SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GRANTS TO PUBLIC PRE-PRIMARY PUBLIC SCHOOLS INCLUDING INTEGRATED ISLAMIYYA SCHOOLS
This sub-component will provide grants to public pre-primary schools and integrated Islamiyyah that already have pre-primary classrooms and meet the SIGs eligibility criteria set in the School Grants Manual Section of this Manual.
To be eligible under this sub-component, the school must fulfill the following criteria:
- Established a functioning Public Pre-Primary School
- Established a functioning SBMC;
- Received training on fund management and utilization of school grants;
- Developed School Improvement Plan (SIP); and
- Established a functioning bank account.
- Established a functioning IECDCC at school level
The eligible expenditures for funding under this subcomponent are those initiatives that can aid access, retention of pupils and improve learning outcomes in school. These may include:
- Pupils’ materials to support access and retention such as uniforms, shoes, book, bags, free feeding, etc.
- Classroom materials including relevant toys and posters (locally sourced toys and classroom materials)
- Training of teachers and caregivers including the costs of caregivers from the community (as prioritized in the SIP),
- Parent and guardian engagement and education to promote enrolment in pre-primary school.
- Minor rehabilitation such as (renovations/purchase of) Chalk/Marker boards, classroom furniture, toilets, Tricycles, etc.
- implementation of the communications strategy, and other operating costs and contingencies (e.g. administration and management costs as well as monitoring and supervision visits)
- Training on school-based management areas including managing resources, monitoring schools, supporting teaching and learning, and addressing the issues of concern to the girl-child
- sensitization of local communities and schools on the availability of grant funds
- workshops and capacity development opportunities to support potentially eligible schools’ grant applications
- in-service professional development training for pre-primary professionals
- training programs developed and provided with the assistance of local colleges of education, universities and/or national teacher’s institute
- training will focus on ECD pedagogy, and practical steps for implementing the instructional manual and national pre-primary curriculum
Key results will include:
- Increased access to pre-primary education
- Increased pre-primary enrollment and transition to primary education especially for girls and children with special needs
- improved teacher content knowledge and pedagogy on pre-primary/early childhood education
- increased level of understanding and appreciation of pre-primary/early childhood education by parents and caregivers
- Improved management of pre-primary schools by NIPEP SPTCs in collaboration with the relevant departments at SUBEB and LGEAs.
- increase in the number of eligible schools for pre-primary SIG each year
- re-eligibility for the subsequent year based on a successful audit of the SBMC’s reports and 80% execution on activities set out in the SIP