To serve as a prime energizer of a national movement for the actualization of the nation’s Universal Basic Education (UBE) vision, working in concert with all stakeholders, thus mobilizing the nation’s creative energies to ensure that Education for all becomes the Responsibility of all.


Some of the major objectives of the UBE programme are as follows:

  1. The provision of free, universal basic education for every Nigerian Child of School-going age;
  2. Ensuring the acquisition of appropriate levels of literacy, numeracy, manipulative, communicative and life skills, as well as the ethical, moral and civic values needed for laying a solid foundation for life-long learning;
  3. Reducing drastically the incidence of drop-out from the formal school system through improved relevance, quality and efficiency;
  4. Developing in the entire citizenry a strong consciousness for education and a strong commitment to its vigorous promotion.


The Universal Basic Education Programme in Nigeria is all inclusive and brings within its ambit the following:

  1. Programme and initiatives for early childhood education and development;
  2. The formal school system from the beginning of primary education to the end of the junior secondary school;
  3. Special programmes for nomadic populations;
  4.  programme and initiatives for the acquisition of functional literacy, numeracy and life skills, especially for adults (persons aged 15 and above);
  5. Out-of-school children, non-formal education programmes for updating the knowledge and skills of persons who left before acquiring the basics needed for life-long learning;
  6. Non-formal skills and apprenticeship training for adolescents and youth who have not had the benefit of formal education.

The first two items, which fall into formal basic education, are co-ordinate and managed by the Universal Basic Education Programme (UBEP), the third one by the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) and the last three by the National Mass Education Commission (NMEC). This report deals with the FORMAL BASIC EDUCATION component only which is the principal mandate of the UBEP.


  • Provide Advisory services to States and LGAs on the orderly development of Universal Basic Education
  • Set minimum Standards for Basic Education
  • Monitor and Evaluate Programmes of Basic Education
  • Support Capacity Building for Teachers and Managers of Basic Education
  • Research and Development
  • Liaise with Donors and Development partners in matters of Basic Education
  • Develop and disseminate Curricula and Instructional Materials for Basic Education
  • Data Collection and Dissemination
  • Mobilization and Advocacy