In The Spotlight

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.                                                                                                    

Practicing Shariah Law

Hauwa Ibrahim, a self-described "village girl" from northern Nigeria who gained worldwide fame defending a woman facing death by stoning, has published Practicing Shariah Law, a handbook on Shariah law for lawyers like herself who find themselves in a Shariah law court.  Born into a family that discouraged education for girls, she fought for an education from elementary school on through law school.  She now lives with her family in suburban Boston and has a joint teaching appointment at Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School.

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