“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Africa Foundation supports communities to improve the quality of, and access to, education from early childhood development centres, through to primary, secondary and high school.
Tertiary-level education is offered through CLEF bursaries –providing young people with the life-changing opportunity of attending college or university.
The first 1000 days of life has also been referred to as ‘the brains window of opportunity’.
Young children in developing countries are disadvantaged in this critical period of development as a consequence of their environment. Poverty reduces the possibility for the child to thrive nutritionally, physically and mentally. Quality, affordable pre-schooling therefore plays a critical role in rural poor communities, in assisting families to give their children the best possible foundation from which they can flourish.
Africa Foundation supports communities in developing pre-school facilities and partners with organisations who provide training to improve the quality of education within the schools.
The 4th Sustainable Development Goal aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’.
Towards this end, universal primary education was introduced – access for all children to primary schooling. While great strides were made to enroll children in schools in developing countries, funding was insufficient in many cases, to provide the necessary infrastructure and resources to accommodate the influx in numbers. Rural communities in Africa suffered the most with poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and too few teachers.
Africa Foundation is supporting more than 50 primary schools with classrooms, ablutions, kitchen/dining halls, boarding facilities and accommodation for teaching staff – ensuring that both access to, and quality of, education are improved.
There is a significant shortage of secondary level schools in rural African communities. This seriously hinders the opportunities for children in such communities, who often end their education after primary school. Those who are able, travel to the nearest town with a secondary school – either walking for many kilometres daily, or finding boarding at the school or town.
Africa Foundation is supporting rural communities to fulfill their development goal of establishing high schools for their children to attend, close to home.
The Community Leaders Education Fund (CLEF) provides tertiary education bursaries and psycho-social support to rural youth who have demonstrated leadership potential.
Available in Africa Foundation communities in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya, over 900 life-changing bursaries have been provided to rural youth who would otherwise not have the opportunity to access university.