Wheelock Receives Partnership Grant for Early Education Initiative in West Africa

June 03, 2009

US AIDThis spring the College was awarded a capacity-building grant to create partnerships with higher education institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wheelock was one of only 20 U.S. institutions to receive the award. This grant is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Higher Education for Development (HED) office.

HEDEach planning grant of $50,000 is shared between a U.S. college or university and a higher education institution in Africa. Wheelock is partnering with the University of Education, Winneba in Winneba, Ghana with participation from Regent University College of Science and Technology.  Other U.S. award winners include Tufts University, The George Washington University, and Texas A&M University.

These paired institutions will use the grants to develop plans to address regional and national economic development priorities such as engineering, health, agriculture, environment and natural resources, science and technology, education and teacher training/preparation, and business, management, and economics.

Wheelock hopes to use this grant to respond to the urgency of Ghana's early childhood teacher shortage. The College will convene a planning group that will conduct a feasibility study to assess the need for teacher training programs in this foundational area of education. This unique opportunity will allow Wheelock to increase its engagement in Africa by working collaboratively and building on existing partnerships.

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