Girl-Child Initiative: Enhancing Sexual and Reproductive Health in Northern Nigeria

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

As part of the UNFPA 7th Country Program of Support to the Government of Nigeria and implemented by the Population & Reproductive Health Initiative through the Centre for Girls’ Education (CGE) with support from national and international donors, the Girl-Child Initiative project will be scaling-up community-based safe spaces across 3 states in Northern Nigeria—Kaduna, Kano, and Sokoto States—for rural and low-income urban adolescent girls to improve their core academic competencies and to acquire critical life skills that would positively impact their health.

Transitions: Enhancing and Complementing Secondary Education for Girls in Northern Nigeria

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur & THE INTEL FOUNDATIONS | 2014-2016 

Through the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE), the MacArthur and Intel Foundations are investing in the Centre for Girls' Education (CGE) to pilot a complementary educational enrichment program that combines school-based safe spaces to deliver quality, relevant, and accessible learning to secondary school-aged girls in rural communities in Kaduna State, Nigeria. The project seeks to complement government secondary schooling by improving girls’ core academic performance and providing opportunities for them to acquire critical life skills not currently offered in secondary education. It is designed to support girls as they transition from primary to junior secondary school—a critical time for school withdrawal.

 

Girl-Child Education: Equipping Girls with Life Skills Through Community-based Learning Clubs

Malala Fund

The Malala Fund is providing funding to the Centre for Girls' Education (CGE) to support hundreds of in- and out-of-school girls in Northern Nigeria through learning clubs held in spaces in the community where adolescent girls can meet safely on a regular basis. In these community-based safe spaces led by a local mentor, groups of girls are taught literacy and numeracy skills as well as life and livelihood skills. Funding also supports CGE’s provision of scholarships to cover school-related expenses for girls in secondary school. The project is reducing social and economic barriers to girls' education, helping to delay marriage, and expanding the critical years in which girls can acquire assets and skills that will serve them as adults.