ABOUT THE LAGOS EKO SECONDARY EDUCATION PROJECT
The Lagos Eko Secondary Education Project is a partnership between the World Bank and the Lagos State Government with the objective of improving students’ learning outcomes in all public junior and senior secondary schools over a period of four years. This is achieved through different components including direct grant disbursement, teachers’ professional development, standardized students’ assessment, public private partnership for technical education and the Volunteer Teachers Scheme.
The $90 million Project which was initiated to complement the Lagos State Government’s efforts at improving the overall quality of education in Lagos State, supports over half a million public school students in 671 secondary schools, over 7,000 teachers and school administrators, 12 special/inclusive schools. Furthermore, the Project builds capacity of Education Districts and strengthens accountability through monitoring and other activities.
The project focuses on core subjects (Mathematics, English and Biology/Basic Science) as it is believed that these subjects lay a foundation for all other secondary school subjects.
A key feature of the project is the disbursement of yearly school development grant rating from N1.5m - N4m to schools based on approved SIP and the students’ population. The school development grant is mainly for continuous teachers professional development, school management, and enhancement of physical infrastructure through minor repairs, provision of instructional materials/equipment, volunteer teachers and ICT.
Since inception, the World Bank’s review of the project’s overall progress towards the Project Development Objective and implementation performance has been rated Highly Satisfactory. The project is one first education project in Nigeria and one of five in Africa with such excellent rating. The Lagos Eko Secondary Education Project has now become a flagship of educational intervention not only in the state but in Nigeria as a whole.
In the past three years of Lagos Eko Project, we have seen school leaders transformed from near despondency in the first year (when they thought Government did not care about their welfare) to cautious optimism and curious interest in the second year and in the third year, to passionate and enthusiastic leaders and learners, full of appreciation of Government's intervention in the education sector.
As a principal it is my responsibility to focus on the most effective tools for increasing the use of shared leadership to improve learning and teaching. Coaching, mentoring and team building are all key when leading a group of teachers towards achieving goal. Since I attended the Leadership Practicum in the UK, cultivating teamwork has become an even more important part of our school culture.
During the course of Teacher Mentoring programme, I discovered many innovations that make learning interesting , we were made to realize for the first time perhaps for most of us that interactive way of teaching must be emphasized, students should be taken to be the core of our lesson not the teacher.
Our WAEC and NECO result since the beginning of Lagos Eko Project has been very impressive. Last session we presented 145 students for WAEC and they all passed English with merits. We had 100% success in 11 subjects including English Language. In the NECO exams, we also had 100% in 17 subject including Mathematics, English Language and Biology.