March 10, 2016

RANA Project: The strength of indigenous organizations in catalyzing key stakeholders to action

Written by Robert Chiegil -Acting Country Director FHI360 Nigeria

Nigerian adults around a table

This article elucidates the strength of indigenous Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in catalyzing key stakeholders to action, charging local political economy, as well as pulling down barriers to accessing policy makers.

It was in the wake of Monday, February 1, 2016, RANA team arrived Katsina State, the Home of Hospitality. Upon our arrival at the Reading and Numeracy Activity (RANA) project office in Katsina, we were welcomed by the warmth of the Sun and that of the Katsina people. RANA (a word in Hausa for Sun), is the acronym of the project name-Reading and Numeracy Activity. The RANA project aims to improve the quality of literacy and numeracy instruction for girls and boys in primary grades 1–3 in approximately 200 schools in Katsina and Zamfara states. These schools and states form a subset of UNICEF’s Girls’ Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3), the impact of which RANA expects to enhance by using gender-sensitive methodologies in four major components of the education system: teacher professional development, teaching and learning materials, involved communities and sustainable government ownership.

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