Umar Farouq Inaugurated TWG For Alternate School Programme

A 33-man Technical Working Group to ensure the effective planning and implementation of the Alternate School Programme ASP has been inaugurated.

The TWG consists of representatives drawn from the National Steering Committee member institutions and other key organizations.

At the inauguration held in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Faroug charged the new members to be mindful of the numerous benefits of the Alternate School Programme to the children, their households, their communities and the Nigerian economy.

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“Today's inauguration of the TWG is to enable a successful implementation of this very critical programme. Through the Alternate School Programme, every child, irrespective of social, cultural or economic standing, can gain access to quality education, using the Federal Government's Social Investment Programmes, as delivered through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, to absorb certain socio-economic shocks that they may be exposed to.

“We believe that your participation and contribution will be invaluable to the success of the Alternate School Programme”.

The Terms of Reference for the TWG are:

a)Develop a Strategic Framework for the implementation of the ASP across the country. b)Design a comprehensive stakeholder mapping strategy to identify and ensure effective engagement for successful delivery of the programme nationwide.

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c)Design the consultative and planning process for effective take-off of the ASP Initiative.

d)Prepare a Statement of Work for consideration and approval by the ASP National Steering Committee.

e)Ensure the effective and timely implementation of all approved field work on the ASP.

f)Design a comprehensive Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment Framework to enhance the effectiveness of the programme.

g)Conduct detailed analysis, prepare timely progress reports and submit proposals for enhancing the effectiveness of the Programme for the ASP-NSC consideration.

h)Maintain comprehensive database and records on the implementation of the ASP. i)Undertake all other works and assignments as directed by the ASP-NSC to ensure successful implementation and impacts of the programme on Nigerians.

Members of the Technical Working Group are drawn from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of State, Education, Ministry of Information and Culture, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Ministry of State, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Sustainable Development Goals, National Youth Service Corps, Governors’ Forum, Northern Governors’ Forum, Southern Governors’ Forum, Universal Basic Education Commission, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, Global Partnership for Education, Private Sector Advisory Group - SDGs and Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development.

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Other members are from the Senate Committee on Basic Education, House Committee on Basic Education, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Senator Akon Etim Eyakenyi, Dr. Shehu Balarabe Kakale, Hon Maigari Bello, National Identity Management Commission, National Orientation Agency, National Population Commission, National Bureau of Statistics, National Education Research and Development Council, Education Development Partners Group, Save the Children, MD, NSU Microfinance Bank and Mrs Eke Nels.


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