Advancing Girls' Education in Africa

aka AGE Africa   |   Washington, DC   |  www.ageafrica.org

Mission

AGE Africa's mission is to create life-changing opportunities for young women in Malawi through targeted initiatives in education, mentoring and leadership development.  
 
We currently serve young women in five districts in Malawi: Mulanje, Zomba, Machinga, Balaka, and Mangochi.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Aubryn Allyn Sidle

Country Director

Gertrude Kabwazi

Main address

PO Box 15298

Washington, DC 20003 USA

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EIN

27-0143166

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

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Scholarship Program

AGE Africa provides life-changing scholarships that cover
the full cost of education for young women attending public
high schools throughout the Southern region of Malawi. AGE Africa’s scholarships not only cover school fees but also the cost of uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene such as sanitary pads, and transportation to or from school, in order to ensure that the most needy girls stay in school and succeed.

Population(s) Served

For the most marginalized girls in Malawi, a scholarship alone is not enough to ensure their academic success, which is why AGE Africa created CHATS—an extracurricular program designed to target the multiple causes of dropout and to meet the unique needs of poor rural girls in Malawi. CHATS (Creating Healthy Approaches to Success) is an innovative empowerment curriculum designed to:

• Develop self-confidence and agency
• Build self-advocacy and public speaking skills
• Educate young women on gender, sexual and reproductive health, and rights
• Fill critical information gaps about careers, higher education, and opportunities beyond high school
• Train girls as social entrepreneurs

Population(s) Served

The Xanthe Ackerman Workplace Experience (WE) Project is inspired by AGE Africa’s founder Xanthe Ackerman whose vision for girls’ lifelong success continues to drive AGE Africa's holistic approach to education. The WE Project seeks to improve girls’ school-to-work transitions through practical real world experience. The program provides young female graduates with workplace skills, hands-on work experience, and job skills training in the public, private and NGO sectors.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In the short-term, AGE Africa's goal is to graduate talented and disadvantaged young women who are equipped with the knowledge, resources, and self-confidence they need to make healthy and informed choices about their futures.

In the long-term, AGE Africa seeks to narrow the retention gap, and produce better outcomes for girls nationwide by creating a model for girls' achievement and retention in public school that can inform public education throughout the country.

AGE Africa's approach enables disadvantaged but academically talented young women to attend and finish secondary school and to pursue opportunities beyond high school by equipping them with the resources, knowledge, and confidence they need to succeed. Our comprehensive scholarships, extracurricular CHATS Girls' Club program, and post-secondary support strategies address the most prevalent causes of drop out. As a result, AGE Africa graduates educated and self-aware young women who are able to make healthy life choices, leverage their educations into viable opportunities for earned income, and self-advocate for their own life choices.

Since 2005, AGE Africa has provided 307* scholarships for girls at 22 public high schools in Malawi. We have also provided life skills and leadership training and career guidance for 1,152* girls through our CHATS Girls' Club program. Although 96% of AGE Africa scholars are first-generation high school attendees, nearly 90% complete all four years of secondary education, compared to just 6% of women nationwide! Furthermore, 87% of AGE Africa's recipients delay pregnancy and early marriage until after the age of 18, compared to just 46% nationwide. Almost half of AGE Africa's students qualify for higher education, compared to less than 1% of women in Malawi.

*Numbers are from 2015.

In 2016, AGE Africa served more than 750 girls through a combination of scholarships and/or life skills and leadership training, in addition to launching an internship program. However, in 2014, AGE Africa joined a historic commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative to scale its CHATS Girls' Clubs to serve 12,000 girls in Malawi by 2019. To deliver on this exciting goal, AGE Africa's Board of Directors unanimously adopted a four-year strategy for scaling-up CHATS focusing on 'readying' the CHATS model for growth. In 2015, AGE Africa worked to streamline, strengthen and improve both the CHATS curriculum and implementation plan in preparation for aggressive growth in the 2016-2017 school year. In 2016, AGE Africa will work with the Ministry to make these changes and to formally adopt CHATS as part of the official government supplemental curricula for public schools—this will make CHATS available to faculty, administrators and organizations well beyond AGE Africa's current reach.

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Advancing Girls' Education in Africa

Board of directors
as of 8/25/2016
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Board chair

Kathleen Kimiko Phillips-Lohrmann

Berens Capital Management

Term: 2009 - 2017

Kathleen Phillips-Lohrmann President and Chief Operating Officer

Berens Capital Management

Sarah Sullivan Vice President of Strategy

Orr Associates Inc.

Roland Pearson Managing Director of Capacity Solutions

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Astri Kimball Policy Counsel

Google

Clara Brillembourg Partner

Foley Hoag

Johan de Bruijn Portfolio Manager

The Rock Creek Group

H.E. Ambassador Necton Mhura Ambassdor of the Republic of Malawi to the United States

Embassy of the Republic of Malawi

Jane Nankwenya Deputy Chief of Mission of the Malawi Embassy to the United States

Embassy of the Republic of Malawi

Curt Reintsma

USAID

Kwaku Akowuah Partner

Sidley Austin LLP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes