Three stages of girls’ education and development that can change everything
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).
At the recent Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference in Dakar, Senegal, donors countries committed $2.3 billion and developing countries committed $110 billion to fund education. For Camfed, Quality Education (SDG 4) means enabling girls to complete their education, become financially independent and active in decision-making and leadership positions. The results have a positive impact in achieving nearly all our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), providing tangible benefits to girls’ families, communities and countries:
1. School Years
Challenge: A United Nations report in 2015 showed that not a single sub-Saharan African country has an equal number of boys and girls in secondary education. Dropping out of school leaves girls at greater risk of child marriage, early pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.
Our Solution: Camfed commits to supporting each girl through the entire secondary school cycle, providing the support she needs to stay in school, such as school fees, supplies, a uniform and essential personal items. Importantly, we also train Teacher Mentors to look after girls’ psycho-social needs, building self-esteem and providing emotional support.
Key Fact: Educated women marry later, have smaller, healthier families, and invest in their children’s education
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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