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ICWA Fellow Onyinye Edeh on Enablers and Barriers to Girls’ Education in Ni...

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Globally, about 130 million girls between the ages of 6 and 17 are not in school and 15 million girls of primary-school age will never enter a classroom, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Half of these girls live in sub-Saharan Africa. Girls’ education has become one of the great global challenges of our time as many girls face threats to their educational attainment.

Africa’s most populous country and leading economy, Nigeria, has the highest number of girls who are out of school, at over five million. In this lecture, Onyinye Edeh - a native of Nigeria and returning Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs - will discuss the factors that keep girls in and out of the classroom. She will address the political, social, and economic factors that impact girls’ access to learning and discuss progress thus far for girls’ education in Nigeria.

About Onyinye Edeh

A Nigerian-American who earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the United States, Onyinye returned to her native Nigeria to examine the urgent issues of girls’ health, education, early marriage and, most of all, girls’ empowerment. Onyinye holds a Master of Public Health degree from University of Washington-Seattle, as well as graduate-level certificates in the Global Health of Women, Adolescents and Children, and in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research. In addition to her academic credentials, she brings field experience in project design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, maternal and child nutrition and adolescent sexual and reproductive health; Onyinye has worked in both urban and rural/remote locations in Africa and in the US. An emerging young leader, Onyinye has been recognized by the Clinton Global Foundation as a Commitment Maker, was awarded a prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, as well as a Global Opportunities Health Fellowship. Onyinye’s ICWA Fellowship began in August 2016 and concluded in August 2018.

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