In The Spotlight

'People Weren't Able to Stop Malala, and They Can't Stop Me'

Amina Yusuf was one of five girls selected to join Malala Yousafzai when she accepted her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. Amina, 18, received a scholarship from the Centre for Girls’ Education (CGE), Population and Reproductive Health Initiative – a collaboration between The Bixby Centre, University of California, Berkeley and the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria. She’s now a mentor at the centre and is on an unstoppable mission to make sure all girls get the same opportunities as her, especially when it comes to education.

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Former PCNAF Scholar Admitted to Medical School

Omazonna Amadi, who received a Young Women’s Scholarship Award from the Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF) in 2012, has been selected to attend the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine.

Last spring Amadi graduated from Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD, with a degree in chemistry. A faculty member described her as “extremely motivated and hard working, with a deep desire to help improve the healthcare system in Nigeria.”

Examining the Impact of the Basic Education Crisis in Developing Countries on the Lives of Americans

I am a social studies teacher and department head at Oxford Academy, a private boys boarding school in Westbrook, CT.  Last fall I worked in close collaboration with PCNAF to develop curriculum I could use to introduce my students to the basic education crisis in developing countries.  The new curriculum was also designed to help the students examine how the crisis impacts our lives here in America.  This experience enabled them to gain a better understanding of what the phrase ‘global interdependence' really means.                                                                                                    

Nigeria's Challenges Affect All of Us

More than 7 million Nigerian children of primary school age -  more than any other country in the world - remain outside the school system, and 62% of those children are girls.

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One of the Fortunate Few

In Nigeria, more than 10.5 million children are out of school.  The vast majority of those children are in the northern region of the country, and most of them are girls.  Twelve-year-old Nailatu is one of the fortunate few girls in school in the region.

African Art: A Powerful Teaching Tool

Nigerian Funerary ClothPCNAF helps teachers internationalize their curriculum.  We believe African art can serve as a powerful vehicle for learning about and appreciating African culture.  Students can experience the cultural richness and diversity of Africa through its art.

*Image information: Funerary shrine cloth - Okon Akpan Abuje, born ca. 1900 - Afaha clan, Anang peoples - Nigeria Late 1970s - Commercial cotton cloth, cotton thread H x W: 344.8 x 153 cm (135 3/4 x 60 1/4 in.) Museum purchase 84-6-9 Photograph by Franko Khoury National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution