Borno, Nigeria

UNICEF, Plan International, Pratham and J-PAL Africa are supporting the Borno State government to pilot Teaching at the Right Level


According to the 2015 Nigeria Education Data Survey report, across Nigeria, 46% of grade 3 children could not read a word and 31% of grade 3 children could not complete a single-digit addition problem.1 

Educational progress across North East Nigeria has been devastated by ten years of armed conflict. Many children have been unable to attend schools and an estimated 80% of primary school-aged children missed school in 2015.2   There is a need for robust interventions to help children quickly fill in the learning gaps.

TaRL Pilot

The TaRL pilot programme in Borno State was launched in September 2018 and will run until April 2019 in 12 schools (5 Integrated Quranic Schools and 7 Formal Schools). P4-P6 children focus on foundational skills in Hausa and mathematics for two hours a day. Currently, over 15,000 children attend TaRL classes. The pilot concluded in March 2019.

TaRL Scale Up

 Currently Borno State, with the support of partners, is scaling up the TaRL approach to reach 60,000 children in 2019-2020.

A woman writes a mind map on chart paper during a Teaching at the Right Level training in Borno, Nigeria.
Instructors practice the mind map activity during a TaRL training in Borno, Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF Nigeria
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1) National Population Commission. 2015. “2015 Nigeria Education Data Survey (NEDS).” Accessed December 11, 2018. https://ierc-publicfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/public/resources/2015-NEDS-National-011716.pdf
2) Coinco, Emily and Robert Morris. 2017. “Primary School Attendance in the Wake of Conflict in Borno, Nigeria: Case studies from two communities in Maiduguri.” Accessed November 23, 2018. http://www.nigeria-education.org/edoren/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/EDOREN-Primary-school-Maiduguri.pdf