Fixing the Education System One Piece at a Time in Nigeria

Twenty years ago, in the department of political science at Bayero University Kano, I came across a poster. “If you think education is expensive; try ignorance” it said. This was my first introduction to a popular Nigerian saying that captures the…

Improving Learning Opportunities and Outcomes for Girls in Africa

There is much to celebrate in girls’ education. Since the Education for All movement and the setting of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, the number of out-of-school girls at primary school level has dropped from 58.9 million in 2000 to 30.7 million in 2012 and the share of girls that make up the out-of school population has decreased from 58 to 53 percent.