By Philip Yatai

The Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria (PLANE) programme is supporting Kaduna, Kano, and Jigawa states to develop materials to improve learning outcomes in primary schools.

PLANE is a seven-year United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office-funded programme designed to drive inclusive education programme in Nigeria.

At the opening of a three-day material development workshop for primary schools 1 to 3 in Kano on Tuesday, the Plane Team Lead for Kaduna State, Ms Diana Agabi, said the development of a foundational literacy material package was one of the integral
components of the PLANE programme.

She said that the measure was in line with the delivery of the PLANE mandates of providing schools, teachers, and learners with accessible foundational skill packages across Kaduna, Kano, and Jigawa states.

According to her, the aim is to build a foundational literacy skill.

She added that primary 1 and 2 teacher’s guides and pupils’ books were already developed during the inception phase of the PLANE programme.

She said that PLANE’s mandate also involved the development of a foundational material package for primary 3 learners for the next academic year.

She explained that “at this workshop, we will be developing, and validating primary 3 Hausa and mathematics, and primary 1 to 3 English.

“This learning materials will impact the learning outcomes of millions of pupils and thousands of teachers.”

The PLANE Senior Technical Advisor, Mr Salim Sadiq, said that the learning materials would focus on five key literacy skills, namely; phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Sadiq explained that the learning materials were being developed from existing materials, adding that the Hausa literacy materials were built on Reading and Numeracy Activity (RANA).

He said that the proposed adoption included the simplification of lesson plans, inclusion of five lesson plans per week and expansion of curricular themes through drama and games.

He added that there was also the removal of writing exercise to allow books to be reused from primary 1 to 3.

“PLANE goal is that at the end of primary 3, pupils should be able to read a text of 90 words with help from the teacher and read a text of 60 words independently.

“We also want learners to answer comprehension questions about a text they read, write short passages of three sentences, use basic grammar and punctuation properly, and recite and interpret Hausa proverbs.

“We equally want the pupils to demonstrate knowledge of food cleanliness, good habits, history, folktales and other concepts in the Hausa curriculum,” he said.

Also, Dr Aminu Saidu, the Principal Research Officer, Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council, said that the objective of primary 3 Hausa Curriculum was to improve teaching and learning in primary schools.

Saidu added that it was also to have a standard Hausa language, tell stories that would impact pupils’ tradition and beliefs, read and write Hausa language with ease and speed.

He also said that the curriculum was designed to adhere to Hausa punctuation in writing.

On his part, Mr Farouk Yusuf, an Assistant Director, Federal Ministry of Education, thanked PLANE for the support, stressing that steps would significantly improve learning outcomes in primary schools.