Kano state in Nigeria received US$27 million out of US$100 million in grant GPE awarded to the country. 41,691 girls in primary school from 12 localities in the state have been awarded N45,000 each in scholarship to encourage enrollment and retention; the program is also sponsoring female teachers for training.
Weak infrastructure, poor hygiene and low teaching quality have decreased the quality of education in Malawi since 1994 when primary school became free. With greater government involvement and international organizations supporting the nation, education in Malawi has the potential to improve in coming years.
The current U.S. spending bill in the House is restoring funding for health and development programs to fiscal year 2017 levels.
The World Bank, in collaboration with GPE, released N31.6 million to the education authority in Katsina, Nigeria, to improve 22 primary schools and award 423 students in scholarships.
As Australia is now likely to get a seat on the UN Human Rights Council for the 2018 - 2020 term, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop can make a real difference on global access to education, an area that has been overlooked by the international community.