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How Cambridge charity Camfed helped 16,761 marginalised children in Africa to stay in education

Camfed has supported 16,761 marginalised children in rural education in Africa to stay in education and out of child marriage.

The Cambridge-based charity highlighted the success of its #UnlockFutures UK Aid Match appeal ahead of the Day of the African Child on June 16.

Angeline Murimirwa, of Camfed
Angeline Murimirwa, of Camfed

Camfed – the Campaign for Female Education – funded the work following an appeal in 2017-18, aimed at raising awareness of the issue of poverty pushing girls in rural Africa out of school and into early marriage. This raised £2.7m, with the UK government providing £1.3m to match donations by private UK residents.

The donations were used to fund an expansion of Camfed’s unique solution to girls’ exclusion from education: its Learner Guide programme.

It involves young women leaders educated with Camfed support, who were once themselves at risk of child marriage, returning to their local schools to provide social and life skills support to vulnerable children.

Lucy Lake, of Camfed
Lucy Lake, of Camfed

Fiona Mavhinga, of Camfed, said: “It’s in all of our power to keep girls in education and unlock their full potential. By investing in Camfed and supporting our Learner Guide programme, the UK public is investing in our multiplier effect, as young women graduates join the Camfed movement, mentor many more children and each, in turn, financially support another three girls in school. Together we are leading sustainable change in our communities.”

Day of the African Child is a day that calls for social justice and every child’s right to a quality education.

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