The Federal government has selected six northern states; Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kano, Adamawa and Niger, to pioneer the pilot phase of its Open schooling Programme of Education (OSP), aimed at reducing the high number of out-of-school children in the country.
An open schooling system of education is a more engaging environment for learning and makes a vital contribution to the community: student projects meet real needs in the community outside the school and draw upon local expertise and experience, It fosters collaboration, mentoring and provide opportunities for learners to understand and interrogate their place in the world.
The beneficiaries are among the 10 states which, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), are worst hit by the problem
UNICEF report states that eight million children are out of school in the 10 endemic states, which include Bauchi, Zamfara, and the FCT.
The OSP is said to be a collaborative effort between the government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), an educational development platform of The Commonwealth.
A five-day workshop for OSP Content Developers and Centre Managers has opened in Abuja on Monday 17th of February.