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Currently, around 61 million children do not attend school and the lowest enrollment rates correspond to sub-Saharan Africa, where only 65% of children of school age have access to education.

The initiative of UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Schools for Africa provides an opportunity for African children to access quality education and let them dream about a better future.

This initiative comes as an idea from German businessman Peter Kromer, who is personally involved, donating 3.8 million euros as an initial contribution to the project, which also joined the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Large companies, governments and private contributors have helped with the financing of the project  Schools for Africa. The first phase of the project took place between 2005 and 2009, and it picked up 50 million dollars. This amount helped four million children in six countries: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The second phase of this ambitious educational project is being developed between 2010 and 2013, extending to five countries: Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Madagascar. It aims to make it possible for  eight million children to go to school.



Education is a fundamental human right and crucial to the development of individuals and societies. Moreover, achieving universal primary education is the second of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations.

  • Education helps to improve the living conditions and break the cycle of poverty suffered by millions of children in the developing world.
  • Education saves lives. In school there is water and latrines, two key services that prevent disease.
  • A girl who attends school  tends to marry later and have fewer children. In addition, children are more likely to survive, they are better fed and receive a proper education.

Schools for Africa opens a future of hope for millions of children in Africa.

Millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa have never had the opportunity to attend school. The initiative of UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Foundation Schools for Africa provides children with the opportunity to access education and dream of a better future.





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