The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced that the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education, a collaboration with the MasterCard and Intel foundations, Dubai Cares, Echidna Giving, and an anonymous donor, has awarded fifteen grants totaling $10.3 million to improve secondary education in developing countries.
Grants ranging from $143,000 to $2 million will support projects that pilot new approaches, scale successful models, and research critical questions related to improving quality and access in secondary education. The recipients include Avanti Fellows, which was awarded $520,000 to develop a model to deliver science and mathematics education through an afterschool program for secondary students enrolled in municipal schools in Chennai, India; Teach for All, which will receive $910,000 to expand the sub-Saharan African affiliate of its model program, which recruits a nation's most promising teachers and academic leaders into the education sector; the Supply Education Group, which was awarded $143,000 to develop a secondary education curriculum centered on service-learning and human rights for marginalized youth in Nairobi, Kenya; and South Saharan Social Development Organisation, which will receive $573,000 to use radio to improve adolescents’ learning outcomes in the Nigerian states of Adamawa and Enugu.
"Secondary education is a critical step in a young person's journey to higher education or the workforce," said MasterCard Foundation president and CEO Reeta Roy. "This partnership is testing new ideas and scaling approaches that have the potential to transform how young people access education, while also improving the quality and relevance of what is being taught."