The Education sector observed in November and December 2020 that with the second wave of COVID-19 infections some states had already begun to close schools. More reports of COVID-19 positive cases were also \reported in the north-east. During this period, the sector also saw a delay in implementation of various projects, with the COVID-19 pandemic as the main reason for this delay. This has left a serious impact on the education response in different schools and camps. Sustaining and scaling up the remote education response in the north-east and developing or reinforcing a revised response strategy to address the second wave will be essential.
The Education sector noticed a need to conduct separate Education in Emergencies working group (EiEWG) meetings for Yobe and Adamawa states to ensure their specific operational issues are addressed. This was also discussed with the Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) in each state.
For the 2021 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), the Education sector finalized the People in Need (PiN) calculation, targets and funding estimates. The sector also provided support to partners to upload their 2021 project proposals on the project module. All the proposals uploaded on the project module were analysed, approved or rejected based on the sector strategy and priorities. The sector led the first separate EiEWG meetings for Adamawa and Yobe States in November and December to ensure coordination at state level. A last meeting was also conducted for the north-east on a specific agenda relating to the Cluster Coordination Performance Monitoring, the annual work plan, and co-leadership of the sector. In terms of IM products, the January-October 2020 HRP Dashboard was finalized. On the donor side, the Nigeria Multi Year Resilience Program (MYRP) was approved by the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Executive Committee for a budget of $USD 20.1 M over three years. Three grantees were selected: UNICEF for $6M, Save the Children for $7.5M and a consortium of NRC & Street Child for $7.5M. The sector is working with all grantees to ensure the entire coverage of the BAY states, coordination among them and the complementarity of this fund with other existing funds in EiE.
The sector continues to advocate for funds for an increased response to the second wave of the COVID-19, especially as, the Ministry of Education is considering closing schools again. A response based on the lessons learnt during the first wave of infections needs to be developed. Bilateral meetings were conducted with key partners to address gaps and delay in the response. A specific meeting was conducted with UNICEF on the implementation plan for CERF and GPE Accelerated Fund allocations. UNICEF promised to finalize the process in January with selection of implementing partners. All Education Cannot Wait (ECW) grantees (Save the Children, UNICEF, NRC/Street Child) committed in an ad-hoc meeting to share the implementing partner selection plan by January and to be ready to start the project by 1 February 2021. The sector committed to discuss with ECW to get the approval and start date on 1 January 2021.