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No Box Initiative

Kaduna, Nigeria
Joined January 2021

No Box Initiative acts to ensure inclusive education by training teachers in low income communities to better academic outcomes and endure every child attains an excellent education.

Presence in: Nigeria
Focus: Education

We keep learning about alarming statistics pertinent to educational inequality some are more concerned about what their actions do to change those statistics, for the better. No Box Initiative is one of such that act to ensure inclusive learning in classrooms. Doing this in an effective way requires a strategic and systematic approach – the logic that gave birth to the Teaching Without The Box Project at No Box Initiative. The initiative was inspired by the Mother Organization, Teach For Nigeria as a Be The Change Project – which is an intrinsic part of the Teach For Nigeria Fellowship where fellows engage in leading projects to tackle educational inequality in diverse ways.
The team, all Fellows, were posted to LGEA Unguwan Dosa Community in Kaduna State. The school faced several challenges that include; lack of continuing teacher development, lack of knowledge and approaches to achieving classroom inclusion, declining academic performance in overcrowded classrooms due to lack of applications of inclusive strategies, decreasing attendance and enrollment (especially for girls) and increase in dropout rates. The Fellows acted to change the narrative by breaking the proverbial “box”.

With the primary aim to ensure inclusive quality education and improve learning outcomes, the Teaching Without The Box Project targeted these aforementioned challenges by engaging in teacher trainings on inclusive approach to instruction with a highly specialized set of three core working modules which include; Special Education Needs (SEN) Module, Classroom Culture Module and Emotional Intelligence Module. The initiative also engaged in advocacy and sensitization on the need for community participation in the project and also play their roles in bridging the gap via the Schools Based Management Committee (SBMC) and KADSUBEB. In the year 2020, the project pilot has ensured the training of over 1500 teachers who have direct reach of over 11,200 learners.

People Associated With This Organization

Abdullahi Ibrahim

No Box Initiative
Joined January 2021
Interests: Education, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information
A Geospatial Analyst with a strong bias for Inclusive Education with over 5 years experience who helps design and lead education and geospatial sector solutions in corporate organizations, non-profits and social enterprises. He also train actors in the development space to help develop and scale sustainable projects. With experiences from education, training, and service, he helps in programmes management and design sprints to identify the gaps that restrict actors in achieving the vision.

Key competencies;
- Program Design
- Team Leadership
- Geospatial Analysis
- Project Management
- Teacher Training Initiatives
- Education Program Initiatives
- Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
- Academic and Non-Academic Research

His professional goal at this time is to solve problems in the education – geospatial space, help project leaders identify gaps and bridge them, develop solutions through design sprints and effectuation.

His actions and strong bias for inclusive development paved way for the Teaching Without The Box Project at No Box Initiative to be nominated by Teach For Nigeria for the Be The Change project of the year 2020 – and Educator of the year by The Institute of Human Resources. He also came first place in the Teach For Nigeria Pitch contest and won the grand prize, a seed funding of 1 Million Naira to scale the Teaching Without The Box Project at No Box Initiative.

Mr Abdullahi is open to learning and has some great ideas and skills that can better systems and service delivery - at an appropriate time.
Abdullahi Ibrahim is the network champion (main point of contact) for No Box Initiative.

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