Action Health Incorporated (AHI), with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the MacArthur Foundation, and in collaboration with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Education and the Lagos State Ministry of Education (LSMOE), hosted a 14-person delegation team from Uganda. The visitation which lasted for a week; May 3 –May 9, 2015 comprised of members of the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports, the Uganda Examination Board (UNEB), the National Curriculum Development Centre, school teachers, and a representative from UNFPA-Uganda and the Straight Talk Foundation.
The group visited Nigeria to learn about the Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) Curriculum development and implementation process, and experience firsthand classroom delivery and quality assurance mechanisms and processes for the curriculum’s implementation. Likewise, the visit availed the group the opportunity to learn about Nigeria’s rich history, diverse cultures, geography, and people. Highlights of the weeklong visit included: a study visit to the Federal Ministry of Education where participants met with the Permanent Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education as well as the Nigerian Education Research Development Council. Also, they visited the Ugandan Embassy and the MacArthur Foundation in Abuja. The team also made a visit to the LSMOE Secretariat Headquarters in Alausa and visited classrooms in three Lagos state public junior secondary schools; St. Luke’s Junior Grammar Bariga, Wesley Girls’ Junior Secondary Yaba and Ojota Junior Secondary School
It was a very productive visit, and the participants expressed their gratitude to the AHI team, the Federal Ministry of Education, and the LSMOE, noting that “[The technical exchange] has given them a great exposure to many issues concerning Sexuality Education and integration into the curriculum.”