|Young girls at a school run by Fabretto in Nicaragua.
Credit: Kirsten Cowal
The Foundation's grant making in this program area aims to improve access to high-quality secondary or vocational public education. Proving and scaling successful interventions are key goals for the Education program, where scale can be defined at the local, regional, or national level. Funds may be used to develop new programs, to conduct applied research and evaluations that will facilitate replication or adoption of successful programs by policy makers, or to generate public and policy debate on the topic. We will support programs that address the following areas:
We are interested in innovative programs and policies to increase access to secondary school and vocational education among marginalized youth, including, but not limited to, juvenile defenders or post-incarcerated youth, returning migrants, adolescents at risk of early unions or pregnancy, indigenous and rural youth, and young people who have aged out of the school system. Programs to ameliorate high school dropout rates are also of interest.
This funding strategy aims to support programs that improve the capacity of teachers and school directors at the secondary level to provide high-quality education. We are interested in programs that empower teachers by improving their subject matter expertise, use of proven pedagogical methods, and strategies to support students in managing their lives outside the classroom where violence, discrimination, and economic insecurity are daily concerns.
Ultimately, programs to improve access and quality cannot become widespread without improved public financing for education. Grants in this area will support organizations that propose and advocate for improved and increased government financing and accountability in this area.
Please note that we do not provide funding for private school tuition or scholarships, child sponsorships, capital improvements, or large-scale equipment purchases.