Community Participation For Action
USAID in partnership with the government of Nigeria launched the Community Participation for Action in the Social Sectors project, known as COMPASS in 2005. COMPASS sought to increase the number of pupils who complete primary school, with an emphasis on the success of girls. The five-year project combined the expertise of nine major American and Nigerian organisations to engage local communities in building high quality, integrated education and health services.
Working with Creative Associates International, Lifeline Energy provided technical assistance training in support of the distribution of 1,500 of our solar and wind-up radios to three Nigerian states (Nassarawa, Kano, and Lagos). Children in grades 1 to 5 received lessons from the Nigerian national curriculum, which included maths, language, and English via interactive radio instruction (IRI) methodology. The radios also acted as innovative training tools for national educators, district educators, supervisors and local teachers.
Capacity building of teachers was an important component of the initiative. Pathfinder International led the nine-partner COMPASS team. In addition to Creative Associates, other core team members include Johns Hopkins University, the Nigerian Medical Association, and the Adolescent Health Information Project.