The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Creative Associates International (Creative) implemented the Education in Emergencies (EiE) project in Nigeria to provide formal and non-formal education to crisis-affected children. One of EiE project interventions was a remedial tutoring program that trained 1,305 tutors who supported 22,162 children to improve their basic literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional skills. The program’s impact was studied via randomized evaluation which found positive impacts on literacy and numeracy and limited improvements in social-emotional skills. This brief explores the results of a cost-effectiveness analysis of the tutoring intervention.

Supplementary tutoring for under-performing students cost an average of £63 (2019 GBP) per student and achieved small to moderate impacts in students’ literacy and numeracy scores. This fits with a number of other studies of remedial tutoring which show consistently low costs and moderate impacts, resulting in a cost effective “best bet” for improving learning outcomes.