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Camfed (Campaign for Female Education) was established in 1993; the charity supports girls in rural Africa. Over 1,000,000 children have been supported to go to primary and secondary school across Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Camfed supports girls living in poor rural communities to go to school with the aid of bursaries. An education enables them, like their male peers, to become economically independent.  An alumnae network of Camfed-supported young women, CAMA, is now over 84,000 strong, and is set to grow to more than 130,000 by 2019.  It is very active in helping other children and young people in their communities. For example, CAMA has pledged to support one million girls through secondary school by 2020, and open up new pathways to independence and leadership.

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In December 2013, we gave a grant of £1,000,000 over three years to Camfed for the “Learner Guide” programme in Tanzania and Ghana. This programme has trained Camfed alumnae to be Learner Guides for 15-19 year-old school students. The Learner Guides act as peer mentors to the students, to help improve school attendance and  deliver a curriculum over a 12-18 month period in school aimed at boosting children’s aptitude for learning and their employment prospects.  The Learner Guide programme has trained 4,660 Learner Guides, reaching 250,000 school children.

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