On June 29, the Center for Universal Education hosted an event on the promotion of girls’ education in Kenya, Nepal and Zimbabwe. During the event, CUE’s three guest scholars presented their research on advancing quality education for girls in their respective countries following their participation in CUE’s Global Scholars Program. In July 2012, they returned to their home countries to embark on projects that seek to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for girls in their communities.
Mary Otieno discussed mentoring adolescent girls in Kenya at the primary school level on menstrual, educational and psychosocial challenges and the impact on school attendance, retention and academic performance over time. Babita Rana presented her work on girls’ learning opportunities at the secondary school level in Nuwakot District, Nepal, focusing on ways to mitigate high dropout rate. Finally, Pamhidzayi Berejena Mhongera focused on a community system framework for coordinating education transitional services for adolescent orphan girls in Zimbabwe. Director and Senior Fellow Rebecca Winthrop moderated the discussion. The guest scholars’ research findings and intervention plans may be downloaded here.