Today, on World Teachers’ Day, digital education company TES Global announced that its staff have selected Camfed as its global charity partner. Camfed supports the education of girls and the leadership of young women in partnership with the school systems in sub-Saharan Africa. This new partnership will bring measurable impact to one of the most important Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 4 - Quality Education.
“We are incredibly excited about this partnership,” says Camfed CEO Lucy Lake. “TES Global shares our mission to improve the quality of teaching and learning for children and young people. By tapping into each other’s expertise across learning content, training curricula, and teaching resources, and the passion and deep engagement of our staff, this partnership has the potential to leave a powerful legacy. By choosing to fundraise for and work with Camfed, TES Global staff are not only directly changing the narrative for so many excluded girls, they will also bring invaluable expertise to the table, supporting teachers and our alumnae leaders with new skills and resources, which will help to ensure that students stay in school and succeed.”
Rob Grimshaw, CEO of TES Global, adds, “I am delighted that TES staff voted to support Camfed. As a company we are passionate about supporting teaching and learning. Together we can genuinely improve the learning outcomes and life chances of some of the most marginalised young people in Africa.
“The change is in the girls, the parents, and also the men and boys. It is what my father recognized, and what my male colleagues understand: when you educate a girl, you educate the whole community.”
Camfed’s latest blog by English and Swahili teacher Regina Ngereza in rural Tanzania celebrates the new partnership on World Teachers’ Day, and brings to life the work of Camfed-trained Teacher Mentors in sub-Saharan Africa.
Regina Ngereza describes the importance of emotional support networks for vulnerable girls at school, and her role in educating not just students, but parents and her community as a whole. The first in her family to achieve a secondary education, Regina has seen a great change in her community, not just among girls and young women, but in the new respect afforded them by boys and men, who are working together to change the status quo.
Read Regina Ngereza’s blog: ‘As a teacher, I can do something for my family, for my community, and for my nation as a whole’
Read Regina’s full blog here.
Camfed supports marginalised girls to go to school, succeed, and lead change.
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 education has transformative potential. Camfed not only supports girls and young women through school, but also on to new lives as entrepreneurs and community leaders. To complete the “virtuous cycle,” and create sustainable change, graduating students become CAMA alumnae, many of whom return to school to train and mentor new generations of students. Since 1993, Camfed’s innovative community-led education programmes have directly supported more than 1.6 million children to go to school in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi, and nearly 4 million children have benefitted from an improved learning environment at 5,306 partner schools. In 2014, Camfed was recognised by the OECD for best practice in taking development innovation to scale. In late 2014, Camfed made an historic commitment to support one million adolescent girls in rural Africa through secondary school by 2020 – a truly transformational pledge. Millions more children will benefit as a result.