MasterCard supports initiative for secondary education in East Africa

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The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE), a partnership of private donors and foundations, has launched an $8 million calls for proposals aimed at seeking new ideas and solutions to improve the quality of secondary education in East Africa.

According to a statement released on Wednesday, the PSIPSE said the calls for proposals will culminate in funding from next year in support of projects that pilot innovations, adapt successful models, and inspire collaborations towards improving quality secondary education in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda.

“The world has made impressive strides in providing primary education to children Worldwide,” said Tareq Al Gura, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, a PSIPSE member. “However, without opportunities for secondary education, children have little chance to improve their livelihoods, and the progress made at primary level could be jeopardized. Through this call for proposals by PSIPSE, we aspire to foster novel approaches to gain ground in the quest for quality secondary education.”

Projects seeking for funding through the PSIPSE are expected to apply innovative approaches that enable teachers to better act as facilitators of learning, improve adolescents’ learning outcomes, and promote 21st century employment-relevant skills.

Founded in 2012, the PSIPSE seeks to improve the educational outcomes for marginalized populations in developing countries, particularly in Africa. The partnership includes several foundations including The MasterCard Foundation, Dubai Cares, Echidna Giving, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Since 2015, PSIPE has provided $50 million to 58 education projects in eight countries.

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