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Kent State University and Columbia team members travels to Abuja!

Updated: Feb 12, 2020




Slideshow Captions: Dr. Marianne Martens, with the team at a local school in Abuja, signing the visitor book. Lala Hajibayova, Katie Campana, Gretchen Rinnert, Elizabeth Raymond, Tara Stafford Ocansey, and Isa Garba at a press release at the Ministry of Education in Abuja, Nigeria. School Children on their way to class on July 1, 2019.


Kent State University faculty traveled to Abuja, along with Tara Stafford of Columbia University to work with AUN Faculty and Nigeria Educational Officials. This was the first major step in the Strengthening Education in Northeast Nigeria (SENSE) Activity, as the team assembled in Abuja to define survey tools and the capacity audit as the initial grant work has begun.



School Children on their way to class, July 1, 2019

The team was in Nigeria from June 26th until July 2nd, 2019. Their journey was long, but very productive and allowed for the researchers to not only work together, but to also visit the Ministry of Education and a local primary school.




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The SENSE Activity

This project in Northeast Nigeria is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Strengthening Education in Northeast Nigerian States (SENSE) Activity.

This project required considerable inputs from a wide range of people and institutions. We are grateful to USAID for the support that makes this vital project possible. USAID’s input and emphasis towards inclusive, equitable and quality education for all children in Nigeria, particularly the most vulnerable, is greatly appreciated.

Audu Liman

Chief of Party, American University of Nigeria

Radhika Iyengar, PhD

Principal Investigator, Columbia University


Marianne Martens, PhD

Principal Investigator, Kent State University

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