Globally, 65 million girls of primary and secondary school age have never attended school. Today, many girls continue to be denied the right to education, affecting poverty reduction, equitable growth, and reductions in mortality and fertility.
In the spirit of International Day of the Girl October 11, GBC-Education member Discovery Communications announced a partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to improve the education of marginalized girls living in Africa. Discovery Learning Alliance, a nonprofit spearheaded by Discovery Communications, will be the implementing partner.
The partnership will establish 1000 learning centers in schools, reaching over 1.2 million girls in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria. Over 8,000 teachers will be trained in the use of media to improve teaching and learning and implement community outreach strategies.
The company will invest £12.3, which will be matched by DFID to implement the initiative (24.6 million pounds total). The initiative is funded through the Strategic Partnerships Window, which supports the most innovative, effective, and well-evaluated pilot projects that support marginalized girls to succeed in their education.
The partnership is the first of its kind between DFID and the private sector to develop education solutions for marginalized girls.
Read more about the partnership here.