Doing Good for the Girls - Local Bay Area Non Profit Recognized by UN

Asante Africa Foundation (based in Oakland) has been recognized by the United Nations as a Best Practice to Do “Good” for Girls. The UNGEI Good Practice Fund supported organisations and local governments from across the globe to shed light on best practices and lessons learnt in gender focused education initiatives. Out of 450 global nominations, 17 programs-including Asante Africa Foundation were chosen to be highlighted as unique and creative ways of promoting and sustaining girls’ education.

Oakland, CA, September 14, 2016 --( Asante Africa Foundation’s Wezesha Vijana Program - a special curriculum that boosts the girl child’s chances to succeed is highlighted as Best Practice in United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI).

Education has the power to change a girl’s life and that of her family and community. All over the world - and in developing countries, in particular - we see proof that when women are educated, child marriages and child mortality rates are drastically reduced. In fact, simply making sure that girls don’t miss out on primary education is enough to substantially reduce maternal mortality. But it’s important that girls stay in school long enough, at least through lower high school grades, before we can reap those benefits. In far too many instances, this just isn’t the reality.

Girls are far less likely than boys to complete primary (elementary or middle) school, especially in low-income countries where only 20% have achieved gender parity at the primary level and 10% at the lower secondary level. These findings are highlighted in UNESCO’s Gender Summary Report, which analyses data from the 11th annual Education for All Global Monitoring Report. The report was released in partnership with the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI).

Project Highlights
From 2014 -2016, the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), launched the UNGEI Fund for Documentation of Good Practice in Girls’ Education and Gender Equality.

Out of 450 global nominations, 17 programs - including Asante Africa Foundation (local Bay Area Based Non Profit) - were chosen to be highlighted as unique and creative ways of promoting and sustaining girls’ education. Overall, the case studies demonstrated that even small-scale programs aimed at changing attitudes towards girls and women in the context of education, can contribute to gender equality in the wider society.

Case studies also found that undergoing workshops that teach them about health, or build up their unique strengths and capabilities, made girls that much more confident in aspiring for professional and personal opportunities beyond school. More so when programs engaged the boys and the whole community by fostering changes in attitudes and behaviors, and by focusing on increasing girls’ agency and self-confidence.

“Complex systemic problems require a systemic solution. When keeping girls in school we need the community, parents, and boys to be a part of the equation. We witness firsthand the power of knowledge when the girls stand up with confidence.” - Erna Grasz, CEO of Asante Africa Foundation

Find out more
To ensure that these project findings are shared with sector wide practitioners, researchers and donors, a website has been established to centrally host materials. To view case studies and learn more about the project, visit

About Asante Africa Foundation
Asante Africa Foundation believes that knowledge is the catalyst to empower the next generation of change agents. This globally guided and locally led organization in Kenya and Tanzania is recognized for delivering educated and resilient youth with the ability to confidently address life’s challenges, thrive in the global economy, and generate positive change.

To learn more about Asante Africa Foundation, please visit us at email at

UNGEI is a multi-stakeholder partnership committed to improving the quality and availability of girls’ education and contributes to the empowerment of girls and women through transformative education. It strives to promote girls’ education and gender equality through policy advocacy and through its support of governments and development actors. For more information about UNGEI and their work, visit:

For further information on the Asante Africa Foundation, please contact:
Megha Bagga, Communications, +1 916-801-2234,
Asante Africa Foundation
Megha Bagga
Best Practice Case Study submitted to UNGEI

Best Practice Case Study submitted to UNGEI

United Nations girls advancement education initiative empowering girls to create their future.