Promoting quality education for all.

Taking CHARGE through CHATS: A program to reach 12000 girls in secondary school in Malawi

by Kristina Lederer, 

Last September, at the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative, Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa (AGE Africa) joined a collaboration of 30 civil society organizations, governments, private sector partners, and multilateral organizations in making a historic commitment to improve educational and leadership opportunities for young women and girls. 

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So You Want To…Intern with a UN Agency: Elke’s Experience

by Elke-Esmeralda Dikoume, 

Following my experience at the training, I have been blessed with beginning my Master’s program in Fall 2014, and starting my internship here at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!  I figured I would share a bit about my experience, so that those interested in International development or working for international organizations (namely the UN), can get a little bit of insight into how to start!

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My vision for girls’ education in Africa: Safety in Schools

by Fatty Al Ansar, 

When I think of girls’ education in Africa, I dream of a continent where women and men are treated equally. I long for a continent where women are equal contributors to society; a continent where girls receive the same opportunities as their male counterparts so they can tap into their inherent potential. I would love to see every single girl have access to a free, quality education in Africa. 

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Empowering Girls Through Education: Inspiring Stories from Tanzania

By Dr. Aimée Bessire, 

Only 1 percent of Tanzanian girls complete secondary school. The numbers are not much better for boys, but it is clear that girls have a much harder road to travel to get an education. Girls face great obstacles to their education including unaffordable school fees, families privileging sons education over daughters, expectations of hours of household chores and being responsible for younger siblings, and high dropout rates with pregnancies, to name but a few. It is even more difficult for girls living in rural communities where there are often great distances between schools.

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Reversing privatization of education: Case study of Rwanda

by Rukabu Andy Benson, 

After the introduction of nine year basic education in 2007 and 12 year basic education by the government of Rwanda in 2010, many of the private schools have lost the majority of their students. Some of them even ended up closing the doors. Private schools leaders blame these two programs as the main cause for their collapse, but the government did not intend to close private schools. Through its efforts of bringing positive changes in public and government aided schools, they are making public schools more affordable to parents and students which has made it difficult for some private schools to compete. 

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Why Malawi’s Ban on Child Marriage is a Game-Changer for Girls’ Education Everywhere

by Joyce Mkandawire and Dr. Denise Raquel Dunning, 

Malawi banned child marriage last month. The new legislation increasing the legal age of marriage from 15 to 18 is a major victory for girls in Malawi, and a game changer for girls’ education everywhere. 

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