Primary school enrollment in East Africa has improved significantly, but the number of children in class only tells part of the story. For students to get the most out of school, they need a quality education system with well-trained teachers and staff.
The challenge: A strong education system channels energy and brainpower towards a better future. But around the world, more than 260 million children are out of school, and 15 million girls will never enter a classroom in their life. Half of the world’s children and adolescents do not meet the minimum standards in reading and math, and of the world’s 123 million illiterate youth, 62 percent are girls. These gaps in education translate to a world where people of all ages are left out of opportunity, and do not reach their full potential as adults.
Our solution: From preschool programs to advanced education for adults, our investments train teachers and administrators, and improve classrooms and schools, with a focus on dismantling the barriers to education for women and girls. We support policy and research to develop and scale affordable, innovative solutions that raise the quality and accessibility of public school systems for the most marginalized children worldwide.
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Every country needs leaders who are equipped with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to build a solid foundation for development.
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It might look like a plain white metal cabinet. But for children living in this rural village in Kenya, it is a window to the world.
Welcoming the class of 2021: The University of Central Asia launches its first undergraduate program
Classes are officially underway at the University of Central Asia’s first undergraduate program in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. The inaugural cohort of 71 students is hitting the books – with a unique curriculum that has a Canadian connection.
AKFC works with partners in Bangladesh to improve access to quality early childhood care in some of the country’s most vulnerable communities.
In Afghanistan’s rural northern provinces, the barriers to educating girls are diverse and always changing – but often, the solutions are simple.
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