A New Approach
To reach girls denied education because of poverty and tradition, “you’ve got to tailor things better . . . you can’t do more of the same,” according to World Bank Economists Maureen Lewis. The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund is doing just that. Made up of organizations that understand what it takes to reach girls who would otherwise be overlooked, it is making a real difference in the lives of girls want to go to school.
Complex factors bar girls from education in Africa. To overcome the barriers of costs, culture, and tradition, organizations must understand local needs and be trusted by local communities. Aid for Africa’s member organizations that participate in the fund are small, agile, and embedded in the African communities they serve. They understand what it takes and help bring solutions to African problems—including girls’ education. They have a history of supporting students who enroll in school, stay in school, and complete their educations.
The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund provides these effective, action-oriented organizations with funding to increase the number of girls they can support, while assuming many of the administrative burdens associated with funding requirements. The result is that the fund allows these organizations to concentrate on what they do best—helping African girls go to school and succeed in life.