The key to success in life is education
Nelson Mandela, a great advocate for both education and conservation, recognised the interrelationship between nature and humans as fundamental to our mutual prosperity. “Ultimately, conservation is about people,” he encouraged us, “if you don’t have sustainable development around these [wildlife] parks, then people will have no interest in them, and the parks will not survive.” The great statesman also counselled us that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Having recognised these truths and imbibed them at the heart of the organisation, Africa Foundation has been working for three decades to improve the quality of, and access to, education in rural communities in conservation landscapes; from early childhood development centres, through to primary, secondary and high schools.
Tertiary-level education is offered through bursaries giving young people the life-changing opportunity of attending college or university. Investment in knowledge certainly pays the highest interest long-term.
Education impact snapshot
Community schools supported.
School classrooms built.
Kitchens & dining halls built.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
Our education portfolio
The first 1000 days of life has also been referred to as ‘the brain’s window of opportunity’. Young children in developing countries are disadvantaged in…
this critical period of development as poverty reduces the possibility for the child to thrive nutritionally, physically and mentally. Quality, affordable pre-schooling plays a critical role in rural poor communities, assisting families to give their children the best possible foundation so 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.
The 4th Sustainable Development Goal aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’…
As such, universal primary education was introduced giving all children access to primary schooling. Kids in developing countries are enrolled in schools but infrastructure and resources to meet their needs is lacking. Rural communities suffer most with inadequate facilities, overcrowded classrooms and too few teachers. Africa Foundation supports more than 50 primary schools with classrooms, ablutions, dining halls, boarding facilities and teachers accommodation.
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 fulfil their development goal of establishing high schools for their children to attend, close to home.
Future Leaders Bursary Fund
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.
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