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Nigeria: Northeast - Joint Education Needs Assessment (JENA), November 2017


The Joint Education Needs Assessment (JENA) was commissioned on behalf of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Education, donors, and development and humanitarian partners. It aimed to get an overview of the current situation of education throughout the three states most affected by the insurgency (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe). It also sought to establish which activities could support the resumption of education in a sustained way after years of fighting, displacement, drought and economic crisis.


The focus of the assessment was the education sector in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. All formal schooling levels (pre-primary, primary, junior secondary and senior secondary) within the government system were included. The assessment consisted of three components: a review of secondary data, key informant interviews at the school level (cross-checked with enumerator observation checklists) and focus group discussions with teachers, parents and youth.

All accessible LGAs within Borno were considered for data collection. All LGAs in Adamawa and Yobe bordering Borno were also considered, as well as affected LGAs in Adamawa bordering Cameroon or hosting significant IDP populations (see Annex F for details of LGAs included in the assessment). Of the LGAs considered, 27 were included in primary data collection (16 in Borno, 8 in Adamawa and 3 in Yobe).

Key findings: 

The JENA plan was to visit functional schools. However, several schools that were expected to be open were not holding classes when the assessment teams visited them. Three of the schools were in Konduga LGA, Borno, and all reported the same reason for being closed – ‘insecurity in or around the school, real or perceived.’ Konduga is a large LGA located to the south and west of Maiduguri/Jere. Most of Konduga is currently inaccessible and the assessment took place mainly in Konduga Town, the main urban centre of the LGA and one of the few accessible areas. Security incidents are a regular occurrence42 in Konduga LGA. The fourth closed school was in Jere where the reason was given that “school was damaged either deliberately or in the fighting.”

Sample size: 
332 schools
Assessment Report: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Date(s): 
с 24 Сен 2017 по 27 Дек 2017
Report completed
Unit(s) of Measurement: 
Collection Method(s): 
Key Informant Interview
Focus group discussion
Baseline data analysis
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Displaced population
Host communities
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Assessment Capacities Project
United Nations Children's Fund
Government of Nigeria - State Universal Basic Education Board
Government of Nigeria - Ministry of Education
Norwegian Refugee Council
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