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.
This International Day of Charity, Camfed celebrates the philanthropy that happens in our communities every day - mothers who prepare school meals and Camfed alumnae who use business profits to support more children. Just weeks ago they joined Camfed Zimbabwe to launch bursaries in support of 23,384 disadvantaged secondary school children in partnership with the Ministry for Primary and Secondary Education, made possible through a grant by the UK government.
5 September 2017Read in full
Graduation season is upon us, with many young people in the UK receiving their exam results. It's a pivotal moment, the culmination of years of academic endeavour and the beginning of a new chapter. At Camfed partner schools in rural Africa, thousands of girls are celebrating being the first graduates in their families. Recently in Ghana, 1,500 Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Camfed gathered for a Senior High School graduation ceremony on the theme of ‘Shaping the future of young women’.
17 August 2017Read in full
Climate change and its devastating consequences regularly make the news - from the uncertain future of the Paris Accord, and this week’s launch of the documentary film An Inconvenient Sequel, to the floods and droughts that are taking lives and threatening livelihoods across the world, disproportionately affecting the poorest populations. Mostly overlooked by the mainstream media, however, is the compelling evidence for one of the most effective ways of tackling climate change: girls’ education.
15 August 2017Read in full
A few weeks before world leaders met for the G20 Summit, young men and women from across Africa met at the Mastercard Foundation Baobab Summit 2017 in Johannesburg. Under the #GiveBack summit theme, students discussed inclusion, social entrepreneurship and collective action for long term and sustainable change. Among them was Dorcas Apoore, a Mastercard Foundation Scholar at Camfed from northern Ghana.
2 August 2017Read in full
Today Camfed releases its Annual Review 2016. With its CAMA alumnae network — projected to grow to 100,000 this year — it is more than halfway towards its five-year goal of supporting one million marginalised girls in rural Africa through secondary school.
6 July 2017Read in full
May was a busy month for Camfed Ghana, with 5,733 secondary school leavers inducted into the CAMA alumnae network, and the launch of a Transitions Programme for graduates in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation.
5 June 2017Read in full
It’s a winning combination: the lived experience of young women graduates in Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network paired with e-reader technology, which brings thousands of books to some of the most marginalized students in rural Tanzania.
1 June 2017Read in full
It’s Global Action Week on Education, and today’s letter from the UK’s International Development Committee (IDC) to the Secretary of State for International Development couldn’t be more timely in underscoring the need for urgent investment in education, and highlighting the benefits of reaching the most marginalised, including girls, in particular.
27 April 2017Read in full