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.
If things don’t change drastically, half of the world’s young people will lack the basic skills they need for work and life.
15 November 2016Read in full
With few formal employment opportunities in rural sub-Saharan Africa, the most likely path for young people lies in entrepreneurship and self-employment - a challenge most under resourced school systems can’t equip them for. In our latest blog, Zuhura Ally- a Camfed Learner Guide - explains how the programme has helped her to find her path, as she is now helping her students find theirs.
10 November 2016Read in full
Technology, and the infrastructure that allows it to be used across the globe, is often taken for granted. But in sub-Saharan Africa, technology and connectivity are not always easy to locate, purchase or use. And yet, technology can be an important tool in closing the huge gaps in education that exist in some of its most remote rural communities.
3 November 2016Read in full
Earlier this month, Camfed was delighted to join its patron, Julia Gillard, at the Institute for Government, when she was in conversation with the Institute’s Director, Bronwen Maddox. Julia Gillard addressed the challenges of running a modern democracy, her work promoting education for girls globally, and the sustainability of Camfed’s model under the leadership of its alumnae.
27 October 2016Read in full
On International Day of the Girl, the United Nations is focusing on the importance of gender equality and girls’ education to help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals - and the data gap that still exists when it comes to measuring progress.
11 October 2016Read in full
With the release of its latest impact metrics, Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education) is raising the bar for what can be achieved in girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa.
5 August 2016Read in full
On Thursday, 19 May, at the Women Deliver conference, Theresia Moyo, Head of Education at Camfed Tanzania, illustrated Camfed’s model of accountability to girls and their communities.
20 May 2016Read in full
Camfed has been recognised as the winner in the Best Customer Experience category in FinancialForce’s fourth annual 360 Customer Excellence Awards. This award recognises companies who have demonstrated initiative, excellence and creativity in how they use FinancialForce solutions, on top of the Salesforce Platform, to improve their customer experience.
16 May 2016Read in full
In January 2015, Camfed’s partner communities in Malawi and Zimbabwe experienced first-hand the mercilessness of changing weather patterns as villages and schools flooded. Subsistence farmers in the poorest, most hard-to-reach rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa are also those hardest hit by climate change. The need for strategies to adapt to such disasters has never been greater.
13 July 2015Read in full
"On this Day of the African Child, I am in London, joining the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, the Rt Hon Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development of the UK, and the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, Minister for Women and Equalities of the UK, at a roundtable discussion about just what it takes to #LetGirlsLearn."
16 June 2015Read in full