Female education is essential for the success of every one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which outline what the international community has committed to achieve by 2030 (read more about the SDG’s here or watch this video).
That might sound like hyperbole but it’s true. I thought about going into more detail about how each SDG can be linked to education, but the infographic at the bottom of this post does that for me. Instead, I’ll talk about the charity I’m currently working for, which is making huge strides in sub-Saharan Africa.
Camfed aka The Campaign for Female Education is an international non-profit organization 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’s tagline echoes the message above about the broad impact that focusing on female education has on society’s greatest challenges: When you educate a girl, everything changes.
Camfed often cites that an educated girl will:
- earn up to 25% more for every year in secondary school
- reinvest 90% of her earnings in her family
- be 3x less likely to become HIV-positive
- marry later and have a smaller, healthier family
- resist gender-based violence and discrimination
- invest in her children’s education
Camfed’s bread and butter is supporting girls to go to school, but their flagship program is CAMA – the alumnae network for Camfed graduates. Since CAMA was founded in 1998 it has flourished (they recently hit the milestone of 100,000 members) and acts as proof of the multiplier effect of female education. Read more about CAMA here.
Camfed has just announced its #UnlockFutures campaign, which means that any donations received between 11th October 2017 and 10th January 2018 will be doubled by the UK Government. Please consider donating to my sponsorship campaign during this period – you can find out more in my blog post and my sponsorship page.
If you want to find out more about Camfed’s work, their website is full of resources, including numerous stories from individuals. There are lots of videos on their YouTube page and you can also read more about female education here: