Literate mothers are more likely to send their children to school, because theyknow how important it is for their future. Once those children get further in their education, completing high school, they will push them to continue further studies. Each generation will be educated a little more than the previous, improving their opportunities and with greater earnings potential.

Eight Countries – Over 15 Projects


% Global literacy rate for adults

This sounds like a great number, but it is the global average. It includes developed, developing and underdeveloped countries.

% Sub-Saharan African literacy

In many countries in this region, less than half of the population can read and write. Conflict-affected areas are barriers to education where safety and security are compromised.

% of males can read and write

Households often depend on youth labor and income, limiting access to education.

% of females can read and write

Girls face multiple barriers to education including distance, cultural norms and practices, gender-based violence and early or forced marriage.


Public education is free at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Primary education is offered for eight years and is compulsory between ages 7 and 12 with four years of secondary education following. Primary schools are generally accessible, and there is a high rate of enrollment; in contrast, there is a shortage of secondary schools, and enrollment declines at that level. The public school system in general has deteriorated from lack of adequate funding, teaching staff, facilities, and space, and overcrowding is common. Literacy rates in Ethiopia are much lower than regional and world averages. About half the male population is literate; literacy rate estimates for the female population range from about one-third to two-fifths.


Madagascar is recognized as one of the poorest nations in the world, however, the country’s education system is trying to change that. Education in Madagascar is derived from the French high school system – a program adopted at independence from France in 1960. In 1972, 100,000 students attended approximately 300 secondary schools, but by 1998, the number had risen to almost 2,000 schools educating around 500,000 students.


The Shoe That Grow is a patented design, invented by Kenton Lee after a trip to Kenya, of an innovative shoe that adjusts and expands up to five different sizes. It was developed with the help of multiple shoe design firms inspired by feedback from those who need and will use them. Simple, innovative products like these can meet immediate needs of health and safety for children and families in poverty and crisis situations.


While 94 percent of girls in Mozambique enroll in primary school, more than half drop out by the fifth grade, only 11 percent continue on to study at the secondary level, and just 1 percent continue on to college. Among children who finish primary school, nearly two-thirds leave the system without basic reading, writing, and math skills.