Camfed is an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their empowerment is now transforming communities
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Since 1993, Camfed’s innovative community-led education programmes have directly supported more than 2.6 million children to go to school at more than 5,700 partner schools in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi.
Local Activists Dismantling Barriers to Education
What makes Camfed different, and helps us succeed in the most marginalised, underserved communities, is the recognition that girls, young women and their communities are the true experts when it comes to identifying and dismantling the barriers to girls’ education and learning. So unlike any other non-profit organisation, Camfed brings together grassroots, government and civil society representatives with the knowledge and authority to address education issues spanning across individual, school, district and national level.
Parents, teachers, school leavers, traditional leaders, social workers, police and government education officers make up a formidable network of frontline activists who collaborate to ensure that money is directed where it is most needed. Their constant monitoring means that assistance packages can be tailored to address not only the financial, but also the psychological and social barriers faced by each individual girl when it comes to accessing and completing an education.
In 1993, the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) was founded with a mission to educate marginalised girls in rural and remote sub-Saharan Africa. What started with a bake sale to support 32 girls in Zimbabwe to go to school has grown into a movement which, 25 years later, has educated 2.6 million children, and launched young women across five countries into entrepreneurism and leadership roles.
26 September 2018Read in full
To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the CAMA alumnae network, Camfed has released its Annual Review 2017. During the year, thanks to the strength of partnerships with schools, communities, alumnae, organisational donors and individuals across the globe, the charity has exceeded many targets.
2 July 2018Read in full
To coincide with the Day of the African Child (16 June 2018), Camfed — the Campaign for Female Education — announced the launch of an ambitious project to train hundreds of young women in rural Zambia as ‘GirlGuardians’ to protect more than 16,000 girls from child marriage and keep them in secondary school.
15 June 2018Read in full
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust has just launched its new platform in support of youth leadership across the globe. With The Queen as Patron and Prince Harry playing an active role as President, The Queen's Commonwealth Trust is stepping up directly behind the young women leaders in Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network.
18 April 2018Read in full
Camfed has been named the winner of the Kate Gross Prize for Social Enterprise at the Business Weekly Awards. The ceremony took place on 21 March 2018 at Queens’ College, Cambridge, to celebrate leaders in business innovation. Catherine Boyce, Director of Enterprise Development at Camfed, attended on the evening to accept the award.
22 March 2018Read in full
“Investing in girls' education is a cost-effective solution, and benefits boys too - it creates a rising tide that lifts all boats.” - Lucy Lake, CEO, Camfed, speaking at the Global Education & Skills Forum
The context within which Camfed works to create social change was highlighted in this article in a special edition of TES magazine, curated for the 2018 Global Education & Skills Forum
19 March 2018Read in full
March is Women’s History Month, and when we reflect, it can sometimes feel like we are still facing an uphill struggle towards gender equality. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, gender parity is more than 200 years away. And a report released by UN Women on 14 February, assessing our Sustainable Development Goal for Gender Equality, found pervasive discrimination against women and girls. But this March, let’s think instead about our progress.
14 March 2018Read in full
Girls’ education champion and former First Lady Michelle Obama today holds a Q&A with Camfed alumna (CAMA member) Pearl Quarmyne from Ghana in an International Women’s Day feature on “Refinery29.” Mrs. Obama launched the Obama Foundation with President Barack Obama last year in order to inspire the next generation of leaders and change makers.
8 March 2018Read in full