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.
As Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo for their unswerving advocacy of children’s rights, the world is meeting a new generation of young leaders who are driving change, and who will not be silenced. Three of the activists who will also inspire the world this week are young women from sub-Saharan Africa, whose education and leadership is transforming communities and nations.
10 December 2014Read in full
Ann Cotton’s work to support community-owned, integrated education programmes for girls and young women in rural Africa was today recognised with the WISE Prize for Education.
4 November 2014Read in full
Yahaya Mumuni, a Camfed-trained Teacher Mentor working in Kanton Senior High School in rural Ghana, has won the coveted National Best Teacher Award for 2014, presented by Ghana’s Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur at Cape Coast.
27 October 2014Read in full
Camfed Founder and President Ann Cotton represented Camfed at the US-Africa Leaders Summit organised by the White House.
8 August 2014Read in full