University of California, Berkeley, Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability
Grants to University of California, Berkeley, Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability
2013 (Duration 2 years, 8 months)
Girls' Secondary Education in Developing Countries
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — Located at the University of California, Berkeley, the Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability works in Africa and Asia. The Center and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria, Nigeria have been working collaboratively on girls’ education for over a decade. In 2008, they jointly established the Center for Girl-Child Education, a girls’ education learning hub in Northern Nigeria. Building on this partnership and in collaboration with the Zaria and Giwa Zonal Ministry of Education Offices, the Bixby Center will pilot, “Transitions,” an educational enrichment program combining school- and community-based safe spaces to reach secondary school-aged girls in rural communities outside of Zaria City in Kaduna. Using school-based safe space clubs, Transitions will combine community engagement, mentored tutoring, reduction of school fees, and support of female teachers to improve girls’ academic performance and increase girls’ transition rate from primary to secondary school.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded University of California, Berkeley, Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability $543,000 between 1978 and 2016.