An estimated 1 in 6 children - or 356 million globally - live in extreme poverty and 2/3 of those children live in sub-Saharan Africa (UNICEF, 2020). We are addressing this need by providing scholarships, books, uniforms, school meals, school and teaching supplies, updating classrooms, transportation, solar lights, and computer training. This helps children / youths complete their education and become future leaders in Sierra Leone.
Of all regions, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion. Over one-fifth of children between the ages of about 6 and 11 are out of school, followed by one-third of youth between the ages of about 12 and 14. According to UIS data, almost 60% of youth between the ages of about 15 and 17 are not in school. -UNESCO, 2021 There is an urgent need to address this by providing empowering and quality education in concert with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This project will aid in equipping classrooms, providing scholarships, school supplies, books, transportation, computer training, school meals, etc. This helps to reduce illiteracy and school dropout rates. Education is a proven way to alleviate poverty and bring lasting change. Providing quality education reflects the fact that every child is entitled to fundamental human rights. Beneficiaries are educated and their lives are transformed.
The project is an effective long-term investment as it provides quality educational opportunities for children and youths. This is helping them to rise above poverty, become independent and better decision-makers. They are then better capable of making a significant contribution to their families, communities, nation, and the world at large. Education reduces poverty. It brings lasting empowerment and definite change.