Camfed (Campaign for Female Education) was founded in 1993 to educate girls and empower women to become leaders of change, and so fight poverty in rural Africa. Camfed’s girl-centred model is distinct within the education sector for its principles of child protection, power-sharing at the grassroots, and long-term commitment to enable girls to complete primary and secondary education. As part of its sustainability model, Camfed created Cama, a pan-African alumni network that supports young women during the critical transition from school to adulthood, provides ongoing peer mentoring, and business and life skills training.
The education of girls and women is widely recognized as one of the fastest and most efficient means to achieve economic development. In rural areas of Africa, challenges to accessing education are particularly acute during the transition from primary to secondary school. Fifty-six percent of Ghana’s population is concentrated in rural areas where severe poverty levels constrain education completion rates, especially among girls. In Malawi, eighty percent of the population lives below the poverty line. The country has one of the continent’s lowest transition rates from primary to secondary school. In both countries, the poorest households cannot afford secondary school education for their daughters.
The project will scale up Camfed’s proven girl-centred model in Ghana and Malawi, two countries poised for substantial growth. It will strengthen the Cama alumni network to train graduates with financial, business and life skills, and pilot an internship program to develop new livelihood opportunities.
|Location||West Africa, Southern Africa, Ghana, Malawi|
|Value||USD 10.1 Million|