The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre is a pioneer in the emerging field of Education Partnership, specialising in research, design, implementation, support and evaluation of education programmes, projects and initiatives across the public, private and non-profit sectors.

It has been identified that across sub-Saharan Africa, one of the key challenges to attaining key goals of access, quality and equity in education is the limited participation of the non-state sector in the funding, provision and management of education. The professional competence to design and structure meaningful education partnerships has however been found to be severely lacking in Nigeria and in several other sub-Saharan African countries.

At TEP Centre, we believe that education is both a public and private concern and there are roles for each sector in education planning, management and funding. Well-designed partnerships not only have the ability to leverage the strengths of each sector, but also to provide equitable access to functional and stimulating education to teeming masses of Africans.

As a means to address gaps in education sector accountability, TEP Centre initiated LEARNigeria; a citizen-led household assessment and advocacy programme. The programme aims to determine foundational numeracy and literacy competencies in Nigeria’s children and strengthen the agency of government and community stakeholders to take action which will strengthen teaching and learning in Nigeria. The programme is now designed and implemented by TEPLEARN, the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) and state ministries of education, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and its state boards, the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the National Population Commission (NPOPC), the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), civil society organisations, academic institutions and corporations.

TEP Centre offers a range of technical services including:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research, including large-scale surveys
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Strategic planning and advisory including scaling up support
  • Policy planning and road-mapping
  • Programme design and adaptation
  • Project management
  • Education event management
  • Training and capacity development

An affiliate of ExpandNet and the Center for Education Innovations, TEP Centre serves a broad range of education sector stakeholders which are keenly interested in improving the quality of education in sub-Saharan Africa through collaborative approaches. They include corporate organisations, foundations, development agencies, investors, government departments and policymakers, donor-funded and assisted programmes, non-profit and civil society organisations, philanthropic organisations, social enterprises, educational institutions.

TEP Centre has offered support to programmes funded, assisted or managed by the DfID (UKAID), USAID, World Bank, MacArthur Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Misean Cara (Irish Aid), British Council, Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Results for Development Institute (R4D), Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the Lagos State Government, MDF Netherlands and Corona Schools Trust Council.


Our Vision

To establish radically enhanced education systems by leveraging the strengths of stakeholders for effective and sustainable partnerships

Our Mission

To improve the overall design, implementation and evaluation of education initiatives through effective, enduring and scalable partnerships.

Our Core Values