Partners announce $18m in funding secondary educ in dev countries

A partnership of five philanthropic organisations announced yesterday nearly $8 million in grants and a commitment of an additional $10 million in 2013 for innovative projects that will increase the participation, quality, and relevance of secondary education for economically disadvantaged and marginalised children in developing countries.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, ELMA Philanthropic Services, Human Dignity Foundation among others are growing their collaboration through the partnership to strengthen innovation and practice in secondary education, issuing a second call for proposals to support innovative initiatives that provide learning opportunities and life and livelihood skills for undeserved youth between the ages of 12 and 19 in East Africa, Nigeria, and India.

The Partnership was announced in 2012, and received more than 500 submissions in response to its first call for proposals from groups working in secondary education around the world. Nearly $8 million was provided by the Partnership in support of 19 projects, exceeding its original commitment of $5 million.

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