Why Eastern Central Africa?
The United Nations has reported that Eastern Central Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion worldwide. Reports show that over one-fifth of children aged between 6 – 11 are out of school, followed by one third of children between the ages of 12 – 14.
This is largely due to a lack of schools and quality education, especially in rural areas. Many children do not have access to a local school, meaning that they are denied the opportunity to learn.
Low incomes together with limited access to schools has resulted in many children dropping out of school, being excluded from education or never even setting foot inside a school. Reports show that children and young people from rural areas are less likely to attend school than those in the cities, as the nearest school can be up to 15km away.
The UN warns that, without intervention, the situation in Eastern Central Africa is likely to get worse due to an increase in school age children and a continual demand for education. Rising demographics means that there is huge potential for expanded human resources, but without access to quality education a whole generation of young people will be left without decent employment.
Our team feels passionately about Eastern Central Africa and we believe that it is a geographical area that has enormous potential for increased economic growth and the capacity for real innovation and financial well-being.
But this has to start with education.