simultaneous action on multiple
fronts. Support for schools is accompanied by support for communities, support for state
and local government and support
for federal policies and budgets.
Two-thirds of ESSPIN programme resources are allotted to
providing technical assistance,
from both inside and outside
Nigeria, to improve teaching
and management skills in schools
and the governance of education
at State and Federal level.
An Integrated Approach to School Improvement
ESSPIN’s approach to raising standards in Nigerian schools is to focus support on the key elements that work together to deliver quality education – an integrated approach – rather than tackle problems in isolation.
For schools to be transformed into dynamic learning environments many things need to happen simultaneously. There need to be changes in the educational system as a whole, such as improving educational management, teaching skills, school infrastructure and
learning materials. There also need to be changes outside schools, for example in education funding and governance structures
and systems, and in the social and cultural attitudes of parents and communities.