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    Breaking Down Barriers

    April 17, 2017

    When Discovery Communications saw an opportunity to improve access to quality education for marginalized girls in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria, Arent Fox was there to provide pro bono legal work for Discovery Learning Alliance, a nonprofit supporting a new partnership between Discovery Communications and the United Kingdom. Discovery is investing $19.2 million into girls’ education, which will be match-funded by a grant to Discovery from the UK Department for International Development, with Discovery Learning Alliance as the initiative’s implementing partner. 

    Arent Fox partner Anthony Lupo and associate Leah Montesano provided the pro bono legal counsel for Discovery and were supported by associates Charlyn Ho and Amy Salomon.

    “Discovery is proud to partner with the UK Department for International Development to provide marginalized girls in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria with important resources to help them thrive,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications. “As the world's number one nonfiction media company, Discovery has kept education core to its mission, and through our global efforts, we have utilized the power of media to improve lives and support community development.”

    To get more girls in school and ensure quality education, the Discovery Communications’ program will reach over 1.2 million marginalized girls, and achieve a wider impact for boys and members of their families and communities in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria by:

    • Establishing 1,000 Learning Centers in schools, providing sustainable technology, exciting video programming, and training to 8,000 teachers on using media to improve teaching and learning, as well as implementing community outreach strategies.
    • Collaborating with girls and experts to develop nationally broadcast television discussion shows where issues of gender can be woven into the public dialogue.
    • Training and supporting communities on how to develop and implement their own action plans to address gender marginalization issues, including supporting self-formed girls clubs for in and out-of-school girls to encourage them to attend, stay and succeed in school.