Discovery Communications Pledges Nearly $20 Million to Fund Education Programs in Africa
The cable networks operator teamed with the U.K. government to co-fund programs.
LONDON -- Discovery Communications, the cable networks giant, has teamed with the British government to co-fund female education programs across Africa.
The cable operator, home of Discovery Channel, said it has teamed with the U.K. department for international development (DFID) and has pledged $19.6 million (£12.3 million) to the cause, a sum to be matched by the British government. Their focus will be in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.
The deal was announced Friday (Oct. 11) on the International Day of the Girl.
The nonprofit Discovery Learning Alliance will be the project's partner.
DFID is also funding 20 smaller innovative projects, delivering girls' education in Asia and West Africa.
The funding forms part of the government's Girls' Education Challenge, which is helping up to one million of the world's poorest girls gain access to education to transform their lives.
Discovery Communications president/CEO David Zaslav said: "Discovery is proud to partner with the U.K. department for international development to provide marginalized girls in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria with important resources to help them thrive."
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