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 education programmes in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi have directly supported over 1,202,000 students to attend primary and secondary school, and over 3 million children have benefited from an improved learning environment.
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 over 121,000 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.
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
Investing in the education of girls and women is a proven way to improve the health and wealth of entire nations. Yet across sub-Saharan Africa, 28 million girls are out of school. Even those who initially access school face many barriers to completing their education — financial (the costs of school or exam fees, uniforms and books), physical (the long and dangerous distances to many secondary schools) and psycho-social (barriers to learning due to hunger, grief, or lack of confidence).
23 February 2018Read in full
Two alumnae of Camfed's Ghana programme have won top awards for their successful businesses. Ayisha Fuseini of Asheba Enterprise, a shea butter processor which supplies The Body Shop, accepted two awards including Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the Invest in Africa Awards (IIA). Esther Naanbir, of Agape Moringa Processing, won Woman of the Year at the Vodafone Small and Medium Enterprises Ghana Awards (SMEGA).
21 February 2018Read in full
One hundred years ago today marked a turning point for the British women’s suffrage movement, when 8.4 million women were granted the vote -- the start of a journey of empowerment which continues to this day, and proof of what is possible when we make enough noise. In the past few weeks Camfed teamed up with some great partners to make more noise for girls’ education and women’s empowerment in Africa, "because we know what we can achieve when we leave no one behind."
6 February 2018Read in full
In an in-depth interview with Angeline Murimirwa, published by BBC News today, Lucy Sherriff explores the reasons why so many girls in sub-Saharan Africa become child brides, and highlights Camfed’s work to tackle the issue holistically, hand in hand with its alumnae and their communities.
31 January 2018Read in full