My Value…More Than A Day

I stared in confusion as I watched girls in their teens throng into that large WAPI (West African People’s Institute) College hall situated in the center of Calabar, Cross River State. They came in and sat down even though nothing seemed to be happening, at least not yet but for a few colorful drop-down banners

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Equity in education: Evidence for investments in the SDG era

Nothing has inspired me more than the sacrifices I have seen African parents make to send their children to school. In Swaziland in the 1990s, I calculated that a typical rural family spent over 60 percent of its disposable income to pay for school fees, books and uniforms. The reason families are willing to devote

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Against All Odds; Mentoring Awakens Adolescent Girl’s Resolve

In March 2016, over one thousand adolescent boys and girls enrolled in the Four Pillars PLUS project school mentoring program and since May, sessions have held across project schools on a bimonthly basis. Rachael, a 13-year-old student of Government Secondary School, Federal Housing Estate, Calabar is one of the mentees on the project. Here, she

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Local initiative in Nigeria shows promise for sustainable literacy growth

Literacy development in Nigeria is starkly uneven, with northern states lagging far behind the rest of the country. According to the 2010 Nigeria Education Data Survey, only about 14 percent of children in the northwest region can read a complete sentence, while that number jumps to almost 63 percent in the southwest. Similar regional gaps

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