Girl-Child Education Program
Henrissa Bassey, MPH Candidate
As a Bixby fellow, I collaborated with the northern Nigeria Girl-Child Education program. Through the provision of educational opportunities, the Girl-Child Education Program aims to delay the age of marriage and onset of child-bearing amongst low-income and rural communities in Zaria, Nigeria. I worked on various aspects of this program including the following: collecting data from numerous schools attended by the adolescent girls from each community, pre-testing evaluation tools, creating a sustainable database to streamline data collection, entry, and analysis; revising the curriculum of their Safe Space Girls Club; organizing and co-leading a workshop to train supervisors in interactive teaching methods; and writing ethnographic field notes.
While collecting data for the program evaluation, I traveled extensively to nine different communities, visiting the primary and secondary schools located in each respective community, and meeting with various principals, headmasters, and teachers. Moreover, I connected with the Safe Space Girls Club’s supervisors and mentors; observing sessions, establishing relationships with the adolescent girls in each group, and being constantly inspired by the intelligence and innovation of this program.