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Major Achievements

Early child care development and education (ECCDE):

This issue in concern with the education and care of children aged 0-5 years outside the formal school system. In collaboration with UNICEF the following are the achievements:

  1. Developed National Early Childhood Curriculum for ages 0-5 years.
  2. Developed National Policy for integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD).
  3. Developed National Minimum Standard for Early Childhood Centres (ECCC)in Nigeria.
  4. Developed Nigerian IECD care givers manual for ages 0-5 years.
  5. Developed Nigerian manual for Toy making.
  6. Developed Training manual for care givers.
  7. Developed ECCC Monitoring Tool.
  8. Translation of 1-5 into 13 Nigerian languages

One-year pre-primary Education:

this is a compulsory pre-primary education for all Nigerian children aged 5-6 within the formal school system. It emerged out of the concern for school readiness factors for Nigerian children. In response, SPC in collaboration with UNICEF has done the following:

  1. Carried out a study on Children's Readiness Factors in Nigeria.
  2. Developed a handbook on children's school readiness factors in Nigeria.
  3. Developed one-year pre-primary education curriculum which has been approved for use in Nigeria with effect from September, 2015. It will interest you to note the adjustment of Nigerian Educational system from 6-3-3-4- to 1-6-3-3-4 to include one-year pri-primary schooling

Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE):

this has to do with the reorientation of people's health habits especially the issue of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. In collaboration with international agencies, SPC has successfully developed the following:

  1. Core Messages in FLHE.
  2. National FLHE Teachers guide in different Nigerian languages.
  3. National Sexuality Education Curriculum at different levels of Education.
  4. NationalPolicy on HIV/AIDS for the education sector.

Albinism Education in Nigeria:

this issue is concerned with the efforts to sensitize and advocate on the challenges of Albinism and their effects on learning, schooling and well-being of Albinos in Nigeria. It is important for you to note that in the Nigeria's philosophy of education, it is believed that education fosters the worth and development of the individual for each individual's sake and for general development of the society'. In 2011, the 57th National Council on Education noted the challenges faced by albinos in terms of their vision, skin problem, poor self-esteem, myths, stigmatization and their negative effects on their achievement. NERDC was given the mandate to develop a blueprint on Albinism Education in Nigeria. In response, NERDC (SPC), in collaboration with The Foundation for Albinism (TAF) developed the following:

  1. Blueprint: Albinism Education in Nigeria.
  2. Core messages in Albinism Education in Nigeria.
  3. Frequently Asked Question on Albinism Education in Nigeria.


New issues are emerging from our society. These include the concern for security and Ebola fever. NERDC is on course and have the capacity to develop programmes in these areas.

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