Numerous nonprofits dedicate themselves to foreign education initiatives
April 03, 2013
There are numerous countries across the globe in which citizens don't have the same secondary education opportunities that Americans do. As such, there are a number of nonprofit groups that have recently decided to make grants in order to share the wealth and ensure people from all walks of life have the chance to go to high school.
Five separate organizations pledged to give a total of $8 million in grants, and they also made an additional commitment of $10 million this year. The MacArthur Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, the Human Dignity Foundation, ELMA Philanthropies Services and another unidentified group gathered to give the grants to various initiatives in East Africa, India and Nigeria in the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE).
"Education beyond primary school remains out of reach for millions of children, especially girls," MacArthur Foundation vice president of international programs Barry Lowenkron explained. "We are looking for fresh thinking about providing quality secondary education, so that every child has a chance at living a fulfilled life."
The PSIPSE formed in early 2012 to promote secondary education and is actually made up of not only the five organizations, but private donors as well. Each year, the group releases a Call for Proposals - 2012's yielded $8 million in support, while donors have already pledged $10 million to support this year's initiatives.