The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected 23 organizations to participate in a workshop to develop concept papers for a new program to empower adolescent girls and increase their access to education in Liberia.
The new program, according to a press release from USAID, will be part of the Let Girls Learn initiative of the United States government designed to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve.
It may be recalled that in June this year, American First Lady Michelle Obama visited Liberia to assess progress of the Let Girls Learn program, and pledged US$27million to it through USAID.
Building on USAID’s initial Let Girls Learn funding and education programs, the initiative elevates existing programs, including in areas of conflict and crisis, leverages public-private partnerships, and challenges organizations and governments to commit resources to lift up adolescent girls worldwide.
In July 2016, USAID invited the public to submit expressions of interest to participate in designing a program under its Let Girls Learn Activity to achieve these goals. From the 75 expressions of interest that were received, 23 organizations were competitively selected by USAID to participate in the workshop based on the merits of their expressions of interest.
According to the release, the concept papers developed by workshop participants will ultimately lead to the development and award of a USAID-funded program to promote adolescent girls’ education utilizing approaches that produce innovative and sustainable outcomes.
The organizations selected to participate in the workshop from September 21-September 23 in Monrovia at the Mamba Point Hotel include African Development Corps, American Institutes for Research, AmeriCares, BRAC Liberia, Cambridge Education and LINK Community Development, Chemonics Education
Development Center, Institute of International Education, International Business Initiatives (IBI), International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) and Mano River Women’s Peace Network.
Others are Mercy Corps, More Than Me, Premise Data, Save the Children, School-to-School International, and Shelter for Life International, The Kaizen Company, UNICEF, Winrock International, World Education, World Hope International and World Reader.
These organizations are encouraged to reach out to other organizations, both locally and abroad, to help broaden participation and facilitate the inclusion of additional innovative ideas.