign? Yes
Does the reopening plan include catch-up strategies for the school calendar and or curriculum? Yes
Objectives and priorities of the plan to reopen Schools 1. To ensure a systemic phased reopening of schools that factors resources availability to meet requirements and differentials in COVID-19 effect, impact and vulnerabilities across schools and communities.
2. To ensure continued safe and quality teaching and learning activities by learners, teachers and education managers.
3. To ensure adequate preparedness and readiness of schools for safe reopening and resumption of academic and other ancillary activities without placing the health, safety and security of learners, teachers and education managers at risk. 
Is there a separate strategy/strategies for girls to catch up on their education due to the impact of COVID-19? Yes
Challenges that have been encountered by the Ministry while responding to COVID-19 Availability of Virtual Learning Technology Hardware and Infrastructure, Internet Connectivity to support deployment Virtual Learning platforms, Technical capacity gaps for Virtual/Distance Education Support Personnel, Financing gaps.
Date Submitted 05-06-2020


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