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Connected Development [CODE] is a non government organization whose mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa. We strengthen local communities by creating platforms for dialogue, enabling informed debate, and building capacities of marginalized communities which will bring about social and economic progress within communities, while promoting transparency and accountability.

Published by African Educational Research Network (AERN -, The African Symposium is an interdisciplinary, fully referred, online journal dedicated to the publishing the finest scholarship related to African (mostly Nigerian) educational and human development issues in all disciplines.

In July 2012 and 2014 representative stratified samples of public primary schools, head teachers, teachers and pupils were surveyed in the six Nigerian states where the DFID/UKaid-funded Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria works. This... More


The Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) (2008–17) seeks to improve learning outcomes for children of basic education age in six Nigerian states: Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara and Lagos. The aims of the ESSPIN Composite... More


This EDOREN Policy Brief addresses the trends in access to schooling over a decade, noting in particular how inequalities in access have changed. There is a long history of global and Nigerian studies showing unequal access to schooling due to... More


Private schools are the main education providers in Lagos. Pupils studying in private schools (and Bridge schools) in Lagos perform better on average in literacy and numeracy than pupils in public schools, even when factoring in background... More