Strengthening Transparency And Accountability In The Education Sector (States)
Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Nigeria’s Education Sector (STATNES) is a three year project (2018-2020) supported by MacArthur Foundation. The Strengthening Accountability and Transparency in the Education Sector (STATNES) project seeked to improve accountability in the use of Universal Basic Education (UBE) funds managed by State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Kaduna State. The duration of the project was 3 years which elapsed in September 2020 and the scale up phase commenced in October, 2020.
PROJECT GOAL: To improve accountability in the use of UBE/Public Funds managed by Kaduna state.
Focus: Tracking and monitoring of Schools, Primary Health Care Centers and Water in Chikun, Soba and Kaura LGAs per year.
The objectives of the STATNES project are to;
- Strengthen access to information on governance and administration of UBE funds and projects in Kaduna state;
- Strengthen involvement of community groups and associations in the monitoring of UBEC funds and achievements in the state;
- Contribute to the reduction of the risk of leakages and corruption in the administration and use of UBEC funds in Kaduna state;
- Enhance inclusiveness and responsiveness of service providers.
In order to accomplish these objectives, LANW adopted a partnership approach that promotes constructive engagement of host communities, civil society groups, state actors, media and service providers towards enhancing access to information and responsiveness in the use of the UBE/government Funds. Some of the project activities includes;
Training of media for enhanced reportage, tracking engagement activities of community monitors, interface meeting with service providers and community scorecards, partner’s reflection, review and cross learning, resource mobilization training for school based management committee and community monitors for maintenance and sustainability, public outreach on improving service delivery of SUBEB/government projects and weekly radio program amongst others.
KEY BENEFICIARIES AND TARGET AUDIENCE
Pupils /students in the focal schools, Teachers, school management, Government of Kaduna State /Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Kaduna State Primary health care Board, Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Finance, Budget and Planning Commission and Kaduna State Public Procurement Authority, Local Government Education Authority /Local Government Council, Community groups, Universal Basic Education Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board, State Public Procurement Agency, State and Federal Legislature whose roles include financial oversight of the executive arm, ETC.
- Increase in knowledge of SBMCs, community monitors and other stake holders on monitoring projects, advocacy, resource mobilization, conflict management, networking and how to engage duty bearers through trainings conducted by LANW. –
- Community monitors ability to monitor and engage service providers. Evidence of these engagements are drawn from the complaint’s letters written by community monitor to MDAs.
- More responsive and accountable service delivery
- As a result of the series of complaints letter to RUWASSA, the agency has commenced water points repairs across the focal LGAs.
- Priorities and needs of schools have been identified from the need’s assessment carried out and is used for further engagement with relevant stake holders
- Over 100 trained community monitors extended monitoring to neighboring communities and step-down trainings.
- 20 trained media (print and electronic) are monitoring and reporting government project in focal LGAs and writing articles which leads to responsiveness of service providers.